Preity Zinta

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Preity Zinta (born January 31, 1975 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India) is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood movies. She is among the most successful actresses in Bollywood.

Personal Quotes

  • Ambition:
  • I want to bring a change and do something new and different in my profession, but in the beginning I’ll have to toe line, I want to be known as a performer not a star.[1]
  • Plus Point:
  • I am easy to work with and get along well with almost everybody.[1]
  • Minus Point:
  • My Hindi direction is screwed up, I blink too much and I have no technical knowledge of film making.[1]
  • As an Actress:
  • I want to be like Sridevi & I want to do both glamorous and non-glamorous roles like Manisha Koirala, I don’t want to called just a pretty bimbo.[1]
  • On School:
  • I studied at the Jesus and Mary Simla Convent School, and then I went to St Bedes College. I was always involved in elocutions, dramatics, debates, basketball, which I loved. I had so much fun. We did the craziest things.[1]
  • On First Encounters With Bollywood:
  • Shekhar Kapur's Tara Rum Pam Pam was the first film I signed. I met him and he asked me to audition. At that point, I wasn't sure, so I said I didn't really want to audition. But I did, and two weeks later, he called me and asked me to do the movie.[1]
  • Things she find most attractive in a man:
  • A couple of things-intelligence, self-esteem; I like men who are sure of themselves and not just weathercocks and most importantly, integrity. Common sense and humour also help.[1]
  • LOVE, MONEY, SEX or POWER:
  • Love is most important. Least important would be power because if you have money, you automatically have power. Sex is also important because I'm a normal person.[1]
  • Competition
  • Well, there will always be competition, especially in showbiz. There's always someone younger and hungrier standing behind, you there's always someone with more contacts, there's always someone whose grandfather or father is a filmmaker. I think your job is just to be there 100% - you work hard and there are no shortcuts to success. You work really hard, you pick your choices, you make your choices you stick by them and then you just leave it. I think what's most important is you need to disconnect at some point. You work, you put your product there and then you forget about it. Because if you're too connected then there's always internal dialogue going on in your head -- 'is it going to work?', 'have I done the right thing?'. I think somewhere you need to disconnect And take off, go for a holiday. [2]
  • Childhood
  • I don't know if I want to answer that. But I was a total disaster I think. I was very very naughty, I was a total tomboy. And um, I got whacked around a lot, I was just really really naughty. (LH: Really? Somehow I can't see that in you. (both laugh) [2]

