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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If it wasn’t my money in T20 franchise, they’d have caught me: Preity Zinta

kxip3 Preity invited us for a chat at the very same apartment. “I’m doing the interview here, because this is the building reports said I don’t live in anymore,” she says.

In clarification mode, she also defends her business investments, including her T20 franchise, and a film production venture that flopped.

Was it disappointing that your first film production venture didn’t work?
Yes, but tell me one production house that didn’t have a failure. I’ve done lots of things right, and I’ve had a lot of success, so it was okay to have a failure. I was new to the role of a producer, so I made mistakes, and some wrong choices. Having said that, I’m proud of my first venture. I put in a lot of hard work. And I took responsibility for the things I did right, and for the things I did wrong. There were losses, but they were mine. No one else lost money in it.

Has acting taken a back seat?
I’m not done with acting. But I’m not going to wear small bits of cloth and dance around. I didn’t do it when I started my career; I won’t do it now. Unless I get a role which is powerful, it won’t appeal to me. I’m glad I made business investments, because it gave me the confidence financially to make brave choices. If I hadn’t done that, I’d still have been trying to play 19-year-olds in films. I know there are other avenues for me.

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I was a bit arrogant, says Preity Zinta

Relatively controversy-free for the better part of her career, Preity Zinta suddenly finds herself in the news for all the wrong reasons, including rumours of her having gone bankrupt. Preity clears the air…

The curious case of Kamal Amrohi
I met Kamal Amrohi in the year 2000. Though he addressed me as his daughter, I ignored him initially. Gradually, I found out the old man had family issues. His nephew had stolen his shares and he asked me to help him get a lawyer to fight his case. Once he recovered the money, he wanted to make a movie, but then he died. The case is now sub-judice. I never took anything from anybody. The legal document containing proof of the money that I spent on him was also produced in court. He wanted to adopt me and make me his legal heir in his will. But I did not want to be adopted nor did I want any share of his property.

Thank god for the internet; there are a series of interviews online where he said that I had helped him financially, including buying a house. The other side is now slinging mud at me but the truth will come out. This world is becoming a terrible place. If you help someone, it backfires. Had I taken his money and if he was to die later, they’d have certainly accused me of killing him as well. All I can say is that it is not my nature to go ahead and slander people.

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“I am not one to regret anything” – Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta who turns a year older this week is back in the thick of Bollywood. In a freewheeling interview with Subhash K Jha she talks about her voluntary decision to take a sabbatical from acting to focus on her stint as the owner of an IPL team. With characteristic candour she evaluates her current film career and also lays bare her inner thoughts on matters pertaining to money and the heart.

What plans for your birthday?
I think I’ll only invite those friends who bring expensive gifts along.

Do you feel your career as a movie actor has suffered because of your participation in the IPL?
Of course it has. But it was extremely conscious decision. It was a new challenge that I wanted to take on. Having done so, if I were to do it half-hearted I’d have been accused of taking on more than I could handle. But I must say this film industry has given me everything. And I owe my entire success to it. I wouldn’t have wanted to shoot for three days and then taken off for a foreign country with the IPL for a fortnight. I couldn’t balance both careers. Now that the IPL is settled I am back to doing movies. I am now entering the most interesting phase of my career.

Last year you produced Ishkq In Paris which went horribly wrong?
I wouldn’t say it went horribly work. But yes, it didn’t work out. Everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong. On our very first day of shooting temperatures fell to minus 23 degrees in Paris. It was the coldest European winter in 65 years. Then the train we were shooting on broke down, someone committed suicide. Every mistake I could make, I made. I am someone who has an opinion and I like to assert myself. I should have been more assertive. The only consolation is, no one in this movie industry lost a single penny because of my movie. Every actor has a failure. It’s okay. There are lots of things that have worked. This didn’t. So what? I’m the kind of person who runs even harder after I fall.

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Preity on Abbas Tyrewala’s case

Preity Zinta says Abbas Tyrewala never worked for Ishkq In Paris. She plans to take strict action against the filmmaker for damaging her goodwill.

