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I want to live my life: Preity

What makes bubbly babe Preity Zinta hot property right now? Udita Jhunjhunwala finds out...

entertainment Updated: Apr 03, 2006 14:46 IST

She's on the set of her latest TVS commercial, being directed by Pradeep Sircar, but Preity Zinta could easily pass off for one of the students of Sophia College, where the ad is being filmed. Except, of course, a college girl wouldn't have two hulking personal security guards, an entourage and a cool vanity van to shield her from the fans and summer heat. "The weather is awful, thank God I am going away," she exclaims between shots. Zinta is referring to the world tour she embarks on next week, accompanied by Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Sushmita Sen and Celina Jaitley.

"I was so excited about the world tour till Saif fell ill (appendicitis). Now I am extremely nervous. We were paired together and meant to perform most songs together but now I have to learn new steps and moves, as he cannot dance," says Zinta. She will be away a month, returning in time for the promotions for her next release, Krrish. And is she playing Hrithik Roshan's mother in this sequel to Koi Mil Gaya? "You needed a link between Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish, but see the film and decide," she replies.

It's been a slow few months for Zinta, which she attributes to the delays in her ongoing films due to unforeseen circumstances like Amitabh Bachchan's illness (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna) and Salman Khan going bald (Jaaneman). "All these three films are releasing this year and in the summer I start Jhoom Barabar Jhoom for Yashraj Fims. It's directed by Shaad Ali and it's with Abhishek Bachchan."

She's still excited about her ramp debut for Manish Malhotra at the just concluded Lakme Fashion Week. "I kept asking Manish to let me be in his show till he finally agreed. Walking the ramp was the only thing I had not done in showbiz. It was fun except that I kept hoping I would not fall. Once I saw the end of the ramp, then I was fine," she says.

After eight years in the industry, Zinta has decided to create a balance between work and leisure. Her experience of being caught in the 2005 tsunami and the bomb attack at a show in Sri Lanka changed her thinking. "After that I told myself that I want to live my life and not let my present pass me by," she shares. "It's very important to work but after eight years, I cannot be working 24x7. I came to Mumbai to be a criminal psychologist, I never planned to be an actor, but God has given me more than I bargained for."

She now has a new home, which she says, gives her immense security and her relationship with Ness Wadia gives her balance.

"Yes, my relationship definitely gives me balance, though I have always kept my professional and personal lives separate," she says finally.