Preity Zinta has had enough news on her “financial troubles”. As a rumour earlier this month claimed that she was leasing out her apartment in Mumbai’s Khar area, Preity decided to invite us for a chat at the very place to put the buzz to rest. “I’m doing the interview here, because this is the very building they reported I don’t live in anymore.” She also defends her business investments, including her T20 franchise that she co-owns with former flame Ness Wadia (inset), and a film production venture that flopped.
Was it disappointing that your first production venture (Ishkq in Paris) did not do well?
Yes, but tell me one production house that didn’t have a failure! I’ve done lots of things right, and I’ve had a lot of success, so it was okay to have a failure. I was new to the role of a producer, so I made mistakes. Having said that, I’m proud of my first venture. I put in a lot of hard work.
With your last acting role in 2006 (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) and then the production loss, has it been hard to find funding for your ventures?
I did films from 1998 to 2007. I made some sensible investments for me to be able to do what I’m doing. Why are my ventures so difficult to comprehend? At one time, I was among the highest tax-paying Bollywood actresses. After Mr (Amitabh) Bachchan, I had the most number of endorsements. If I had some financier investing on my behalf, would he/she have let me take all the credit at the IPL? There was such a big issue, with the Enforcement Directorate looking into the IPL accounts. If it wasn’t my money, wouldn’t they have caught me?
Has acting taken a back seat for you?
I’m not done with acting. But I’m not going to wear small bits of cloth and dance around. That’s why I’m glad I made business investments, If I hadn’t, I’d still be trying to play 19-year-olds.