I wanted to quit Bollywood but husband pushed me back: Preity Zinta


Lauded for her roles in films such as ‘Dil Se’, ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ and ‘Salaam Namaste’, Preity Zinta had decided not to continue her journey in Bollywood after her marriage to Gene Goodenough. But the actor recently shared that her husband pushed her back into doing films.

Preity, who will be seen in Bhaiyyaji Superhitt, considers herself lucky to have such a life partner. When asked how she juggles between her personal and professional life, Preity said, “I am happy and lucky that I am married to somebody who pushed me back into doing a movie. Because I thought I don’t want to do any more films and I moved to the business side of life.”

According to the actor, the toughest job in the world is to be a housewife. “Because you get no appreciation and you have to work 24/7 and you never get time off. So people like us, who are professionals, we get that kind of gratitude from our work space. I think women, in general, are super women because they always do two jobs. If they are married, they take care of home and on the professional front they work.”

Preity shared she feels no pressure for her upcoming film because she is not producing it. “There is absolutely no pressure. I don’t have any stress because I’m not producing it. If you look at any actor, whenever they have had their first production, they have all fallen flat because they have been all over the place… which is fine because I’m still very proud of my film, Ishkq in Paris, which I produced,” she added.

Bhaiyyaji Superhitt, which also stars Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel, is special for Preity because she has never played an “earthy character” before.

On another note, she doesn’t care about women-centric films but feels a great story is what is most important. “I don’t think there are woman-centric films. I think there is a great story. If you look at my first film Kya Kehna, then you will say it was a woman-centric film. I don’t look at it like that. I think a great story is very important,” Preity stated.

The actor added that entertainment is important in a film, but having a positive message is pivotal too. “I also feel that entertainment is fun, but it’s always good when a lot of people watch movies, they get very influenced by movies.”

While she is often chased after by her countless fans, Preity vented out her frustration over how press photographers pounce on celebrities, leaving them scared. “Stepping out in Mumbai is not fun any more; photographers just pounce on you. No one politely asks for a photo any more. They actually scare you,” Preity tweeted on Monday.

She feels one needs to have a ‘riot gear’ to control paparazzi now. “Earlier the photographers were so polite and amazing. I always had conversations with them and cracked jokes. Now we need riot gear,” Preity said.