I’m not kiddish: Preity Zinta

Working with two mad boys was fun in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Preity says to Vajir Singh.

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Preity Zinta wants to do serious cinema. But for now she’s ecstatic about her next release, Shaad Ali’s Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. “I worked with Shaad in Dil Se, my first release. I was just a newcomer then and he was an assistant director. It was déjà vu time working with him again,” says Zinta.

She says it was a delight to work with Ali for his “madness and cuteness. And also sweetness,” she chirps. She also got a chance to work with Bobby Deol, who features in Jhoom Barabar Jhoom along with Abhishek Bachchan. “The first ever shot I did was with Bobby in Soldier,” she recalls.

Though Jhoom Barabar Jhoom is scheduled to release in the first half of the year, Zinta maintains a silence. Her justification: “Everyone will talk about the film once it’s released. So why start revealing any details now?”

She’s eager to talk about the shoot though. “It brings a smile to my face. Working with two mad boys, Abhishek and Bobby was a laugh riot. Maybe because all three of us are Aquarians,” she reasons.

<b1>On Yashraj Films’ Ta Ra Rum Pum, directed by Siddharth Raaj Anand, she says, “I was supposed to have made my debut with a film with that title. Tara Rum Pum Pum was to be directed by Shekhar Kapur. But the project never took off. Now see, it’s being made with Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji with whom I’ve worked before. And Siddharth, who debuted with Salaam Namaste, is directing it. I’m not a part of it. But I guess that’s destiny.”

When asked if she was hurt for not being approached for the project, Zinta says, “For once I was quiet. The only thing that came out from my mouth was,’Oh’. Years ago, I went around telling everyone that I’m doing a film titled Ta Ra Rum Pum Pum. Now I can’t.”

So, did she call Yashraj to ask why she wasn’t a part of it? “No, no. I’m not that childish. But yes, when I was chatting with Saif after the film was announced, I did mention this to him... And that’s it.” she concludes.

First Published: Feb 22, 2007 16:43 IST