By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: After doing a cameo with Saif Ali Khan in the US for a film entitled Happy Ending, Preity Zinta is back in Mumbai “for good”.
She has resumed shooting in India with Neerraj Pathak’s Bhaiyyaji Superhit where in her own words she has a “damned interesting role” opposite Sunny Deol. For the first time Preity gets to play a bonafide rustic character.And she’s working hard to clean herself of the subtle American twang she has acquired during her frequent visits to the US where her brother lives.
Last seen in her home-production Ishkq In Paris, the film’s failure left Preity disappointed but undeterred.
Now back in the thick of things Preity says, “I’ve been expanding my horizons,exploring new areas of work-related activity. That is difficult for a lot of my colleagues in Bollywood to understand. For them cinema is the sum-total of their activity. I didn’t want my life to be restricted to one vocation. I’ve done other things. Now I’m back being what I am most comfortable doing.”
Preity begins shooting for Bhaiyyaji Superhit in Udaipur this week.She plays a character from rural Uttar Pradesh.
Sunny Deol plays her husband.
“The reason why I am doing this role is because I find it damn interesting. I have never played someone quite like this woman.At this juncture of my career when I no longer need to depend on my film career for my livelihood I can afford to do the roles that enthuse me.”
About the cameo she did in Saif’s film Preity says, “It’s not just a song. It’s a role with speaking lines. In fact I still have a portion of it to shoot here in India. I did it for Saif who’s a dear friend.”