Preity G Zinta, one of the most popular and recognizable stars of Indian cinema, is set to receive an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University (BCU) ahead of her visit to the West Midlands to participate in the region’s Diwali celebrations.
The 48-year-old actress will be honored for her significant contributions to Bollywood and the business world. The honorary degree will be formally presented to her by BCU in India next year.
During her visit to the West Midlands, Preity G Zinta will join Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, for a weekend of exciting events in conjunction with the Consulate General of India on Saturday, November 4, and Sunday, November 5.
The events will include a star-studded gala dinner at Millennium Point and a cultural program at Birmingham Town Hall.
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Preity G Zinta’s last appearance in the UK was over a decade ago when she spoke to Oxford University students at the Oxford Union Society.
The Mayor expressed his excitement about her visit and the award, highlighting her remarkable contributions to Bollywood and philanthropic endeavors. He noted the importance of her visit in resonating with the local Indian community and students in Birmingham.
Speaking about the honorary doctorate, Preity G Zinta expressed her privilege and excitement about receiving the honor from BCU, which aligns with her career in business and media. She also expressed her eagerness to participate in the Diwali celebrations in Birmingham and meet the local community.
Birmingham City University’s Vice Chancellor welcomed Preity G Zinta into the university’s family and emphasized the potential for collaboration between the university and the actress, spanning Indian cinema to entrepreneurship. He lauded her outstanding contributions to the global film industry and regarded her as an inspiration.
Preity G Zinta’s life story has captivated audiences worldwide, and she is most remembered for her roles in Bollywood blockbusters, including “Veer Zara.”
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The West Midlands is increasingly becoming a favorite location for Bollywood movies, and the region boasts a growing screen sector. It is seen as a hub for attracting filmmakers and fostering talent in the creative industry.
Preity G Zinta’s visit will follow the Birmingham India Film Festival and is expected to enhance ties between the West Midlands and the Indian film industry.
The weekend guide for her visit includes a tour of the creative district of Digbeth, drinks and networking reception at Millennium Point, and an evening gala dinner at Millennium Point. There will also be a cultural program at Birmingham Town Hall on Sunday, November 5, where Preity G Zinta will make a guest appearance on stage to light the divas as part of the Diwali celebrations.