At the recently concluded Unforgettable show at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum, Preity Zinta enthralled her fans by dancing and lip-synching to her hit film numbers, including Salaam Namaste and Bumbro, Bumbro.
It was an event filled with Bollywood nostalgia -- with Amitabh Bachchan narrating dialogues from Deewar and Zinta marking 10 years in the Bollywood film industry. Her first film Dil Se was released in 1998.
But when Zinta sat and reflected upon her career, she talked about her desire to explore the deeper and more layered side of her personality -- something she has not been able to do in her Bollywood films.
"Within the parameters of commercial Indian cinema, with the songs and dances, I tried to do as much as I could from playing an unwed mother, to a prostitute, a cop, a journalist, a married woman whose husband beats her and a psychotic, aggressive, rich spoilt kid," Zinta said. But then one day -- nearly two years ago, she woke up feeling empty.
"I said to myself, 'I am going to go to work 10 minutes late; I am going to go 15 minutes late; I am going to sleep a little bit more," she added. "And then I thought that I needed to re-inspire myself and do things that are not up my sleeve. And for me that door was opened by Rituparno Ghosh."
Text: Aseem Chhabra
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