After an extended wait of over an hour and a half at the Film City set of Jaaneman, I finally get to meet the IIFA-Glamourous Star of the Year winner Preity Zinta.
Snatches of Zinta's infectious laugh filter out from another corner of studio number 9, keeping us optimistic.
She's shooting with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar for Shirish Kunder's debut film Jaaneman. Anupam Kher is waiting for his shot and Katrina Kaif is there to meet Khan.
Once the shot is over, Zinta quickly goes for a costume change before getting into a long conversation with designer Aki Narula. Finally she signals that it's time for our chat.
KANK is a different take on marriages, says Preity
Her trademark dimpled smile makes us forget about our long wait, as we ask her about the recent IIFA Style award. What makes her a style icon?
"I wasn't expecting the Glamourous Star of the Year award. It was a pleasant surprise. How do I like being a style icon? Well any tag is fine by me as long as it is positive."
What about stories of her not being given a decent make up room at IIFA in Dubai?
She frowns before saying, "How a little thing gets blown out of proportion. It was a minor glitch. There were too many people back stage and too little place for everybody to be accommodated… It got sorted out later."
Coming back to style, how would she describe her personal style?
"I have always believed in being comfortable, wearing comfortable clothes. I don't believe in wearing something just because it's in fashion. I feel style is personal and reflects your state of mind. If I'm feeling on top of the world, then I wear something which reflects my happy state of mind and if I am feeling low, then again my clothes will show that."
These days Zinta says she is feeling "Bright." But she's wearing a black top and black skirt with beige prints and sequins on it. Black and bright?
"Well, you look at it as black, to me it's all sparkle because of these sequins making it perfect for how I'm feeling today," she grins.
Coming to her films, she says she has yet to see Krrish, which is surprising considering it's a sequel to Koi Mil Gaya in which she starred.
"You know, a lot of people have been calling me and congratulating me for Krrish and I'm like 'It's not my movie' to which they say, 'But you were so good in that one scene in the hospital' and I'm like 'Yeah, right, thank you!' I'm sure Hrithik must have done a fantastic job as usual as the superhero. He can't go too wrong, after all he's playing my son right!"
Zinta's next release will be Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (KANK) releasing in August. The film is said to be Johar's take on marital relationships and infidelity. Zinta plays Rhea Saran, wife of Dev Saran (Shah Rukh Khan).
"Rhea is the fashion editor of a magazine in New York City. She's something I haven't played before. She's distinct and has a very strong characterisation."
Does she believe in the sanctity of marriage and would she give a second chance to an erring husband? "I do believe in the institution of marriage and I personally feel it should last forever. I want mine to last forever. But just because I worked in a film on marital relationships doesn't make me a 'guru' on the topic. KANK is a different take on marriages."
Then there's Jaaneman which she describes as a "sweet, fun loving, feel good film which will appeal to people from four year olds to 104-year-olds."
She'll soon start Shaad Ali's Jhoom Barabar Jhoom with Abhishek Bachchan and Bobby Deol. "I had worked with Bobby over seven years ago in Soldier. He's a dear friend and I'm looking forward to working with him again."
There's another film she's signed on, but we'll tell you about that when she tells us more.