Famous quotes

  • I lost my father when I was 13-years-old. He was a great man, my father, and very intelligent. I love him very much. I believe it's very important that parents have a personal connection with their children. It helps kids feel more secure, have a feeling of family, makes them feel loved. [3]
  • Whenever I came across something that influenced me, I wanted to be that. So it varied from an astronaut, airhostess, army girl, to truck driver. Once, I wanted to be a nun - my mother wanted me to change schools after that... [3]
  • I am single and desperately looking for a good man in my life. I did have major crushes when I was younger but no serious relationship. [3]
  • I want to bring a change and do something new and different in my profession, but in the beginning I'll have to toe line, I want to be known as a performer not a star. [3]
  • I am proud to be part of today's Bollywood. I love dancing and lip synching to our songs. [3]
  • To act, you must know pain. You must know what it means to be in love, what it means to be rejected. [3]
  • You know what's the worst part about being an actress? It's the pressure to look gorgeous all the time and to behave perfectly. But I'm not perfect, nobody is. [3]
  • Acting can truly take a toll on your nerves. I mean we have to be larger than life. Worse, I've seen actors acting off the sets too. [3]
  • On the changing face of Indian cinema "At one time I wondered if I was doing the right films, today I know I have made the right choices. Indian cinema is changing, not step by step but by leaps. New blood is coming in, mindsets are changing and our exposure to the world is ever-increasing. I am glad these positive changes are happening when I am in the industry and not ten years from now. [3]
  • On love at first sight It is superficial to fall in love with someone looking at their face. To me I need to discover the person. I would never look at someone and exclaim - He is the one! [3]
  • I don't see myself working in a Hollywood film. [4]
  • The Fastest way to make you dream come true is to wake up !
  • Well uh, you know, I must tell you that two things in India are religion -- one is cricket and one is movies -- these are two things. I mean, it's great it's absolutely fabulous when people come up and say 'my child is your biggest fan please take a photo with this child'. And the child is an 11 month old baby, you know. So um, but I think film is a part of the Indian way of life and it's been that since years and years and years. Actors in India have a very different equation than actors anywhere in the world with their audiences, and I think that's something really special about Indian movies. And it feels great; it's also a bit scary at some time. In the end of the day you are human, film is a job which is not an individual job you have tones and tones of people behind you -- you have a whole crew of people working. But, an actor is the face of a film so you get all of the good things but you get the bad things also. [2]
  • What do I hate on the flipside? I don't think I really hate anything that much. Um because when I got into this line I didn't know what to expect, at that point I was just trying to get my lines right trying to get the act proper. And I think, you know there's a line in 'Spiderman' and it says -- "With great power comes great responsibility" and I didn't realize that. But I think what I hate about being in movies is that you're always out in the media, the media is speculating about you. In India we have a lot of gossip magazines, tabloids -- I'm sure you have them all over the world. But you can't sue them, right? Yes, they all talk about the same thing and they eat you for breakfast lunch and dinner. So, if that bit I could change I would change probably that bit.[2]
  • How do I pick a role? Well, primarily I think I would like to be part of a film that's progressive as well as entertaining, you know? Because in India we have a huge amount of audience that is not educated, and they really look up to films. They (something) movies, they look at actors. So I think it's important to do a film that's fun that's entertaining but has a message. And after that I'd like to do films that are different for me -- if I'm doing a love story then I want to do a war film, if I'm doing a war film then I want to do a story about an un-wed mother. I think variety is the spice of life. [2]
  • Favotite co-actor, HMMM Well, my favourite is always the recent one I'm working with (Both laugh). That way I don't get into trouble with anybody. But I think, I think one of my personal favourites is Shah Rukh, he's one of the best actors I've worked with[2]

Career

  • On modelling
  • Well, modeling...um, I think totally by default actually. I think I was 14, 14 and a half. And this friend of mine -- not this friend of mine -- this friend of my aunt's actually, called up and said 'can you send Preity over? We just want to meet her' and they called me over and what had happened they were shooting this Swedish catalogue and the youngest model had fallen sick, she had got the runs, so they told me 'you're going to be a model' and I had these big eyes and I was like 'really?'. And I saw this gorgeous guy standing there and I was like 'wow, I'm going to model with him', and the next thing I know I was in the kid's section and he was in the papa section and I had to pose with him and I think that's how I started my first catalogue that I did. (LH: The list goes on, I'm sure). Yes, but I was never the pouty kind of model (Lorraine laughs). You know, the sweet, cute kind of model. I was never the hot one (LH: Nothing too sexy, hey?) No, no, I was never in that bracket. [2]
  • Becoming an actress
  • I never intended to be an actor. It was not something I thought I would be, it was not something I dreamt of. I think it was my destiny to be an actor as Shekhar told me, because my best friend's boyfriend went to audition and I had an exam in the opposite building on male sexuality and I went to pick him up because we were supposed to share a cab, and the director saw me there and asked me to audition (LH: Just like that?). Yes, which I refused to, which I said 'I haven't come to audition' and he took the mic and he said 'everybody, this is a classic case of cold feet, look at her' and my face was all red and I don't know what I did, I did something out there and then he asked me to do the film and I said I was not an actor. And he gave me this big lecture on how I was destined to be an actor, so just to be cool I flipped this coin and I said 'ok, if I'm destined then heads I sign this film and tails I won't. That's as incredible and silly the story is, and it's true (LH: That's amazing). That's how I became and actor and then I got screamed at on sets because everyone was like 'where did she come from?', 'where have you got her from?'. But that's how I learnt on set. [2]
  • First job in acting
  • First job that I had... Uh, acting? Oh yes, oh yes (LH: what was that like?) very tough, very tough. I remember it was my first film called 'Kya Kehna', it was a story of an un-wed mother and it did really really well at that point. But the film that first came out was a film with Shah Rukh, where I had a very small role and that was the one that got released first. But I remember I used to ask my director 'why do I have to do it like this?' and he'd be like 'i'm not talking about you, think like the character' and I'd be like 'ok'. So I think my director took me like how you hold he hand of a child, you know and you make them walk through this tunnel I would say because everything was alien and I realized that acting is not just talent there's a lot of technicality. You have to see that this is the focus points that's the light, you have to catch the light, you have to give your facing. So all these things I just learnt them, and I grew with every film. [2]
  • Critics
  • I think critics first noticed me in my first film. I was very lucky with the critics. But the critics are really nice to you when you start off, it's only later that they start badgering you. [2]