Preity Zinta might have failed to appear repeatedly before a Mumbai court that eventually ordered a non-bailable arrest warrant against her, but she made sure to present her side of the story.

Scriptwriter and filmmaker Abbas Tyrewala had knocked the court with a bounced cheque of over Rs 18 lakh which the actor allegedly gave him in lieu of dialogues he wrote for her debut production venture Ishkq In Paris. However, the 38-year-old actor has rubbished Tyrewala’s claims. According to her, he is lying simply because he never worked for her film. “He has lied and deposited a cheque that was supposed to be used only if he did work for us which he did not do. Neither did he sign any paper work nor did he do any work but took a cheque that was not meant to be taken. So we did stop payment and now he claims it to be bounced,” she clarified.

The actor claimed that all the members of the cast and crew were duly paid on time. “Every single person that has worked for us has been paid but I cannot pay someone for work he has not done.

He abused my goodwill and took a cheque which was supposed to be used only if he did work for us. I did not register a case of a stolen cheque as I did not want to embarrass him but now the matter is in court and its all there for anyone to see. If he has any proof of any paper work he has or any work he has done, he is most welcome to claim a payment,” she said.

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Sunshine girl Zinta is back in films

Preity Zinta is Bollywood’s equivalent of America’s sweetheart. She’s charming and exudes that best-friend vibe. Perhaps that’s why certain directors have categorically told her that she can never look poor on the big screen.

“They felt I had this westernized, urban image,” said Zinta in an interview with tabloid!

“Even if I did films such as Veer Zaara or Heaven On Earth, people still labelled me as that chirpy, modern girl. It’s a tag that stuck even if I did serious roles,” she added. Instead of resisting the tag, the 38-year-old actress is now capitalizing on that sunny image. After a gap of five years, Zinta turns producer with romantic drama Ishkq In Paris, for which she has co-written the script with director Prem Soni. “I play a career woman who’s not over-the-top bubbly. There’s a lot of depth in my role. Every girl out there will identify with my character,” said Zinta, who cautions us not to expect a typical Bollywood song-and-dance film.

“We have kept the film realistic. I have always wanted to make films of substance,” said Zinta. The movie stills may not scream realistic (think Zinta in winter-inappropriate mini-skirts in the streets of Paris), but the actress is confident about its success. The film also features French actress Isabelle Adjani.

“It has been an incredible journey. All that could go wrong in Paris went wrong. When we were shooting, it was the coldest winter in decades and it wasn’t easy. Our director was diagnosed with cancer and he lost his loved one, so it got delayed further. But when my mother saw the full film, she just hugged me and said she was proud of me because I had made a clean film. That felt good. All’s well that ends well.” said Zinta.

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Film production a thankless job: Preity

Actress Preity Zinta, who is gearing up for the release of her debut production venture ” Ishkq in Paris”, finds production work difficult. She says it’s more like crisis-management and is a thankless job.

“The toughest part was crisis-management. Production, of course, is a thankless job,” she said at a promotional event of the film. “What happens is that everybody’s problem is your problem. As an actor, you are used to isolating yourself. When you are on set, you just focus on your role and the rest doesn’t matter,” she added.

Preity said that whenever she tried to take some time for herself, someone or the other would come to her with a problem or more. “That time I was like, ‘God, why is it happening with me?’ But having said that, I like to multi-task and at the end of the day, I feel if you have taken on a certain responsibility, you should shoulder it,” she said.

Meanwhile, Preity, who also plays the main lead in the film, says the film is very contemporary and identifiable. “‘Ishkq in Paris’ is an identifiable film. It does not challenge your intelligence. It is coming out in 2013 and has the persona of today’s people,” she said.


‘Saiyaan’ – Ishkq in Paris (promo)

Just two days left for the release of Ishkq in Paris! To keep you sweet, a new promo is out of the song Saiyaan. It is sung beautifully by Nusret Ali Khan. What do you think? Make sure you catch Ishkq in Paris this Friday in a cinema near you! Let me know what you think.

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