Preity Zinta in 'Mantra'

<a href='//' title='Preity Zinta' class='article_display_tag' data-id='preity-zinta' id='article_tag_data_preity-zinta' style='display: inline-block;'><strong>Preity Zinta</strong></a>Here's some vital info on the Shekhar Kapur-produced film MANTRA, to be directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The makers have signed Preity Zinta to play a...
...pivotal role in the film. Incidentally, Preity is Shekhar's discovery – he had signed her for TA RA RUM PUM PUM much before she bagged Mani Ratnam's DIL SE.

Shekhar, who had seen MAQBOOL at the Marrakech Film Festival, had struck up a friendship with Vishal and both were seen walking through the streets of Marrakech late at night discussing cinema.

Apparently, Shekhar mooted the idea for MANTRA in a small teashop in Marrakech. Vishal was so taken by the idea that the deal was struck immediately over a glass of mint tea!

Shekhar fished into his pockets and pulled out all the Dirhams he had and gave them to Vishal as a signing amount. Vishal immediately took the money and gave it all to a kid who had been asking them for money.