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'Videsh' challenged me as an actor: Preity Zinta


Thu, Mar 26, 2009 15:00 IST

Preity Zinta For a woman who's not just feisty and independent but also knows to give back tit for tat, playing a battered housewife was no easy task.

Preity Zinta got to explore a new dimension of her acting skills through Deepa Mehta's film Videsh which releases in India on Friday. Though she had already begun straying away from usual bubbly kind of roles with films like Heroes and The Last Lear , Videsh marked a transformation of a unique kind for Preity.

"After the typical NRI type or modern roles, I wanted to challenge myself and do something real. I never got an opportunity to play earthy roles but with 'Videsh' it is different as I feel that the film has slice of life," Zinta is quoted as saying.




In fact, Preity, who has won the best actress award at the Chicago film festival for her power packed performance in this film, believes that she has never worked so hard for a film earlier.

The movie has Preity playing a Punjabi girl named Chand who's married to an NRI in Canada and becomes a victim of domestic violence within a few months of her wedding.

However, director Deepa Mehta says the film is not just about domestic violence.

"To say that the film is only about domestic abuse will be an injustice. It is about the power of women and the power of imagination," reveals the acclaimed director.

In the movie, the character of battered housewife uses her spirituality and imagination to overcome her personal trauma.

The film stars Vansh Bhardwaj as Preity's abusive husband.



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