Preity about design and shopping

  • I like Valentino and Roberto Cavalli. I like Calvin Klein. He has very straight-lined stuff.[5]
  • I really like Manish Malhotra's stuff.[5]
  • I needed salwar-kameezes for a dance rehearsal. You can't wear track bottoms and do Indian dance. [Since] I had given all my old salwar-kameezes [away, I needed to buy new ones]. I just randomly shop.[5]
  • I am not a label person. Whatever I like anywhere, I pick it up.[5]
  • I wear Whatever I feel comfortable in. I like to mix and match. I'll buy something from the street. I'll buy something from a fashion house.[5]
  • I had to attend this party instantly and I didn't have shoes. So I went and bought a pair of shoes worth 1,200 Euro. I look at those shoes and go 'This is the most expensive bite of my life'.[5]

Quotes from Preity about other stars

  • On Shahrukh Khan:
  • There are certain things you can't explain. I can't explain the Shah Rukh factor. Yes, there were some bad vibes created between Shah Rukh and me. But, we sorted it out at some stage. Someone went and told him that I'd said he likes me, and he wondered why I had said that. I denied saying having said it. We even confronted that person after which this person apologized. That was the end of the story.[6]
  • The one colleague I look up to is Shahrukh; he takes a lot of care of you. He’ll help you, he’ll give you cues and he’ll always be there for you. He’s very big-hearted and that only comes in not competing with you, he’s too beyond that to be competing with you. There is nobody else like him. [7]
  • But I think, I think one of my personal favourites is Shah Rukh, he's one of the best actors I've worked with -- he's amazing to work with. And the best thing about him is he's like me, he's really fast. I mean, we like to come there and...we did this film 'Veer Zaara', our last film together, and I had to give them 102 days for shooting and we finished it in 72 days (LH: Wow). And we finished ahead of schedule, it was great we'd come there and he'd tell me 'Preity, let's shoot two mars and we can get one day off' and I'd be like 'ok!' you know. And he's also a very selfless actor, he's very there as your co-star it's not 'this is my scene and this is my close up'. He's very there, and I think that's great. [2]
  • Rani is a wonderful actress and deserved to win. Rani & I work well together in films. We are not good good friends but we are friends. Rani is a great actress and she has a number of good films coming up. All I can say is that Rani is very friendly to me when I see her; in fact she's very sweet to me.
  • I have said repeatedly that Rani and I are not the best of friends. But yes, we have given hit films together. Rani is a very sensible and a very talented actress. I love having her as my co-star. I always tell her that our jodi is something like Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. But personally, we are like chalk and cheese, not the best of friends.[8]
  • The media has blown Rani and my friendship out of proportion. We worked very well together as co-star, there were no bad vibes on the set, and we were friendly. I like her a lot because she's very sweet. Once in a while we call up each other, but we are not like Siamese twins. So all that camaraderie that the media portrayed between us was all bullshit. We just worked well together. We had great screen chemistry, and now I have developed that same screen chemistry with Mahima and Rekhaji. You see Mahima and me together in our new film Dil Hai Tumhara ......my God, we are good together. I like Mahima. She's got a nice spirit, you know. She's not a filmi girl. She's boarding school product like me, so you can really chat with about a lot of things.[9]
  • On Saif Ali Khan:
  • Saif and I go back a long way to my very first film Kya Kehna. And guess what? I was an unwed mom in that too and Saif was the illegitimate father. Small world, huh?. Saif and I just decided to get back to basics again. But seriously Saif and I share such a wonderful rapport. It showed up in all the four films we have done so far. All of them are hits. Yaaaaaaay![10]
