It’s official now: Preity Zinta has oodles of heart, and her gutsy attitude is there for all to see. Not all would put their maiden production’s release on hold — that too for over six months — for a director undergoing medical treatment for cancer.
Zinta stood by Prem Raj as he went through his low phase and treatment, preferring to lose money but standing by the man with whom she had started her new journey.This interview was conducted on the eve of her film’s release in 2012, just before things went wrong. Excerpts from it follow.
What would you say if asked whether ‘Ishkq In Paris’ is your comeback?
I would argue with you on the word! C’mon yaar, I was only off films for two years — “Heroes” and “The Last Lear” were released in 2008 and “Videsh”/”Heaven On Earth” in 2009 in India, so you cannot call my film “Ishkq In Paris” a comeback. I am not coming back after 10 or 15 years, and I had not left films. It’s just that at that time I was not getting roles of my liking, so I decided to get into IPL (Indian Premier League) and thought that since it was a new zone, I should learn more about it and concentrate on that.
You are looking younger and fresher.
(Laughs) I am rejuvenated after my break, have lost 10 kilos, and I am very excited. Everything feels new! I did not miss films in this period because I was learning new things. I am now also planning to fulfill my late dad’s wish to start a sports school, which needs three things — time, inclination and financial ability — all of which I have now!
How much of your life is planned?
I never plan! I prefer to flow with the tide. But I am a risk-taker by nature. I never thought that I would become an actor, as I wanted to do criminal psychology. I also wanted to be, since childhood, a truck driver, the prime minister and an air hostess! (Laughs again) When mom saw some hints in my persona and asked me if I wanted to be an actress, I told her, “Never!”
Another kink I have is that I get hell bent on doing anything when people tell me I am not suited for it or advise me, “Yeh mat kar (don’t get into this),” like the IPL business.
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