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I want to do progressive films: Preity

Preity says her role in Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna is "really different". Pretty Preity

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 12:52 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

She has enacted many roles with a difference like the unwed mother in Kya Kehna and Salaam Namaste or the vixen in Armaan, but Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna is "really different", says Preity Zinta of her new film with Karan Johar.

"Do I sound like one of those actors who are always talking about being hatke. But when you see the film, you'll know what I mean," says the Kal Ho Naa Ho actress, who says working with Karan was an enriching experience.

Describing her role in the Karan Johar directorial venture as one she could completely connect with, she says she can't believe how gifted he is as a writer.

Discussing her marriage plans, Preity says everything happens in its own times and she is sick of the speculations. "It's a stressful topic".


Did you have to get a visa to re-enter Mumbai?
Ha ha. No. But I had to get a new passport because there were no pages left in the old one. Now, I need to get out of my makeup to get a passport pic clicked. I love shooting in Mumbai studios. When you are shooting it's much better to do so in confined spaces where everything can be controlled.

Preity says her role in Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna is "really different". It is a role I can completely connect with.Check out Preity's pics!

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How's it working with Karan?

Ah! After a long time a role I can completely connect with, and yet remain detached. I think Karan is really gifted as a writer. I can't believe how progressive his and Niranjan Iyenger's lines are. We were constantly bouncing ideas. Karan is someone I have always looked up to. But to work with him as a director for the first time, and that too in a project very different from his style, is a unique experience. The vibes on the sets with Amit-


, Abhishek, Shah Rukh and Rani were amazing.

Such an awesome cast?
To work with Karan is an enriching experience. I have discovered new facets to myself as a person and an actor. I used to call Karan the acting police on the sets of Kabhi Alvidaa Na Kehna. He wanted to change every nuance in my personality. He wanted me to change from Preity to Priya. He was constantly correcting me. I suddenly felt like a newcomer all over again. I was born again as an actor.

What I am doing here is very different from anything I've done so far. It gives me a chance to portray different aspects of being a woman. I have done many different roles like the unwed mom in Kya Kehna and Salaam Namaste and the vixen in Armaan. But this one is really different. Do I sound like one of those actors who are always talking about being hatke? But when you see the film you'll know what I mean...

And your other assignments?
I only have Alvidaa and Jaan-e-Man on hand. Jaan-e-Man is much more casual and crazy. It is a very sweet film. I have a big smile when I go on that sets. It is a more relaxing experience as an actor. It's great fun working with Karan. But my character is far more intense.

So you didn't cash in on the success of Salaam Namaste?
You know I am not that kind of an actor. What's there to cash in on? Money is important, but not the only criterion for accepting a role! How much money does one need to live comfortably? No matter how rich, I still will eat an ordinary biscuit, not a gold one. I am having fun with my work. I want to do films that excite me, that are progressive. But I also need time to myself. I don't understand how others can do four films at the same time. I've done two and I still haven't had time to move into my new house though I got it one year ago. It's still to be done up.

Even your co-star Rani Mukerji has got a new home?
Has she managed to move into her new place? The rumours about our rivalry are so misplaced. The mindset on a film set is decided by the director. He's the captain of the ship. It is impossible to have negative vibes on a Karan Johar set. And all us actors had the script. So we knew what we were getting into. So why fight? We all had the right to accept or reject the film. Once we accepted we are all working as a team to make the same film. For my performance to work, the film has to work. Kabhi Alvidaa will be powerful in the performances because the roles are all so well-etched.

You haven't worked with Abhishek before?
Just that bit in Salaam Namaste. He is delightful to work with. I've lots of scenes with him. I have worked with his dad in Armaan.

Are you concerned about what you'll do next?
No! I want to do something different from what I've done. I want to do a fun film. I am a happy-go-lucky person. I am listening to scripts.

What are your thoughts on marriage?
I don't know where these marriage rumours came from. The people who spread these rumours got very excited with the thought. But they have finally given up. Marriage is a personal decision. I'll take the plunge when the time is right. As of now, there's nothing on the cards.

Isn't the time right now?
No. Everything happens in its own time. Right now I am working on my career. There's too much interest in my marriage. It is a stressful topic. I am a frank person. When there's something happening I'll announce it. Right now I am sick of these speculations.

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 12:52 IST