  • On Karan Johar:
  • My first film with Karan Johar as director (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna). And he goes into a totally unexplored territory. To that extent I guess I will be building on my reputation as an actor who takes risks.[10]
  • On Hrithik Roshan:
  • I came to know Hrithik through his wife (Suzanne Khan). Suzanne and I have been best friends for the last 10 years. I remember the first time Hrithik and I met. He was the guy Suzanne was seeing and came with a cake on my birthday. I found him very thin. I remember he told Suzanne, "What kind of a friend do you have? She comes late on her own birthday!".[11]
  • On Shirish Kunder, director of Jaan-E-Mann:
  • Shirish Kunder is a man of a few words but with the strongest visual sense. Since he`s a film editor, he knows exactly where to cut, and what. Sometimes during shooting I wasn`t sure of what he was doing. We`d rehearse and rehearse and then I`d wonder where it was going. But then I`d see the final shot and go, Wow!.[12]
  • He is a very talented filmmaker. Technically he is very, very sound. He will surprise a lot of people with Jaan-e-Mann. He is a man of few words. He is going to make a lot of memorable films. I am happy to be part of his first film. He will always remember me. [12]
  • On Akshay Kumar:
  • I worked with Akshay in Sangharsh many years ago. That was a very serious film. Akshay has got only better. He looks and acts better. He`d be on the sets at 5 a.m. I'd be like, "Don`t you have a life?". I`ve never seen him lose his cool. He`s wonderful, always happy at work. [13]
  • On Salman Khan:
  • I've worked in three films with him before this. Salman has his own style. He stands out in crowd. [14]
  • He (Salman) may not be media savvy, he may be involved in some unfortunate incidents, but Salman at heart is one of the nicest guys I know in the industry, and even outside it. He is constantly being misrepresented in the media and being made a target just because he happens to be a celebrity. [15]
  • On Abhishek Bachchan:
  • He's amazing to work with. He and I had little bits together in Salaam Namaste and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. But this was our first full-fledged film together. I've come back from London loving him even more. He's so adorable. Absolutely fantastic!. [16]
  • On Bobby Deol:
  • As for Bobby, he isn't chatty. But not quite reserved either... thank god I did a fun film like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Even Jaan-E-Mann has a very strong emotional quotient. [17]
  • We had a great time during Soldier. Bobby remains the same. Quiet and wise. [18]
  • On her co-stars generally:
  • I guess I've been lucky. I've shared a great rapport with all of them. As for the female co-stars, they're fine too. Except that I'm expected to become best friends with each one I work with. I don't make best friends with my co-stars, male or female. But Abhishek is a buddy. [16]
  • On Lara Dutta:
  • I hardly know her. But she is sweet.[19]
  • On Amitabh Bachchan:
  • Amit-ji is outstanding. He wasn't well. His mom was in hospital. His house was flooded. And he was dancing away with me and Abhishek! If this isn't dedication, what is? We are just novices in front of Amit-ji. But I wonder what he must have been like when he was younger! I tend to grumble about little things like a broken down AC or a postponed schedule. Amit-ji never complains. I recently read the book on the making of 'Sholay' to get to know Amit-ji and Jaya Aunty. [19]
  • (After the shooting of The Last Lear): The last time I was in Mussourie, it was for another shoot. And guess what? It was again with Mr Bachchan for Armaan. I've already decided, if I ever direct a film I'll cast him in it. [20]
  • It's always a pleasure to work with him. I've just completed The Last Lear with Mr Bachchan and he's awesome.[21]
  • (After the shooting of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom): And about Mr. Bachchan what can you say about him, he is like God and I just love him. [22]

