She is a successful actress, has represented many brands, co-owns an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise and is now ready with her debut film production. Preity Zinta (right) has a good business sense, says Prem Raj (left), director of her home production Ishkq In Paris. “She is a businesswoman in her head. She has worked a lot, owns an IPL team. So it is not possible that she will not have a business sense,” Raj said. He was particularly happy that Preity, who also plays the lead in the youthful romantic drama, was a director’s producer. “She is not stingy at all. I am sure she will become a big producer some day,” he said.
Preity, who co-owns IPL team Kings XI Punjab, was not just handling finances and didn’t just focus on getting her shots right. She was also actively involved with the movie’s creative side. “We have no ego. We can say anything to each other. This is how we have been,” Raj said of their chemistry and understanding.
The movie marks Preity’s comeback to films after 2008 film Heroes. “You will see her (Preity) in her elements. I don’t remember when she did a romantic comedy earlier,” he said. Preity was originally not a part of the cast and was just producing the film, but the director says he tricked her into the project. “I didn’t give her a choice. I said, ‘You are acting and producing it.’ I actually locked her up and said ‘You have to do it. When do we start? Tell me the date’,” recounted Raj.
Ishkq In Paris is Raj’s second film as a director. He forayed into direction with Salman Khan starrer Main aurr Mrs Khanna.