Although she confesses to loneliness in the boarding school, she noted that it was compensated by her finding a "... Upon graduating from the boarding school in Sanawar (The Lawrence School) at age 18, Zinta enrolled at St. She graduated college with an English honours degree, and then started a graduate programme in psychology.In 1997, Zinta met Shekhar Kapur when she accompanied a friend to an audition, and was asked if she would audition too.
She was originally scheduled to make her screen debut in Kapur's Tara Rum Pum Pum opposite Hrithik Roshan, but the filming was cancelled.
These controversies include her being the only witness not to retract in court her earlier statements against the Indian mafia during the 2003 Bharat Shah case, for which she was awarded the Godfrey Phillips National Bravery Award.
He died in a car accident when she was 13 years old; the accident also involved her mother, Nilprabha, who was severely injured and consequently remained bedridden for two years.
Set in the valley of Kashmir during the Indo-Pakistani conflicts, the film dealt with the topic of terrorism and crime.
Zinta's role was that of Sufiya Parvez, a TV reporter and Roshan's childhood love.
Zinta called the tragic accident and her father's death a significant turning point in her life, which forced her to mature rapidly.