Quotes from stars about Preity

  • Shahrukh Khan:
  • I love working with Preity Zinta, She is very fun to work with.
  • I think Preity is one of the best actresses we have today. I enjoyed very much to work with her.
  • Rani Mukerji:
  • Preity is a lovely co-star. All our films together have worked. She keeps joking that she'll put me in her wedding picture to ensure her marriage remains a superhit.[23]
  • Preity and I have always shared a good working relationship. We were never great pals, but we vibe so well on-screen that to the media and outsiders it appears that we are great friends in real life, too.
  • Abhishek Bachchan:
  • She's one of the nicest persons I've met.[24]
  • I'm looking forward to working with Preity. I'm sure we will have a great time during shooting (of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom)
  • Brett Lee:
  • I quite like Preity Zinta. She's a lovely girl.[25]
  • Jaya Bachchan at the Filmfare Awards after winning the best supporting actress award:
  • Preity, I loved playing your mother.
  • Preity and I made a most natural daughter-mother pair in Kal Ho Naa Ho. We didn't have to fake our feelings. It was like sitting and talking to my own daughter. Like my Shweta, Preity is so young and yet like my friend. But Shweta is not as talkative as Preity. I must tell you, Preity used to get very upset when people expressed their disappointment that I wasn't playing Shahrukh Khan's mom. [26]
  • Akshay Kumar
  • She's the Basanti of my Sholayland. She is a lovely co-star to work with.[27]
  • Hrithik Roshan
  • Preity is one of the few actors I've had the pleasure of working with, who is not selfish in the least. I guess that stems from security.[28]
  • I really like the girl. She's a good actress and lives life on her own terms. What I find particularly attractive about Preity is the fact that in her case what you see is what you get. There are no pretentions. We don't party often, but whenever we do, we're always able to connect.[28]
  • Gracy Singh
  • I would like being compared to good actresses like Preity Zinta.[28]
  • Kareena Kapoor:
  • There was probably some misunderstanding which she wasn't interested in clearing up. That's fine by me because she's nowhere in competition with me. That's something I feel. [29]
  • Saif Ali Khan
  • Well, Preity has been lucky for me. I hope she continues that way.[28]
  • Priyanka Chopra:
  • As for Preity Zinta, she is very bubbly and straightforward and I enjoyed my interaction with her during the Temptations World Tour.[28]
  • When I did The Hero with Preity Zinta she was quite cool to work with.[28]
  • Celina Jaitley:
  • Preity Zinta is like my elder sister. We bonded really well during our world tour. [30]
  • Malaika Arora Khan (actress)
  • The most stylish? In India I would definitely vote for Rekha and Amitabh Bachchan among the older lot and Preity Zinta, Zayed Khan among the new lot.[28]
  • I hit it off very well with Preity Zinta while shooting for Salaam Namaste in Australia. She is utterly non-filmi and so friendly. We would go for sightseeing and chill out together. The unit used to refer to us as ‘the two Zees’ or the ‘Zinta-Zaetta’ duo.[28]
  • Upen Patel (model and actor)
  • Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra and Preity Zinta are far more beautiful than anyone else - not just in India but in Hollywood as well. They are a perfect blend of sweet and sexy.[28]
  • Katrina Kaif
  • Except for Preity Zinta, I haven't met a single secure actress in Bollywood.[31]

