Why Preity agreed to kiss on screen...

Preity reveals her views on the Salaam Namaste kiss, in a chat with Johnny D.
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Published on Feb 20, 2006 08:06 PM IST
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None | ByJohnny D (HindustanTimes.com), Mumbai

Pretty Preity Zinta is riding high, what with three of her movies set for release this year. While two of them are in the post-production stage, Shirish Kunder’s Jaaneman  is still being shot. In Rakesh Roshan’s Krrish, she will be seen in a "very special guest appearance" and in Karan Johar’s Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, she is one of the important characters, amidst a huge ensemble of stars.

Zinta is among those rare stars in today's cine world who have not stripped or kissed their way on screen to success. But what made her shed her inhibitions for the kissing scene in Salaam Namaste? Perhaps for the first time, Preity unspools her thoughts on that scene...

She reveals, “When Siddharth Anand narrated the script, I was apprehensive about the kissing scene. It took me a few days to agree to it. Lots of people warned me against it but then I delved into the situation in the film and was convinced that it was a kiss between two adults, who are living-in and then they fall in love. It was necessary because when two adults start living together and that too in Australia, this is how it happens in reality. Also it was shown in a very creative manner. I had full faith in the Yash Raj banner and that was the sole reason why I agreed to do it.

Preity Zinta will be seen in a "very special guest appearance" in Krrish.

"Come on we are living in the second millennium and one can’t just show two flowers like in the olden days. Times have changed and so have the audiences.”

How was the reaction of people to the kissing scene outside of the industry after Salaam Namaste's release? Zinta says, “Many were shocked! In fact, my fans, mainly consisting of kids, teenagers and their moms, were stunned. It was really overwhelming to know how much they love me. In fact, one woman told me that they always take their kids to see my films because they are so cute and beautiful (smiles) and the kissing scene shocked them. Many from the industry started offering me scripts that had kissing scenes, which I had to turn down point blank. It is really difficult to convince me about such things and I really think a lot before I sign any projects.”

With her soaring popularity, does she feel, at times, the pain of being a celebrity? She laughs and says, “Honestly, I cannot complain because this is what I have decided to be - an actor. Being a celebrity, like all other things, has its pros and cons. I love the adulation, respect and love that are showered on me from all quarters. I guess every single person on this earth wants to be loved by people and I am human after all (smiles).

"However, when people go overboard and try to invade my privacy, that is the time I feel I should be left alone to enjoy my private moments in my own way. Now this is something which never happens and sometimes, it is unnerving.”

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