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5 memorable songs featuring Preity Zinta: Birthday special

As the dimpled princess turns 45, we take a look at five popular numbers that highlighted Preity Zinta's beauty, charm and grace.

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Model, actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist Preity Zinta was born on 31 January 1975 and burst into Hindi cinema with Mani Ratnam's classic Dil Se... (1998). With her million-watt smile parenthesized by those cute dimples, Zinta quickly charmed her way into the hearts of the audience.

With a degree in criminal psychology, Preity Zinta is a member of that supposedly rare tribe: beautiful women with brains. From a CBI officer in Tanuja Chandra's Sangharsh (1999) to a teenage single mother in Kundan Shah's Kya Kehna (2000), she proved her versatility at the very beginning of her career.

At the turn of the millennium, Preity Zinta was among the highest paid actresses in Hindi cinema, delivering hits like Mission Kashmir (2000), Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), Veer-Zara (2004) and Salaam Namaste (2005). As she turns 45, we revisit five of the best songs from her film career.

'Jiya Jale Jaan Jale' — Dil Se... (1998)

Dil Se... (1998) was Preity Zinta's first film and what a debut it was! Though she had a small role, the impact she left was evident.

The film was backed by memorable music composed by the Mozart of Madras, AR Rahman. While all the songs from the film have achieved cult classic status, 'Jiya Jale Jaan Jale' is still remembered for Lata Mangeshkar's mellifluous voice and Preity Zinta's vivaciousness. Zinta beautifully expressed restless craving to be with her lover and soon-to-be fiance, played by Shah Rukh Khan. Her graceful dance and dimples just add to the viewing experience

'Soldier, Soldier' — Soldier (1998)

Soldier (1998) was actually supposed to be Preity Zinta's debut film as she shot for it before Dil Se..., but Soldier's release got postponed and Dil Se... ended up becoming Zinta's first film to be released.

The 'Soldier Soldiersong from the Abbas-Mustan film was a rage back when it used to air on Doordarshan's famous Chhayageet show. Zinta played a simpleton of a young woman who is wooed by Bobby Deol's man with a mission. She looks graceful as ever in the song despite the cringe-worthy choreography.

'Bumro' — Mission Kashmir (2000)

In Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Mission Kashmir (2000), Preity Zinta played the role of an innocent Kashmiri girl who is caught in the crossfire of a terrorist plot.

'Bumro', based on a popular folk tune from the Kashmir valley, was the most popular song from the film. The choreography for the number required Zinta to perform all the steps seated in one position. The actress brought forth all the emotions in the song so beautifully with her eyes and expressions that you just can't take your eyes off her.

'Haila Haila Hua Hua' — Koi... Mil Gaya (2003)

In Rakesh Roshan's Koi... Mil Gaya (2003), Preity Zinta played a young woman who falls in love with a mildly retarded young man who suddenly becomes very intelligent as he receives special powers from an alien.

The romantic dance number 'Haila Haila Hua Hua' is a song where they express their love for each other. The bubbly romantic number sees Preity Zinta and Hrithik Roshan dancing at various picturesque locations. Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan provided the vocals for this beautifully composed track by Rajesh Roshan.

'Bol Na Halke Halke' — Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007)

Shaad Ali's Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) was a big mess. The film was a huge debacle, except for the music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The song 'Bol Na Halke Halke' in particular is still remembered by music lovers for its melody.

Alvira Khan (Zinta) and Thukral (Abhishek Bachchan) are deeply in love with each other but can't express their feelings owing to their circumstances, but this dream-sequence number gives full play to their emotions. The song was sung with feeling by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Mahalaxmi Iyer.