Preity Zinta as a rustic bandit

Actress-businesswoman Preity Zintais set to make a comeback with Neeraj Pathak’s ‘Bhaiyyaji’, in which she plays a ferocious bandit. The film will also feature Sunny Deol as a gangster from Uttar Pradesh.

According to Pathak, Preity Zinta has pulled it off with aplomb. “Preity plays a Uttar Pradeshwali. She plays a gangster’s daughter. She’s no-nonsense UP gangster and Sunny Deol’s wife,” he added.
Apparently Preity’s transformation into a foul-mouthed rustic bandit was so convincing that Sunny wants to cast her as Sohni’s Punjabi mother in the remake of ‘Sohni Mahiwal’, a film that the actor reportedly wants to do with his son in the lead.

Pathak said: “Preity’s interpretation of the firebrand wife’s character is bang-on. She will not be seen as only for urbane sophisticated roles after ‘Bhaiyyaji’. We’ve 12 days’ shooting left. We will complete the shooting post-monsoon,” said the director.

In the past Preity had worked with both Sunny and Bobby in ‘The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy’ and ‘Soldier’. Interestingly, both the films were hits.



I said seven years ago that Narendra Modi should be the Prime Minister: Preity Zinta

I am doing two films right now, one is called Bhaiyyaji Superhit and the other is Happy Ending, and I had nothing to do with what it’s called. It’s a film with Saif. You will be hearing about me doing some other movies soon but as of now, it’s just about the IPL and the elections. It’s the first time since 1984 — it’s been the most decisive elections for India with the BJP coming as the single largest party with such a big majority.

Politics and elections
I had said seven years ago that I would like to see Mr Modi as Prime Minister. I started off as his biggest critic. Post Godhra, there were only negative thoughts in my head about him being communal. But then when I started going to Gujarat to shoot etc and meeting other people there, especially the Muslims and the stories I heard from them and the development that I saw around them made me see him in a different light. And you know what? The Supreme Court has given him a clean chit so who are we to judge? If the highest court in the country says something we must go by that, and secondly, it’s not the first time that we have had riots in India. We have had riots from 1984 to Kashmiri Pandit issues to the Godhra riots to the Muzaffarnagar riots – we have had all these issues but who, after falling down so badly, has gotten up and taken care of his state and done something for the people? So that means that there’s a future with this person and that was the only reason that I really started leaning towards him and becoming a fan of his. The way the Gujarat machinery works, it would be great if India could be like that. We would be that Golden Bird once again people talked of and poets wrote about. I just hope that people don’t expect him to do everything in one day and just give him some time!

Production time
I am going to make a lot of movies. Ishq In Paris will not the only film I ever make. That was a great learning experience and very tough to make but I think I am ready to come back bigger, better and stronger.

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Preity Zinta puts films projects on hold for cricket

Preity Zinta is a busy lady, juggling her T20 team and under-wraps entrepreneur ventures at the same time. So much so that the actor hasn’t had time to shoot for her next film, starring Sunny Deol and has currently put the project on hold. “We have shot 50 per cent of the film. But now Bhaiyyaji Superhitt will have to wait for a little bit because I am going to South Africa. They can’t shoot right now, and then I will have the T20 tournament,” says Preity.

The actor is concentrating more on her business and wants to wrap up her international commitments, related to the venture, before the cricket tournament begins. So, she is not sure when she can start shooting again. “We started it around October last year and a film takes at least a year to be complete. Not every film is made in three months,” she says.

Preity has certainly not retired from acting and is already in talks for her film projects. “I have two films and will sign them soon. I can’t reveal anything about those films, but you will come to know soon. They are big projects,” says Preity.

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Fans have stood by us: Preity Zinta

Actor Preity Zinta, who co-owns the T20 team Kings XI Punjab, is thankful to her fans for their unconditional support even when the team was going through a rough phase last season.

“Going home to the Mohali ground is wonderful, and not for any other reason but for the fact that the crowd has stood by us even during our worst phase. There was a time when the team wasn’t doing well and even I didn’t have the inspiration to go and watch the game. But all the fans came. I love the Kings XI fans and hope we can win the cup for them,” said Preity, who was recently in the Capital for the Young Women Achievers Awards, organised by the Young FICCI Ladies Organisation.

When asked about her favourite city, the 38-year-old shared, “I have grown up in Delhi in a way and love the city, but Mumbai is my favourite. Delhi is clean, beautiful and the people are fabulous, but I do get a little nervous being all on my own here. In Mumbai, I can walk around alone but here I get scared. Having said that, there’s no place like Delhi.”

Preity also said that she’ll start shooting for her next film, Bhaiyyaji Superhitt, in July. As of now, she is busy with the T20 tournament and promoting her film, Ishkq in Paris. “I’ll take a month-long break after Ishkq in Paris and the T20 tournament. Then I’ll start shooting for Bhaiyyaji Superhitt in July,” she said.


Films wait in pipeline with Preity not ready

Whatever happened to Preity Zinta? That’s the question fans and cinema-goers have been asking themselves, wondering where the bubbly heroine has been off to. Well, the answer is: She has been busy with her home production Ishkq In Paris. And given that she has rather superstitiously avoided announcing more projects till Ishkq In Paris releases, a lot of producers are nervously awaiting her approval.

Bhaiyyaji Superhit and Jai Ramji are both films which have been offered to Preity, but she has refrained from signing on the dotted line, as she wants to take her career decisions after much serious thought. “Preity will be returning after a long hiatus and she wants to choose her projects with care,” says an insider. Neeraj Pathak, director of Bhaiyyaji Superhit has already signed on Ameesha Patel, but is still hopeful of getting Preity on board as well. “Preity liked the idea a lot though we are yet to sign her. In principle she should be on, but let her say ‘yes’ before we make any announcements,” he says.

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