Quotes from Preity on her films' crew

  • On Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Music directors of Kal Ho Naa Ho
  • Shankar Ehsaan Loy are my lucky music directors. They did the music for Dil Chahta hai, KANK, Kal Ho Na Ho. These are all films of mine in which the music has been outstanding and it's really done well. It's gone down well with the audiences and I think they have upped their quotient with Jhoom Barabar Jhoom because they are so good in this movie. The variety they have is so outstanding. I think that's why they are three of them because each one contributes so much to the film and that gives us a whole picture.[22]
  • On Shaad Ali, Director of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
  • Shaad and I started our careers together. He assisted Mani Ratnam in Dil Se and I did Dil Se as my first film. He was an assistant director and I was working in that film. I think nine years down the line we come into a full circle now he's directing this film and I am in it. I absolutely love Shaad and he's one director very unassuming even if you joke about him and say he's the only communist on the set. He also has this madness in him which translates into his cinema. You will see a mad streak in me, in Abhishek, in Lara and also in Bobby and that's purely because Shaad has directed this film. If there was any other director you wouldn't have seen that madness streak. I think he's really relaxed and he's like a sweet teddy bear with his psycho hair out.[22]
  • He's so quiet and yet so much in charge on the sets. I've never had so much fun on location. But then come to think of it, I always make sure I've fun. We call him Fidel on the sets. Why? Because with his beard he looks like the young Fidel Castro [18]
  • On Samir Karnik, Director of Mera Bharat Mahaan
  • Samir Karnik is a very capable director. He's very sure of what he wants. [21]
  • On Rituparno Ghosh, Director of The Last Lear
  • Playing a bad actor against him was a pleasure specially when I had a director like Rituparno Ghosh to guide me to be bad on camera. Ghosh is a magician and so calm. He kept trying these various wigs on his shaved head and we had a ball just watching Ghosh experiment with his looks. As for my looks, you’ve to see what Ghosh has done with me. I’ve never looked like this before. It was all so much fun, and didn’t seem like we were making a very serious film.[20]

Film directors about Zinta

  • Farah Khan (Choreographer)
  • Preity Zinta in Dil Se was one such example. She could not dance and I had to change the steps for the hit number, Jiya jale from the typical classical ones to those that would suit her personality. I even allowed her to use her own expressions to match the steps![28]
  • Tanuja Chandra (Director of Sangharsh)
  • I've got unusual performances out of Kajol in 'Dushman', Preity Zinta in 'Sangharsh' and Mahima in 'Film Star'.[28]
  • Deepa Mehta (Director of Heaven on Earth)
  • Everyone on the sets just loved her. She's a real trouper - warm, alive and courageous. And she has amazing talent.[32]

