Preity Zinta, who turns a year older on January 31, recalls childhood memories of her birthdays: “My parents used to have these birthday parties in Shimla where I’d stand at the door and ask the guests for my gift. And I’d ask them to leave if they didn’t bring anything!”
About her gradual return to acting after the IPL stint (she will soon be seen in a rustic avatar in Bhaiyyaji Superhit), she borrows her friend Shah Rukh Khan’s line, “Abhi toh picture baki hai, mere dost.”
She regrets neither her stormy stint in the IPL nor her disastrous tryst with film production (her production Ishqk In Paris was a dud). “I am not the one to regret anything.
I am not much of a planner either. I don’t know why but my name was brought into every controversy regarding the IPL’s relationship with the entertainment industry.
But it’s okay. I am okay with the good, bad and the ugly.” Preity has been through rough times, but is stronger for it.
“When the going is not so great you know who you are and who your friends are. So bring on the bad and the good. I can take both on my chin. I am a gutsy gal.”
She is happy with life for now. “It doesn’t matter how the world looks at you. It’s how you look at yourself. I’ve great friends, a great life.”
Preity has been spending a lot of time outside Mumbai, in LA with her brother and niece. “Whenever I’m not shooting, I’m out of the country.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Mumbai. But tell me, what can an actor do in the city if she isn’t working? I can’t go out partying. I can’t go for a jog. I can’t go out with any guy.
If I do I’ve to beg some women to come along, otherwise the guy and I get linked up. I can’t handle it.”...