Q. Preity, Is there any difference between you and the character you play in Heroes? A. I play the role of Kuljeet Kaur and she is the daughter of the soil. She is much more tougher than I am. She is simpler than I am, and to know the rest you have to see the film. Q. Even your attire in your film is pretty interesting in the film; do you get to wear such attire in your daily life? A. I do wear such clothes if there is Indian puja or something at home. But the reason I am looking Punjabi in this film is that I am playing a Punjabi in the film.
Preity Zinta talks about her character in Heroes and friendship in the Film Industry with Rajan Singh
Preity, Is there any difference between you and the character you play in Heroes?
I play the role of Kuljeet Kaur and she is the daughter of the soil. She is much more tougher than I am. She is simpler than I am, and to know the rest you have to see the film.
Even your attire in your film is pretty interesting in the film; do you get to wear such attire in your daily life?
I do wear such clothes if there is Indian puja or something at home. But the reason I am looking Punjabi in this film is that I am playing a Punjabi in the film. The name Kuljeet Kaur says everything. Obviously I cant afford to wear skirt with such a character.
The promo gives a feel of village location of the film, was the film actually shot in a village or was it a made up set?
Yes, it was an actual village. After a long time, after Veer Zaara, I actually went to Punjab to shoot another movie. Working in this film was a great experience, I must tell you. I really believe that people like us and those from the current generation live in our own world. We never really have an idea as to what is happening in real India and people like Kuljeet Kaur live in the real world. This film is almost like a bridge between two characters, which are these two boys, played by Sohail Khan and Vatsal Seth. They are similar to todays generation who have everything in the form of money, cars, fashion awareness and have vices. They have all the time and the luxury to waste the time. It talks about their interaction with real people of the soil and with people who belong to this country, about whom we read in newspapers and hardly know much about them. We often tend to ignore them. It is a peek into their lives and how these people inspire these two boys which ultimately results into a change in their perception and how they become more patriotic.
Ok, so what were those unusual things you got to do during the making of this film?
Well first of all I got to ride a tractor in this film and after that I also got to do pumping to take out underground water and finally I got stuck in keechad as it rained and rained and rained. But more than that I actually got to touch the soul of a simple woman village and it was my greatest experience while working for this film.
So, that means after Veer Zaara we will get to see you in such a costume in Heroes?
Yes of course. In Veer Zaara I was this rich kid but in this film I am relatively poor. But I must say that probably this is the best time in our industry. We can make films today that are commercial and yet have real elements in them. Look at Taare Zameen Par, its a commercial film but it still has such real elements and I wish that this film could come close to that film. The characters are so real in this film and its so nice to do a film that involves army and yet does not say that how horrible Pakistan is! That also shows the growth in our filmmakers and it also shows a growth in us as a country. We have moved on from the past and today its a global world. Today we need to love each other and take care of our world. We are not supposed to fight with each other and this film takes an internal view of the army, of the people and the youth of this country and thats the point of view this film takes and i think this is just fantastic.
The poster of the film has many heroes, who is your favourite?
I think Salman is my favourite and thats because I am married to him in the film. I am very loyal to him (laughs).
And Salman is also a good friend of yours?
No, No. I am only talking about the film. They all are very good friend of mine. He is my hero in the film.
Ok, tell us bit about the role you play in the film?
No, you should actually see the film and then decide what this film is all about. But I have to admit this and say that it really breaks my heart when I say this, as an actor I have done lots of work in India. I have worked for charity, worked with women, worked in the field of female infanticide, female foeticide and its so sad that women in India dont really get a chance to live. Someone is killed when they are in the stomach while some are just made to drown when they are little kid. I just want to say that if that girl is given a chance to live, she can just be a hero like Kuljeet Kaur and I really want people to understand this. She is not someone who is stylish or someone who is highly educated she is someone who is so very basic. When you see her, you say this that girls in our country can also be the sons of their houses when the time demands. Why dont we appreciate those girls? I hope so that somewhere it touches peoples hearts and feel that a girl can be an advantage too.
You almost disappeared from the film circuit for a long time.
I know. Well, actually I had to disappear for a long time because it was not possible for me to work for a business venture and do movies together. I took an year off and off course everyone in the media started saying all kind of strange things. They started saying that may be I am getting married or I am not getting enough work and all other kind of strange things. The real reason was that i had to take some time out to work for the IPL. Also I did three different kinds of films, which were Heroes, Har Pall and Heaven on Earth, which everyone is going to see them very soon. I know that I have been gone for two years but now I am back with a bang.
Ok, so in your break what else did you do?
No I worked for about seven months really hard on the IPL and the rest was devoted for the shooting of three films, i just mentioned to you.
The industry has many camps, but how is it that Preity is in the good books of everyone. How do you manage that?
I dont create friendship to get work. I maintain a distance and I dont get over familiar with anyone and I respect everyone I work with. And if you do these I dont think you will ever have a problem with anyone. My relationships are based on individuals and interactions with people. I dont base my decision on what everyone says about me. Individually I have a great relationship with everyone. I respect them and they respect me and there is no any hidden agenda that i should get work. I think work happens purely on merit basis and i would feel ashamed if i were to use any friendships to achieve that. Also I dont get involved with anyone I work with and that keeps a lot of things very clean and thats so because I like to compartmentalize my work. My personal life is different and my professional life is different. If you were to follow two three simple rules then I dont think so that you will ever have a problem with anyone.
Do you have to say anything on Salman - SRK spat?
I dont want to comment on it because it happened in past. Its not really my job to keep commenting on it, its between them, I think we should let it rest.
Ok, if you were take any side, whom would you favour?
There will never be a time like that.
Ok. Lastly any marriage plan in offing?
For the past four years the press has been asking me about my marriage plans and now I need to say this that I think they should respect me because I am a decent normal person. I am open about my life and I dont think so that people should take liberties with me. I am kind of fed up answering this question. I think its too personal and the day I am going to marry, I am going to announce it.
Thanks a lot.