I wanted to ‘study’ Bobby: Preity

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 09, 2007 11:14 hrs

Since Preity completes nine years in the film industry this year, she shares some funny moments from her early days while working with Bobby in her first film, Soldier. She also talks about her boyfriend Ness Wadia and tells Karan that she is sick of the media constantly scrutinising her personal life. She admits that she’s mellowed down and matured since the last time she was on the show and that she is on good terms with her peers, Rani and Kareena! She tells Karan that she hates being ‘controversy’s favorite child’ talking about being dragged into the news, when Shekhar Kapur’s wife went on record saying some very controversial things about her. Bobby shares the origin of the name “Pritam Singh” by which he fondly addresses Preity! They talk about the warm bond they share with each other and their unique style of talking to each other — they constantly fight and argue!

The Koffee gets even hotter, with the duo shooting back witty answers to Karan’s tricky questions in the rapid fire round. What would Preity do if Ness asked her to give up acting? If she was a PR consultant, what advice would she give to Himesh Reshammiya? Which Bollywood actor’s tell-all book would she love to read and which Bollywood actress’s body does she envy? If Bobby would be locked up with Rakhi Sawant and Mallika Sherawat, what would he do? Which Punjab ka puttar does he get along best with? Does he prefer critical acclaim or commercial success? Watch out, who takes the hamper home in this very exciting rapid fire round. Will it be Bobby or Preity?

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Excerpts from the interview:

Karan: How’s life been?

Preity: Life’s been good! I just wrapped up a movie Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and now its ready for release!

Karan: And now you have some other films you are doing… you worked with Rituparna Ghosh on a film with Mr. Bachchan.
Preity: Yes! It’s an English film called The Last Lear with Mr. Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Shefali Shah and Divya Dutta!

Karan: Great! So… so much work happening… no time for love?
Preity: (Laughing) Accha!
Karan: Love we all know about!
Preity: Karan! (Laughing)

Karan: Yeh Pritam Singh ka origin bata dena mujhe.
Preity: Bobby, please don’t destroy me. Please I beg you!
Bobby: Well, she’s like a guy… eh… like a buddy!

Karan: You two have been friends for a while and you’ve kept in touch even when you didn’t work together?
Preity: Yes! Bobby and me have known each other before I became an actor.
Bobby: She would be with us. We would all go out in my dads van every night out and she would be sitting right at the back quiet to her self. And one day she came up to me and said Ok! I’m doing criminal psychology. Can I make you my subject? And I said to her, look Preity… I would love to but I’m from this family and if I talk about myself and if you say this is my subject Bobby Deol, I can’t do it!

Karan: You wanted to make bobby your subject?
Preity: But you know in the beginning I didn’t know Bobby as Dharmendra’s son.

Karan: Who did you think he was?
Preity: I swear. When I first met him he was one of the guys in the group and I had to look for someone between 23-28 ka age group, I was finding and I needed 5 subjects and actually I didn’t realize.
Bobby: Actually I never thought she wanted to get into movies. I was at Shekhar’s office for two years waiting for my film to start. Nothing was happening… I got to know everyone in the staff. I was going to start shooting for Soldier and I went to the studio and they said ‘Preity aayi thi yaha par… uska screen test accha tha’ and ‘I was like Preity kaun? Uska surname kya hain and then they said Preity Zinta. And I said mereko dikhao and then I saw it and I was like “she’s pretty good man!”’ and then when I was shooting for Soldier I didn’t recommend her but I told them there is this girl and she’s very good and I didn’t know she’s already signed on for another film and then she was my heroine and her first film was with me.

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