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After a six-month delay, Ishkq In Paris is set for a release. In city, the actors Preity Zinta, Rhehan Malliek and director Prem Raj get talking about the film...

chandigarh Updated: May 12, 2013 10:57 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times

What do you expect from a movie that has Preity Zinta as a producer, co-writer and protagonist?
We’ll all finally know in about 12 days. After inadvertently delaying the release of her touted comeback, Ishkq In Paris, by about six months, actor Preity Zinta arrived — albeit two hours late — in Chandigarh, at PVR Cinemas, on Saturday to promote her film that finally releases on May 24.

Accompanied by co-star Rhehan Malliek and director Prem Raj, Preity says, “I am nervous about the film, as it has my name written all over it. My mother and I have produced it and my involvement goes way beyond than just acting.”

At this, director Prem Raj chips in, “Preity has been a part of progressive films such as Kya Kehna — where she played the role of a pregnant college girl — and Salaam Namaste — where her character was in a live-in relationship. This movie too will bring forth the story of two people being in love without any commitments.”

Relatively unknown facts about the film are that it re-launches model and TV actor Gaurav Chanan as Rhehan Malliek, owing to his need of ‘starting afresh’, and French actor Isabelle Adjani apparently being the backbone of the film, adds Prem Raj, “Isabelle has always had an inclination towards India. She’s a great actor, and thus plays a pivotal role in the film.”

When asked if Rhehan — popular as Dr Rahul from Star Plus’ serial Sanjivani — feels he’s going to be overshadowed by Preity Zinta’s presence, he says, “No. In fact, she made me feel at par. I learnt a lot from her during the shoots.

I believe after seeing the film, the audiences would think, ‘Oh Preity, why did you disappear?’”As if a part of the mutual-appreciation club, Preity goes on to say, “Rhehan himself is like a sponge. For a new-comer, he is exceptionally amazing!”

Turning to His Holiness
The Shimla damsel says she had to turn to His Holiness The Dalai Lama to overcome the low phase of her life, when her T-20 team, Kings XI Punjab, was on the losing track. She says, “He just said one thing to me, ‘If you want to win in the true sense, play your own field.’ What he meant was, holding the bat won’t help me win. Besides, I am an investor in cricket.”

First Published: May 12, 2013 10:43 IST