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Preity's all charged up for 2007

The Bollywood actress says that she wants to do more unconventional and daring roles in the coming year.

india Updated: Dec 30, 2006 16:19 IST

Bold and chirpy Preity Zinta, who was in the news for wrong reasons this year, wants to do more daring and unconventional roles in the coming year.

Her two films in 2006 - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehena and Jaan-e-Mann - have given her a serious image.

"And I want to break even more stereotypes in 2007. I'm venturing into roles I've never done before. What excited me two years ago no longer does so. Thank god, I've the choice to be adventurous. I don't want to spend my time doing anything I'll regret," Preity told IANS.

Preity Zinta revels in the spirit of Christmas.

She laughed about her two confrontational situations with the media in 2006 when she took on a tabloid and ticked off TV journalists who barged into her compound.

"I growled when I was provoked beyond endurance. And it's over and done with. This kind of a thing really saps your energy. But somewhere you need to put your foot down.

"But my biggest high this year has been to see the efficiency of the judicial system and the awakening of the youth. There was one student in Delhi who stood up to file a PIL (public interest litigation) and that prompted justice for Jessica Lal."

Moving to less grim topics, Preity revealed she's going skiing in Colorado for the New Year.

"I've been in the snow a lot but never skiing. And I do want to learn a new sport. It's never too late to learn."

When told Saif Ali Khan has also gone skiing for the New Year, Preity quipped: "Saif and I could do a ski film together."

Talking about her films she said she managed to balance out her marital karma pretty well.

"If inKANK I was divorced, in Jaan-e-Mann I made sure the family stayed together. Was I disappointed by the Indian box office collections of my two releases in 2006? No way. Ten years from now I'll be extremely proud of both the films. At the end of the day I need to be happy and proud of what I do."

Thoughts for 2007? "First of all, I'm looking at the release of my only film on the floor. Shaad Ali's Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom has shaped up really well.

"Finally! I've heard such amazing scripts that I'd be doing two more than I usually do. For the first time I've agreed to do three films in 2007.

"I've never looked anxiously over my shoulder at the so-called competition. If I want I could do seven films a year. But I've chosen to do one. And now I'll be doing three in 2007. As I grow older I'm more contained and even more charged about my work."

After surviving the tsunami disaster in 2004, Preity's perception about life has changed.

"My first life-changing experience was when I was 14-year-old and my dad suddenly passed away. The second was tsunami. Today I'm a totally different person. When you see death so closely you realise what frivolous lives we really lead."

Coming to her much-discussed relationship with Ness Wadia, Preity said: "There's so much being discussed about it even without my talking about it. Somewhere I need to preserve that part of me away from public life. Otherwise, all my work and my identity would get drowned in that one relationship. I can't keep clarifying untruths all the time. But no one listens. I don't lie about anything. If I'm wrong, I'd admit it."

Anything she'd like to change in 2007?

"2006 was a good year for me and I'm not talking about the box office. I've had a great year and 2007 is going to rock. I feel I've extra batteries inside me. I'm all charged up. And I'll be more in the country in 2007 than in the past few years.

"That should kill the rumours about my personal life. I've noticed there's more speculation when I'm not in the country."

"If I wanted every aspect of my life to be written about I'd go on Bigg Boss (TV game show running on Sony)."

First Published: Dec 30, 2006 07:00 IST