Years ago, she was laughed at when she talked about running her own business someday. Today, she’s is seen as one helluva successful owner in the cutthroat world of IPL. She’s held her own despite the charges levelled at her outfit and emerged strong. But then, Preity Zinta has been known for both her beauty and her balls. She was once crowned as the ‘only man in the industry’, thanks to her testimony against the underworld. She’s also taken the property dispute with the late Shandar Amrohi’s family head-on. She’s no bra-burning feminist but advises new girls to hold on to their clothes and not just turn into bikini babes. She says she’s happy without ex-Ness Wadia and doesn’t really need a man. Almost in the same breath, she confesses seeing someone but won’t name him as she’s tired of her personal life being played out in the tabloids. Unruffled by the debacle of Ishkq In Paris, she will be seen in Bhayyaji Superhitt, Happy Ending and other projects. Her never-say-die approach make her a living, breathing woman of today than a perked up Barbie. She’s steel wrapped in velvet. Excerpts…
How is the IPL 7 looking like?
Great! We have a brand new team, a well-balanced squad. We’re excited to have Virendra Sehwag on board, he’s a dynamic and destructive player. We’re also happy to have Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Glen Maxwell, Thisara Perera, Shawn Marsh and David Miller, whom we call Miller The Killer!
Have controversies affected the morale of your team?
This is part of the game. It hasn’t affected us because we have been pretty straight and clean. I don’t believe all of cricket is bad, there might be one or two characters. I’m glad they are out of the game and have faced tough consequences. I feel bad because our fans have emotionally invested in the game.
IPL is not happening in India this time. Does it mean loss of revenue?
Well, as much as I love cricket, the elections are more important. So we have had to take it overseas. But we’re going to come back here and hold the other half of the tournament in India. Everyone’s beating BCCI and saying nasty things about them. But they have been wonderful. They’ve assured us that if things go beyond a certain point; they’ll make sure that the franchises don’t lose money.
How is your relationship with Ness Wadia (co-owner of Kings XI Punjab) today?
It got over in 2009. So we need to stop mentioning him every time.
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