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Preity Zinta: Interview

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After a short hiatus, Bollywood's dimpled beauty Preity Zinta has made her come back on the silver screen with the movie Ishkq in Paris. Preity have had a successful Bollywood so far, and has been paired in films opposite almost every lead actor of Bollywood. In her latest release, Ishkq in Paris, Preity has played the role of a girl named Ishkq, who prioritises her career more than relationships. During the interview with Sonika Mishra from Oneindia, Preity Zinta spoke extensively about her film Ishkq in Paris and a few other things.

You have entered the field of production with Ishkq in Paris. How different is it to work as a producer and as an actor?
I feel as a producer, you don't have a viewpoint in the film. But, as a writer, you have a viewpoint. I have also worked in the script of this film, so I have included few of my viewpoints in the flick. Like, I had to shoot at the Eiffel Tower, Paris. I had spent a lot and it almost took 8 long months, and finally I shot at Eiffel Tower. And now, I feel really very good.

What made you cast Rehman Mallik for Ishqk in Paris? Why didn't you approach a bigger star?
Do you ask the same question to Shahrukh and Salman Khan, who have acted with new heroines in several movies. Rehman was cast in the film, since he's new and he can bring a freshness in it. People love to see fresh faces, so he was chosen for the role.

You had to face a lot of problems for the film, ever since its shooting till its release. Please tell us something about it.
When we were shooting at France, we had to face the terrible cold weather. We faced a tough time due to extreme cold weather. Then, when the movie was all set for release, Prem got cancer, and his father passed away. So, we had to face several problems.

Was it difficult to work with a newcomer?
Yes, it was, because you got to remind him what is right and what is wrong. But, Rehman has worked really hard for the film.

You are getting back to the silver screen after a long time. Today, your competitors have surpassed you in some or the other way, while there are many young actresses in the industry too. What do you have to say about that?
I don't think in this way. When I first came into the industry, even then, there were several bigger stars ahead of me. But, I made a niche for myself in Bollywood. I don't know that now I have to make a place for myself again in the industry. I already have a place for myself in the industry. Today, I don't have prove myself here. Now, I want to act only in those movies, which I like.

Was there a pressure on you, since this is your first release as a producer?

Yes, I was a bit nervous and tensed.

Is your character in the film somewhere related to your real life?

No, there's no connection between my character in the film and my real life. Once I had a fight with a reporter, over this same question. Years back, when my film Chori Chori Chupke Chupke was released, someone asked me if my character in the film is related to my real life. I asked the person what kind of question was this. I was playing the role of a sex worker in that movie, and he's saying that the role is connected to my real life.

Salman Khan did an item dance in your film? Was he the lucky mascot for your film?

For the world, Salman Khan is the superstar, but for me, he's my friend. I felt nice that he worked in my film. Salman has a larger-than-life screen presence. People love to watch him onscreen.

You did not attend Cannes Film Festival, 2013? Do you miss the event?

Yes, I do. Ever since I joined IPL, I had stopped going to the Cannes. In the past, only Aishwarya and I used to visit Cannes regularly. But since IPL started (April-May), I didn't get the chance to go to the Cannes.

Do you have any future plans to make women-oriented films?

So far, I have been busy for Ishqk In Paris. I'll see in the future....

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