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Heaven on Earth my most challenging film: Preity

Preity Zinta says that while working in Deepa Mehta's Heaven on Earth she shed everything she was known for before. Princy Jain chats with the actor.
Hindustan Times | By Princy Jain, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2008 06:26 PM IST

Actress Preity Zinta has had a full meal. And now she is enjoying her dessert too. Confused?

Well, as the lady puts it, "After a big meal, you have to have dessert. For me IPL and my forthcoming films, which are very different from what I have done so far, are like a delicious meetha. I have satiated my hunger with all sorts of masala films, it's time for me to have some special flavour."

There's a change in her and that's for everyone to see. Recently, the oh-so-chic Zinta was seen matching steps with entrepreneur boyfriend Ness Wadia, decked in a chic business suit on the bidding day of IPL.

She says, "Bidding was serious task, and the business suit was just apt. However, on the day of auction, I was back to be the ‘me Preity Zinta' in my lucky red dress."

It's a dress that she is immensely superstitious of. "I needed all the luck that day. It's an old dress from a French designer, whose name I can't remember since the tag has come off."

So, did the magic of red really work? "Oh yes! I would say, we are extremely lucky to have such a balanced team. It's called King's XI Punjab and has one of the best coaches Tom Moody. Also fromYuvraj Singh to Brett Lee to Sreesanth every one is a terrific player."

According to her the most challenging competition for her team would come from Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. Any player that she misses in her team?

"Sachin Tendulkar" comes the pat reply. She adds, "I have been a huge fan of Sachin ever since I started watching cricket. Even though I have my own team, which does not have him, my loyalties wouldn't change. He remains my ultimate cricket hero. I envy the Mumbai team."

Though Preity claims to have inherited the passion for cricket from her father, does the credit of rousing the business woman go to Ness?

"It was my instinct. I have always taken chances. In business, I wanted to take one only when my instincts allowed me to do so. Once I got into it [IPL], I was supported by Ness."

As the owners, both Ness and she have mega plans for their team. "We are not going to leave any stone unturned just as Shah Rukh said he is ‘not going to leave any stone unturned'," says Preity without divulging any specific details. But grapevine has it that music composers Sajid-Wajid have been roped in to compose the anthem, to be sung by Daler Mehndi.

On the filmi front, Preity has four hatke films - The Last Lear, Heroes, Har Pal and Heaven on Earth. Now that's a cliched.

She explains, "In Last Lear, the language was English and acting in English was very different. Plus I wore saris and big bindis. In Heroes, I got to work with Dharamji, which was a real high point. But Heaven on Earth is by far my most challenging film. I shed everything that Preity Zinta was about. I found a new me... and it was inspiring to work with her."

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