MUMBAI: Controversies aside, actress-cum-business woman Preity Zinta says she has the deepest respect for internationally acclaimed director Shekhar Kapur and that she will be always there for him. â€œShekhar is very special to me because he is the one who brought me into this industry. Though that film did not take off, I will always be grateful to him for bringing me to the film industry. I have great respect for him and I will always be there for him,â€ Preity said.
Kapur, whose ex-wife Suchitra Krishnamurthy blamed Preity for her divorce, had signed the actress for Ta Ra Rum Pum that was to be directed by Vishal Bharadwaj.
â€œBut the film never took off due to some problems. We sat for a few meetings and worked on the scripts but things did not fall in place so we just let it go,â€ Preity said.
Is she doing any film with him now? â€œNo, he did not approach me again.â€
What are the films that Preity is working on now? â€œI have a lot of films which I have completed shooting for.â€ Preity said she has completed Jahnu Baruaâ€™s Har Pal, Rituparno Ghoshâ€™s English film The Last Lear, Samir Karnikâ€™s Heroes and Deepa Mehtaâ€™s Punjabi film Heaven On Earth.
Out of these, Preity considers Heaven On Earth as the most intense film of her career.
â€œIt is the best film I have ever done. If I am 80-years-old and if someone asks me which film do you want to show people, I would say Heaven On Earth.
The actress thanks Bengali director Rituparno Ghosh for introducing her to meaningful cinema.
â€œHe opened the doors to working in meaningful films. I want that when I look back after 10 or 20 years, I donâ€™t have only masala films to my credit. I want to see myself as part of meaningful films as well. It is because of him that I got Heaven On Earth and I want to thank him for that.â€