‘I was scared of Sal­man’

Pre­ity Zinta talks about her rap­port with fel­low ac­tor Sal­man Khan

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - PTI

Ac­tor Pre­ity Zinta (above, left) has re­vealed that she was scared of Sal­man Khan (inset) be­fore she shared screen space with him. Pre­ity, 40, who is now a close friend of the Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan ac­tor, has worked with him in five films in her 17-year-long-ca­reer, and says he is a shy per­son.

“The only ac­tor I used to be scared of be­fore I worked with him was @Be­ingSal­manKhan I don’t know why but I was ... I used to love to see Sal­man squirm and get em­bar­rassed hear­ing my di­a­logues in Chori Chori Chupke Chupke. He ac­tu­ally is kinda shy (sic),” she tweeted dur­ing an online ses­sion with fans on the com­ple­tion of 17 years in Bol­ly­wood.

Pre­ity also shared that she and her Chori Chori Chupke Chupke ((2001) co-star Rani Mukerjee, had the great­est chem­istry. “Of all my co-stars, my best co-star award goes to the one and only Rani Mukerjee. She is a plea­sure to work with and we had the great­est chem­istry,” says Zinta, who worked with Rani in Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, (2000) Veer Zaara (2004) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006).

The dim­pled-beauty made her act­ing de­but with Dil Se in 1998 fol­lowed by a role in Soldier the same year. These per­for­mances earned her best fe­male de­but awards, and she was later recog­nised for her role as a teenage sin­gle mother in Kya Kehna (2000).

Shar­ing a trivia from the Kya Kehna, she wrote, “I slapped the vice prin­ci­ple in the film so hard that when the di­rec­tor said ‘cut’, he screamed, ‘Even if it’s not ok ... it’s ok’.” And it’s not that she was the one to hurt oth­ers. Zinta says that she was hurt too. “I chipped my teeth & broke my leg in the cli­max scene of Sang­harsh. It was aw­ful! I did beat him (Ashutosh Rana) in the sec­ond take for re­venge though,” she says.

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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