Preity on her films

  • On Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna and Jaan-E-Mann (2006):
  • I kept my look and make-up very simple in Jaan-e-Mann. Also, Shirish wanted the make-up to be minimalist. And to create a different look becomes easier when you`re doing both films together. KANK was more about power dressing. In Jaan-e-Mann, I`m softer, more feminine. [33]
  • One barely saw me smile in KANK. I play a much happier character in Jaan-e-Mann. In KANK I was fighting my favourite actor. Fighting Shah Rukh Khan wasn`t easy. To be up against him was very taxing. [34]
  • On Jaan-E-Mann:
  • If I were to do it, I would act in Jaan-E-Mann all over again -- and again and again. [35]
  • I worked with Akshay after seven years and with Salman after two-three years. I have a great feeling about Jaan-e-Mann. Leave alone the romance, kids will love it. It’s fun, with clean humor, no double-edged meaning or tacky lines in the film. Of course, today’s eight year old has the mind and intelligence of a thirteen year old. Kids even loved Salaam Namaste, a movie centering around live-in relationships. My friend’s daughter said, "Preity maasi I loved it when you puked in to Saif’s topi". I was baffled at her reaction. Jaan-e-Mann is a film you see it over hundred times over and not get bored. You could be a four-year old, forty or hundred; you will still love this one. [36]
  • On Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna:
  • Abhishek and I are like the anchors in the plot. I was never more scared of a role. A little bit this or that way, and my character could've toppled over. Thank god Rhea doesn't come across as a bitch. I constantly kept looking at Karan for reassurance. I never had to be directed so closely before. [37]
  • I play Rhea Saran, a fashion editor of a magazine in New York. She is a power woman and is very career-oriented. It is a very sprightly character involving lots of powerful dialogues. She is a person who does not overtly display too much of her emotions but nevertheless is emotional, containing her inner feelings. The script was interesting because of the difference in the subject - the way it deals with relationships. Karan has earlier also made films which are based on relationships but they were more candy floss, more fun and were easy in their set-ups. This film has got a very different feel to it in terms of complexities of marriage and relationships. And that is what attracted me to the script of this film. I think it is for the audience to decide the kind of message that it tries to convey. What I would say from my end is, it is about relationships and says you must marry for the right reasons. Don’t just get married for the sake of it, or because it is convenient, or because you don’t have any other option. I think marriage is a beautiful relationship of two people coming together and if you want to get married, get married for the right reasons and marry for love [38]
  • Shah Rukh’s wife Gauri and Jaya (Bachchan) aunty think highly of me in the film. It felt good to be wearing clothes that sometimes cost more than the location. [39]
  • On Chori Chori Chupke Chupke:
  • I did refuse the role of Madhubala in Chori Chori Chupke Chupke. I was keen on playing Rani's character instead. [40]
  • On Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007) and Shaad Ali:
  • I was shooting for Jhoom Barabar Jhoom in London. Shaad was a revelation...very nice, very cute. [16]
  • On Lakshya (2004)
  • Physically, it was the toughest film. I can work 25 hours a day. I have that energy. But everything is against you sometimes -- the weather, the terrain. It was tough because I had to do two pages [worth of] dialogues in one take because I was reading the news out live: 'This is happening, and the Indian government said this or Aaj yeh hua hai, woh hua hai,' and have no emotion on film as a character. You are either talking to your mother or the man you love [in other films], the dialogue is in sequence with your life. It is very different from reading news, which is just facts. So I had to rato [memorise] it like a parrot! [41]
  • I come from an army background. You will always see that army children have a very proud and strong patriotic streak because their father serves in it [the army]. My brother is still serving in the army. I know how the army is. And you feel good about the way it is depicted in this film. There is a lot of respect [for the army] in this film. When Farhan first came to me with the script, I thought, if I take this film, it is the kind of role you need to do so much research and get to see very little [of that research in the film].[41]
  • There is a lot that goes into my character in Lakshya. I was really excited because I come from an army background. I read every possible book about this war because I was playing a journalist. I also spoke to a couple of journalists.[41]
  • On Veer-Zaara (2004)
  • Well, first of all it was directed by Mr. Yash Chopra, he's one of India's finest directors. His career spans over five decades and I think for me to be part of this film was an absolute honour. Second, I think the way people think, the way people think, is reflected in their art and is reflected in their cinema. There was a time with Pakistan we were going through a lot of problems, we had a war and we made movies that were war-oriented, we made a lot of films. And I think today with this script, we've reached a stage where people have said' ok, it's time to move on'. And I thought that was a great message to have in a film and I think what our governments can't do -- you know I think people blend better than governments -- what our government cannot do, our cinema can do and this film is truly doing that. It's doing beautifully everywhere, it's doing really really well and the kind of response we're getting from it is incredible so I think everybody looks at this film and goes 'ding!' so that's good. LH: Right, right. Focusing on the positive, right? PZ: Of course. [2]

Other quotes

  • On being invited to the Cannes Film Festival in 2006:
  • It is an honour to represent your country at the global platform. Aishwarya and Shahrukh Khan had also attended the film festival earlier. I am looking forward to the grand festival and I’m also keen to watch some of the finest international films at the festival. I’m glad that I’ll be there with Karan (Johar).[42]
  • On shooting in New York:
  • It is a beautiful city. It is one of my favourite cities in the world. It's a city that never sleeps. It is amazing to be in New York. [43]

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