ApunKaChoice : Bollywood


Preity ZintaPreity Zinta sick of her bubbly image
15th Mar 2006  09.31 IST
By Agencies  

It has been eight years since her debut in Dil Se and now Preity Zinta wants to erase the image that has made her famous before her characters become caricatures.

"I'm sick of it. I'm sick of being bubbly. I'm sick of being talkative and I'm sick of being cute," said Preity, her trademark smile missing, but her dimples making a fleeting appearance.

"That image has stuck with me," she said in an interview. "I mean, you evolve, you know?"

Preity is hoping her role in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna slated for release later this year, will help her find a new public image.

The movie has drawn a lot of attention in Bollywood, largely for its star-studded cast which, along with Preity, includes Amitabh Bachchan , Shah Rukh Khan , Rani Mukherjee and Abhishek Bachchan . The actors have been tight lipped about the plot, saying only that it's about relationships and marriages not being as perfect as they appear.

Preity said she plays a "very ambitious magazine editor."

Preity has a reputation for choosing roles that go against traditional mores, even if she has smiled her way through them.

She played an unwed mother in Kya Kehna! in 2000. In last year's blockbuster Salaam Namaste , she played a woman who defied her family and moved in with her boyfriend before getting married.

"I always look for something interesting," she said during the interview.

She never planned to be an actress and stumbled into Bollywood, when a well-known filmmaker spotted her in a soap advertisement while she was studying for a postgraduate degree in criminal psychology, Preity said.

Preity insisted the ad was just for fun. "I never thought I'd be an actor - ever," she recalled. "I had never gone to film school or done a dance class."

Instead, she's learned by trial and error while appearing in more than 20 movies. Along the way, Preity has become one of India's top actresses, but she says it was her role in the mob trial and the loss of friends during the tsunami in December 2004 that has given her a sense of perspective.

Preity was a star witness at the 2003 trial of a movie financier, Bharat Shah, who police suspected had links to Mumbai's underworld nexus. She testified about threats she had received from a gangster thought to be tied to Shah.

Several other movie stars who were also allegedly threatened retracted statements they gave to police, fearing retaliation from gangsters. Preity's testimony was supposed to remain confidential, but word of it leaked and the news was splashed on front pages across the country.

Shah was eventually found guilty of withholding information about the underworld but not of being directly linked to the mob.

Preity, meanwhile, was given police protection and forced to stay out of the public eye for about two months. "My life was a living hell," she said. "I think I aged 10 years then."

In 2004, Preity was fast asleep in a beachside villa in Thailand, when the killer waves struck and says she still remembers being awoken by the thundering noise of water smashing everything around her.

She ran and survived. Friends who had travelled with her, however, did not make it out - something she does not like to talk about.

"The people I went with were some friends I had grown up with. I'd known them all my life," she said before changing the subject without saying how many died.

"It really made me think about why everybody around me went and I didn't," Preity said, covering her eyes.

Since then, Preity says she's taken life slower - for example, she only made one film last year instead of working at the breakneck pace most Bollywood stars put up with.

"I'm more grounded now. I've started doing fewer films. I've started meditating," said Preity. "I want to live my today because I may not have a tomorrow."

Preity Zinta
Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
Amitabh Bachchan
Abhishek Bachchan
Kya Kehna!
Salaam Namaste

Now Trending : Salman Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Ranbir Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra Aishwarya Rai | Katrina Kaif | Kareena Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra | Alia Bhatt | Surveen Chawla | New Hindi Movies

Snapshot: Shahid Kapoor celebrates Rakhi with sister Sanah
Shahid and Sanah celebrate Raksha Bandhan
Pix: Shah Rukh Khan wraps up ‘Dilwale’ song shoot with Kajol in Iceland
Pix: Salman Khan celebrates Rakhi with sister
Katrina Kaif says her blood boils on being called Ranbir’s girlfriend!
Gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez covers Cine Blitz
Do you like Sidharth Malhotra’s quaint look for ‘Baar Baar Dekho’
Esha Gupta brings sexy back as Maxim cover girl
Salman Khan chops Sooraj Pancholi-Athiya Shetty kiss from ‘Hero’
Watch Bollywood’s first stop-motion song: ‘Lip To Lip De Kissiyan’ has Imran, Kangana on kissing spree
You won’t believe what Katrina Kaif said about her marriage plan with Ranbir Kapoor
Check out the new title of Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra’s movie ‘Kal Jisne Dekha’
Watch song: 'Khoya Khoya' from 'Hero' tugs at your heartstrings
Hollywood Reporter names Priyanka Chopra as one of the top 10 TV stars to watch out for
All is well in my paradise: John Abraham
'Phantom' movie review: A revenge you wish was smarter


ECARDS > Valentines Day, New Year, Diwali, Birthday, Valentines, Love, Christmas
CardWeaver.com > Birthday, Holi


celebs wallpapers the celeb A-Z
who's in Freida Pinto | Anushka Sharma | Katrina Kaif | Deepika Padukone | Ranbir Kapoor | Dev Patel | Aishwarya Rai | Abhishek Bachchan | Imran Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Salman Khan | Aamir Khan | Hrithik Roshan | Akshay Kumar | Zayed Khan | Saif Ali Khan | John Abraham | Shahid Kapur | Kareena Kapoor | Vidya Balan | Priyanka Chopra | Rani Mukherjee | Mallika Sherawat | Bipasha Basu | Preity Zinta | Kajol | Neha Dhupia | Sameera Reddy | Juhi Chawla | Karisma Kapoor | Madhuri Dixit | Chitrangada Singh | Payal Rohatgi | Sneha Ullal | Mahima Chaudhary | Meghna Naidu | Rakhi Sawant | Bhumika Chawla | Lisa Ray | Dimple Kapadia | Ayesha Takia | Dia Mirza | Sushmita Sen | Amisha Patel | Esha Deol | Amrita Rao | Amrita Arora | Genelia D'Souza | Arjun Rampal | Amitabh Bachchan | Vivek Oberoi | Raima Sen | Riya Sen | Rekha | Rimi Sen | Nigar Khan | Tanushree Dutta | Yana Gupta | Shilpa Shetty | Celina Jaitley | Sonam Kapoor | Neha Oberoi | Nisha Rawal | Manjari Fadnis | Kamal Haasan | Rajnikant | Asin | Sanjay Dutt | Shahid Kapoor | Sherlyn Chopra | Farhan Akhtar | Prachi Desai | Mandira Bedi | Shahana Goswami | Konkona Sen Sharma | Kangana Ranaut | Mugdha Godse | Masumeh Makhija | Minissha Lamba | Nandana Sen | Malaika Arora | Shweta Kumar | Namitha | Kalki Koechlin | Mahi Gill | Shakeela | Lara Dutta | A R Rahman | Trisha | Shruti Haasan | Neetu Chandra | Shriya Saran | Padma Lakshmi | Emma Watson | Kelly Clarkson | Britney Spears | Anne Hathaway | Anjana Sukhani | Tila Tequila | Soha Ali Khan | Priyamani | Sonal Chauhan | Vaishali Desai | Jackky Bhagnani | Kristen Stewart | Robert Pattinson | Neil Nitin Mukesh | Shiney Ahuja | more...