‘Pre­ity Zinta spoke non-stop on set’

As Kya Kehna turns 17, Saif Ali Khan talks about his en­er­getic and bub­bly co-star Pre­ity Zinta

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Film­maker Kun­dan Shah’s Kya Kehna (2000), was de­scribed as a film ahead of its time. Star­ring Pre­ity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Chan­drachur Singh, it was about an un­wed girl who got preg­nant. Saif played the role of Pre­ity’s lover, and later leaves her on learn­ing about her preg­nancy. He says that it was this role of the bad boy that made him come on board.

“The unique part about my char­ac­ter was that it was slightly neg­a­tive, which was quite dy­namic,” says Saif. Talk­ing about how Shah made the char­ac­ter in­ter­est­ing for him, the ac­tor says, “Shah isn’t a typ­i­cal com­mer­cial di­rec­tor. He needed to find a story for the guy. He said a per­son who treats girls like this must have an is­sue with his mother. He wrote a scene where my char­ac­ter con­fronts his mum, and ac­cuses her of be­ing with other men. Later, one of the pro­duc­ers cut it out.” Shed­ding light on his ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Pre­ity, Saif says, “Pre­ity was fun to work with—bub­bly and en­er­getic. She talked non­stop. Shah al­most had a heart at­tack, not re­lated to her, I hope and she asked him, ‘Sir, how is the heart at­tack?’ He said, ‘Very good,’” he quips.

Re­call­ing some anec­dotes, from the sets, Saif talks about an in­ci­dent when he had a wardrobe mal­func­tion. “We were shoot­ing in Switzer­land and I had to roll down a hill. I tore my black leather pants and you could see my white un­der­wear. They printed [screened] it as they couldn’t get it again. I was hop­ing no one would no­tice,” he says.

PHOTO:YOGEN SHAH

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