Earlier this month, Preity Zinta tweeted that she had thrown a man out of a movie theatre for refusing to stand up for the National Anthem. It didn’t go down well with those on the social media platform.
However, when we met the actor at the Mumbai Film Festival, and brought up the subject,
claimed, “…about four people wrote negative things”.
You received flak after tweeting that you forced a man to leave a theatre for not standing up for the National Anthem.
People inside the theatre objected when this person didn’t stand for the National Anthem. I supported their stance. I come from a defence background. My father fought wars for this country, and my brother is at the border now. I shouldn’t really have to justify my action. Also, there was no flak. There were about four people who wrote negative things, but thousands of others who spoke in support.
You also took to Twitter to refute speculations that you were selling your stakes in Kings XI Punjab (the Indian Premier League team Preity co-owns).
It’s unfortunate that I had to come out and say it, and that people speculated otherwise.
Detractors have labelled some of your recent acts publicity stunts. Does that bother you?
In India — although I love this country — women have to fight extra for everything... If you invest in something, people say somebody else might have done it for you. It’s as if a woman is not capable of doing anything on her own. But I have always taken a stand for things that I felt were right. But I felt like everybody suddenly tried to find faults in me.
What’s keeping you from signing new films?
I don’t want to repeat myself, or do the same stuff I did 10 years ago. I will do films only if they appeal to me. Currently, I am busy with two-three different projects.
What are these projects?
You will know soon.
A number of Bollywood celebrities lent their support to the present edition of the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF). What’s your take on that?
We, as actors, go to different parts of the world to attend film festivals. So, I think we should appreciate and be there for our own festival as well. Today, I am what I am because of this industry. It is my duty to come out and support it.