Preity Zinta is in Kolkate to shoot for Rituparno Ghosh’s English film, The Last Lear, along with Amitabh Bachchan and Arjun Rampal. HT City, Kolkata caught up with her at ITC Sonar Bangla on Sunday afternoon.
An English film is different:
English as a language is much more subtle. The first day of shooting was tough. We speak and think in English, but we don’t act in English. Now that I am doing it more and more, I am comfortable. And Rituparno Ghosh is so intelligent and makes you feel comfortable.
Doing more serious films:
Yes and no. Yes, because change is the only thing that is constant in life. Things had stopped exciting me and finally there are some that do. No, because I would always do commercial films as there is a madness in them. For me, it should be a combination of both at this time.
The Chopra-Johar girl:
This year, I am doing so many films outside their banners. I did not restrict myself to any banner, but wanted to do one film and the film I liked was theirs. Of course, I love working with them. But I think I have to tell people that I do films outside them, too.
Everyone is my competition. Yet, there is nobody in particular because the standard is raised by various directors and actors change with them. I was earlier in my own zone where I was not thinking of competition.
Today, I am in a different groove where I do think of the stuff that I am doing as being my competition purely because it is going to challenge my senses. It is going to push me. Yes, star rivalry is there, but it depends a lot on your upbringing. The media turns the spotlight on it and makes it larger than it is.
The only time I paid the price of being honest is with the media. There are some journalists who think their pen is powerful and can write anything they want to. It’s quite insignificant for me, but sometimes they do cross the line and that’s why I am in a lawsuit with them. I am happy being honest. Truth is something that you don’t forget, but lies you do, don’t you?
Getting one’s due:
You tell me. In the past two years, I decided to do stuff that was pretty safe. I didn’t need to think much. I saw a bomb blast in Sri Lanka right in front of me and then there was the tsunami where I lost a lot of friends. I was laidback, had a different agenda.
In the past three years I have done barely two or three films and except for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna they were not things exceptionally different for me. However, this year I have come out of it. It’s like I am a child in a candy store. There’s a huge difference in the films that I am doing.
It’s been fantastic. I ate rosogollas and I want to go to Kalighat. I have learnt a little bit of Bengali like taratari, ki koreche and bhalo bhalo. The boat ride on the Hooghly with Arjun Rampal and some friends was stunning.
I enjoyed Kolkata more in the evening. Whatever I have seen of the city, is clean and wonderful (Preity was involved with the Clean Mumbai campaign).
I think it’s time for the media to stop asking this question — I am so sick of it. For the past four years, I have been married off by the media articles. For me, it’s the time to disco and not settle down.