She no longer wants to be called 'Bubbly'. "I have long passed that age,"says Preity Zinta. Sreya Basu talks to the actress and Kings XI Punjab co-owner on the current agendas of her life.
Question: Films, IPL, sponsoring 34 poor girls…is that what you call 'branching out'?
Preity Zinta: (Smiles) I have always lived life the way I wanted and always done things that are different and exciting to me. Yes, in your words, I am really branching out because I am loving it.
Question: Have you become more selective about your films or you are running short of time with multi-tasking?
Preity Zinta: I have always been choosy about my roles and have become more so now. I have been in Bollywood for over 10 years and now I don't want to play a college girl or run and dance around trees anymore. Now, I look for something more challenging and/or refreshing. Something intense like Deepa Mehta's Videsh, where for the first time I could feel the pain of domestic violence victims. Or the hot mujra I am doing in Main Aur Mrs Khanna starring Salman and Kareena…I haven't done a masala film for long, so this one was pretty refreshing.
Question: Do you still enjoy the 'Bubbly' tag?
Preity Zinta: I never enjoyed it when people said 'She is so bubbly'. I mean, there was and is more to my character than that. As of now I have passed that age to even listen to such mindless compliments. I have never tried to hide my age like other heroines.
Question: What about winning the IPL this time?
Preity Zinta: I am keeping my fingers crossed. I neither borrowed money nor got Kings XI Punjab as a gift…I wanted to invest my earnings into something extraordinary and now my team is my second family. All of us are stretching ourselves to the maximum. The rest is destiny.
Question: This time fellow actor Shilpa Shetty has also joined you and Shah Rukh. Comment.
Preity Zinta: Watch the matches…(laughs aloud).
Question: Why did you suddenly decide to sponsor 34 girls?
Preity Zinta: It was not 'suddenly'. I always wanted to do something for poor children, especially girls, and what can be better than giving them proper education, good food and clothing. These 34 kids are born poor girls. Just wait for some 10-15 years and see how they shape up!
Question: So, when are you getting married?
Preity Zinta: I will get married when destiny wants and I am ready to devote myself fully to my kids.