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A Lot Like Love

It’s been hell dealing with both these situations.

Although bogged down by the IPL spot fixing controversy,Preity Zinta lights up while talking about her first home production,Ishkq In Paris

It must be a trying time for you—the release of Ishkq in Paris was delayed due to director Prem Raj’s cancer diagnosis and now comes the IPL spot fixing controversy?

It’s been hell dealing with both these situations. Prem’s illness did delay the release of the film but he has thankfully recovered. The spot-fixing controversy has caused a dip in the team’s morale as well as mine. After all,the joke is on the team owners. But I truly believe that not everyone is corrupt. I’m waiting to see where the investigations lead. In the end,the IPL will be cleared of all the filth.

Your involvement with Ishkq in Paris extends beyond just acting and production?

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I wrote the story,screenplay and dialogues,too,along with Prem,which was very exciting for me. I studied criminal psychology and I have applied my training in observing people into writing. Much of the film is borrowed from the people I know and some of it is from my own life. Like the fact that I cut my hair short because I was told women from Paris don’t wear their hair long.

And does your character,Ishkq,borrow your own view on love?

Yes and no. Half-French-half-Indian,Ishkq’s idea of love or mine isn’t like that of a 16-year-old’s; she doesn’t view it with rose-tinted glasses. Ishkq is looking for something to complete her life but it isn’t love. That said,her view on relationships differs from mine as I have a more positive approach.

Isn’t Paris a clichéd location to set your love story in?

Yes,but in this film,it isn’t used as a clichéd location. In my view,you can get everything in Paris except love. You can fall in love every day in the city but you cannot stay in it. It’s a tough city to live in. You see that in the movie.

Why did you choose to make a comeback with a newcomer?

I could have asked any of my friends — Shah Rukh Khan,Aamir Khan,Hrithik Roshan or Salman Khan — to come on board. But if they did,the movie would be a guaranteed flop since they come with the huge baggage. Besides,that would have overshot my budget. Rhehan Malliek brings freshness to the film,he makes me look different and new.

Has the strain of production put you off making more movies then?

I know what I want to produce next but I want to take time with it. Meanwhile,I am about to sign a new film soon. After a month’s break,I will start shooting for Bhaiyyaji Superhit,where I will rock. You know why? Because I don’t have to produce it.