Mumbai, September 19
By Our Bollywood
Reporter Ms Sheena
MUMBAI: After her scorching liplocks with Saif Ali Khan in Yash Raj
Films’ Salaam Namaste, public opinion is that Preity Zinta is a better on-screen
kisser than the original smooch siren Mallika Sherawat.
know how to react to her latest claim to fame. ‘‘I don’t know what people mean
when they say that. But I admit that I had reservations about the kisses,’’ she
The actor almost didn’t work in Salaam Namaste. ‘‘I took a week to
say yes to Adi (Aditya Chopra). I just wasn’t sure if I could pull it off,’’ she
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In the end, the film’s script
convinced her. And also the fact that the makers would not use the kisses as a
publicity gimmick. ‘‘I knew that the entire second half of the film dealt with
pregnancy so we had to show intimate scenes. Anyway, we’ve come a long way from
showing two flowers meeting as a symbol for kissing,’’ she says.
feels Salaam Namaste is right up there in her personal favourite list. ‘‘I like
my character, Ambar. She’s modern, progressive and not a bechari. But she still
wants a marriage and the father of her baby to accept the child.’’ Unlike Ambar
though, Zinta doesn’t believe in the concept of live-in relationships. ‘‘That’s
not for me unless someone wants to live in my suitcase because I travel so
much,’’ she laughs.
Physically, working in Salaam Namaste was pretty
taxing. Zinta had to move around with a plaster of Paris prosthetic to show her
pregnant mound. She also trained with three trainers for over six months to
carry off her Aussie wardrobe. ‘‘I slogged but it was all worth it because I’ve
never looked or felt fitter,’’ she says.
Zinta, who is currently
shooting in New York for Shirish Kunder’s debut Jaan-e-man, narrates how a
Chinese couple stopped her at Times Square and complimented her profusely.
‘‘According to me, that was a big moment for Hindi cinema. Two Chinese nationals
watching our film in New York. Wow!’’ she exclaims.
Her happiness dims
at the mention of her Jaan-e-man co-star Salman Khan. Apparently, Zinta is
really miffed with him after Tapegate. ‘‘I’m tired of this controversy. I’m
working with Salman and we’re both professionals. That’s it. I’d rather talk
about Salaam Namaste,’’ she says.
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