Preity Zinta on 'Veer-Zaara'


<a href='//www.bollywoodmantra.com/celebrity/preity-zinta/' 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>Resting in the top slot isn’t an easy game. There are expectations, delusions, hopes and disillusionments. For Preity Zinta, the last two years have been a smooth sail, with feeble undercurrents and few breezes. But such mild turbulence comes with being a star of stature, and our dimpled darlin’ isn’t complaining. In a quick tête-à-tête, Preity Zinta tells about
her cruise to success....

The element of ambiguity in ‘Veer Zaara’ has aroused tremendous curiosity with avidly waiting audiences...
“I have enjoyed shooting it. And I will talk about it in detail when the time comes. It’s been superb working with Yash Chopra. I will be doing everything Yash Chopra’s heroines do - that includes wearing white! The film has a beauty of its own. It has its own world, something that I think every Yash Chopra film has. I didn’t have to wake up at 4am in the morning and report for shooting; I would go by 9:30-10:00 and work comfortably through the day. Yashji is so much in love with cinema that he transports you some place else. He and Shekhar Kapur were the only people I knew when I came to Mumbai, so I have admired him for eons now. “

‘Koi Mil Gaya’, ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ and now ‘Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha’ - you’ve had nothing but the best in the recent times...
“I owe everything that I am today to the industry. It’s welcomed me with open arms. It’s given me financial freedom, emotional freedom, the confidence, fame...In fact, it has even shaped my personality in so many ways. And I am glad I have been a part of so many success stories.”

You are the latest entrant to the Yash Chopra camp and the industry does believe in campism. What’s your take on it?
“Yes, sure, certain people enjoy working with a few select stars, but that’s simply because we all form a comfort zone and become complacent with wherever we are. It holds true for any business, even if you go to a bank and they have their own preferred clientele; even teachers have their favourite students, so why can’t directors have their favourite stars? It was difficult in the beginning of my career, as I didn’t have anyone to hold my hand and lead me, but on the other hand it proved to be an advantage - I didn’t have any preconceived notions about anything. I came in with an open mind and I absorbed everything. Thankfully, I didn’t have to unlearn anything.”

‘Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha’ is directed by a fairly new director, and today the biggest and most senior stars have no qualms about working with the new breed...
“At one time I wondered if I was doing the right films; today I know I have made the right choices. Indian cinema is changing - not step by step, but by leaps. New blood is coming in, mindsets are changing and our exposure to the world is ever-increasing. I am glad these positive changes are happening when I am in the industry and not ten years from now.”

So is ‘Veer Zaara’ Preity’s dream role?
“I have played Nisha (KMG), Naina (KHNH) and Pari (DNJAK), and with each role I have lived a different woman. With each role my world has changed. All have been like a dream come true for me. And I believe the fastest way to make your dream come true is to wake up!”