Preity Zinta is on a high. With Kal Ho Naa Ho all set to give her the top most slot in Bollywood, its quite natural that the bubbly actress is celebrating.
She takes time out between a late lunch with Salman Khan and Atul Agnihotri as they discuss their next scene in her next big movie Dilne Jise Apna Kaha.
Your film Kal Ho Naa Ho with Shah Rukh seems to be a rage. What is your take on Shah Rukh?
SRK. He's a one take artiste! He's brilliant, really quick. Shah Rukh is a powerhouse of energy. Even though he's hurt his back, his energy level never dips on the sets. He's constantly hyper, he wants you to do the shot fast. He's excellent with improvising, very fine actor for the co-stars. When you are working with him, you have to be on your toes. He is just so good because his timing is really good and if you are not alert, you waste the scene from your side. His energy spreads to the whole crew.
How was it being part of Karan Johar's Kal Ho Naa Ho? He's known to pamper his artistes.
I love him. He is multi-faceted and you have to discover his many qualities. He can design, has a great sense of clothes, of embroidery, of fittings, he's done the story and screenplay of this film, he's a director and producer and he can act better than half the actors I know, he can choreograph, has an understanding of dance. He's witty, his humour is amazing and above all he's very caring. I discovered him during this film. Plus, he's the most clumsy guy in the world, he'll slip and fall over everything and anything.
And Jaya Bachchan?
She's wonderful. Elegant and dignified and so cool. Working with her is something I'll always remember. She makes us all so comfortable. And, once you discover it, she has a fabulous sense of humour. She plays my mother Jennifer in the film.
You have quite a few big banners lined up now. How do you choose your films now?
Yes, I am particularly thrilled about the Yash Chopra film I have signed. I canít believe that I am going to be part of his body of work. Today, my criteria for signing films is that they should move beyond the basic formula for a girl. There has to be some input in my role that marks it out from the usual. I refuse films that are just following the formula for a heroine. I canít see myself playing generic roles.