Preity Zinta denies contesting election

News doing rounds in the media said, Bollywood’s dimpled star may contest in the coming Lok Sabha elections against Congress MP and actor Sanjay Dutt’s sister Priya Dutt on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket. When a fan of hers asked, on a social networking website, whether Preity was fighting the Lok Sabha election on a BJP ticket? Preity replied that the piece of news was totally untrue.

The actress had reportedly tweeted saying, “Where did u read this? Pls tear dat paper cuz its 100% UNTRUE.

It was in fact quite amusing to imagine the prospect of Preity Zinta contesting the elections on a BJP ticket because even she was never heard saying that she had any political ambitions.

But, according to some news reports, the BJP wants Preity to fight against the Congress MP Priya Dutt from the North-Central Mumbai constituency. The party is keen on having a celebrity to pit against Priya Dutt. The report also said that the party General Secretary, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, and Preity were distant relatives.

But reports in a daily said, the actress had already turned down Rudy’s offer saying she had too much on her hands. But it seems the BJP was not willing to give up on her as yet. The position is still vacant and awaiting a star to emerge.

Preity, who is also co-owner of Kings XI Punjab IPL team, began film production last year with the movie “Ishkq in Paris”.

The silver-screen star made her acting debut with ‘Dil Se…’ in 1998. She then appeared in ‘Soldier’ in the same year. Her performances in the movies won her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, and she was later also recognised for her role as a teenage single mother in ‘Kya Kehna’ in 2000.

She has acted in two Telugu films, ‘Premante Idera’ (1998), opposite Venkatesh and ‘Raja Kumarudu’ (1999), opposite Mahesh Babu.

Preity appeared for the first time in an international movie in the Canadian film ‘Heaven on Earth’, for which she won the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress at the 2008 Chicago International Film Festival.

Besides acting, she has also written a series of columns for BBC News Online South Asia, and is a social activist, a television anchor, and a regular stage performer. She is the founder of the production company PZNZ Media.