In what has to be one of the most sporting announcements, the actress, 42, wrote in a Facebook post: "I was holding on the 'Miss Tag' rather seriously till now, until I met someone 'Goodenough'." Taking a dig at her husband's surname, she added, "Let the Goodenough jokes begin."
Preity's close friend and colleague Riteish Deshmukh was the first from the Bollywood fraternity to follow her advice:
Heartiest Congratulations Mrs Z @realpreityzinta - Goodenough for you is Goodenough for us. Love & Happiness forever- Big hugggg? Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) March 6, 2016
Twitter, however, went into a joke overdrive much before the actress gave her permission. Sample these tweets soon after she was married:
Gene is Goodenough for @realpreityzinta? Shailesh Varudkar (@sbvarudkar) March 1, 2016
Preity Zinta: "I wanna get married but koi mil nahi raha"? Akshar (@AksharPathak) March 1, 2016
Friend: "I know a guy. Financial analyst hai. America me."
The Gene is Preity Goodenough. Congrats @realpreityzinta have a Blessed wedded life..kisi ki nazar na lage? Donna Thapa Rana (@teracerno9) March 1, 2016
Congratulations poured in from all quarters:
CONGRATULATIONS to my dear friend @realpreityzinta on finally taking the plunge!Welcome to the gang Z. Big love to both of u. Eternal tings!— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) March 6, 2016
They were promptly thanked for their wishes
Thank you for all the love & good wishes folks Appreciate it from the bottom of my heart I'm touched; humbled Love u all tingPreity zinta (@realpreityzinta) March 6, 2016
Thank you my darling AB The earth didn't shake & there was no thunderhaha !See U guys soon when Im back love ya https://t.co/K26XrKGQOJPreity zinta (@realpreityzinta) March 6, 2016
Preity, star of films like Dil Se, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke and Mission Kashmir and Gene, a financial analyst, will reportedly host a Bollywood-style reception in Mumbai in April.
The actress was earlier believed to be in a relationship with industrialist Ness Wadia. Ness and Preity, co-owners of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab, are believed to have dated for five years between 2005 and 2009. In June 2014, the actress filed a police complaint accusing the Wadia Group scion of having attacked her at an IPL match in Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.
Preity made a comeback with the poorly-received Ishkq in Paris (2013) which she produced as well as starred in. She was last seen in 2014's Happy Ending.