By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Friday, December 29, 2006
Preity is in a Christmassy mood. She's at her cousin Inder's place for lunch when she takes a look at the year to come. She has been very much in the news for wrong reasons. She laughs about her two confrontational situations with the media in 2007 when she took on a tabloid and ticked off TV journalists who barged into her compound.
She laughs, "I growled when I was provoked beyond endurance. And it's over and done with. This kind of a thing really saps your energy. But somewhere you need to put your foot down. But my biggest high this year has been to see the efficiency of the judicial system and the awakening of the youth. There was one student in Delhi who stood up to file a PIL and that prompted justice for Jessica Lal."
Moving to less grim topics, Preity reveals she's going skiing in Colorado for the New Year. "I've been in the snow a lot. But I never skied. And I do want to learn a new sport. It's never too late to learn. I'll be gone for two weeks."
When told Saif Ali Khan has also gone skiing for the New Year, Preity quips, "Saif and I could do a ski film together."
"Well in my films I managed to balance out my marital karma pretty well. If in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna I was divorced, in Jaan-E-Mann I made sure the family stayed together. Was I disappointed by the Indian box-office collections of my two releases in 2006? No way. Ten years from now I'll be extremely proud of both the films. At the end of the day I need to be happy and proud of what I do."
Thoughts for 2007? "First of all, I'm looking at the release of my only film on the floors. Shaad Ali's Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom has shaped up really well. And for the first time I've agreed to do three films in 2007... Finally! I've heard such amazing scripts that I'd be doing two more than I usually do. I've never looked anxiously over my shoulder at the so-called competition. If I want I could do seven films a year. But I've chosen to do one. And now I'll be doing three in 2007. As I grow older I'm more contained and even more charged about my work. "
Her two films in 2006 have given her a serious image. "And I want to break even more stereotypes in 2007. I'm venturing into roles I've never done before. What excited me two years ago no longer does so. Thank God I've the choice to be adventurous. I don't want to spend my time doing anything I'll regret. After the Tsunami my attitude to life and career changed. My first life-changing experience was when I was 14 and my dad suddenly passed away. The second was the Tsunami. Today I'm a totally different person. When you see death so closely you realize what frivolous lives we really need."
Preity has just returned from the bravery awards in Delhi. "And I can't tell you how humble I feel. Ordinary people with such human spirit...I felt so small in front of them. We always want more when we already have so much. I never thought I'd get so much in life."
Coming to her much-discussed relationship with Ness Wadia Preity says, "There's so much being discussed about it even without my talking about it. Somewhere I need to preserve that part of me away from public life. Otherwise all my work and my identity would get drowned in that one relationship. I can't keep clarifying untruths all the time. But no one listens. I don't lie about anything. If I'm wrong I'd admit it."
Anything she'd like to change in 2007? "2006 was a good year for me and I'm not talking about the box-office. I've had a great year and 2007 is going to rock. I feel I've extra batteries inside me. I'm all charged up. And... I'll be more in the country in 2007 than in the past few years. That should kill the rumours about my personal life. I've noticed there's more speculation when I'm not in the country."
Preity quips, "If I wanted every aspect of my life to be written about I'd go on Bigg Boss."
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