SRK on his ladies: Preity Zinta – busy suing everyone, beware
But sheâ€™s a sweetheart. She comes from an army background, which is what makes her very righteous. Things should be done in the right manner. But all said and done, sheâ€™s a yaar, a dost. Sheâ€™ll really stand by you. When I was planning to buy an office for my VFX studio, she sent me a cheque of Rs11, 000. She said thatâ€™s her participation in my studio. It was a sweet gesture.
And to think I didnâ€™t really like her earlier on.
Because of something sheâ€™d said. She told someone Iâ€™m a verbal flirt. I didnâ€™t like it. She didnâ€™t know me well enough to make such a remark. See, I joke with everyone. Maybe she didnâ€™t understand my sense of humour. Maybe sheâ€™d met men who said things like that with a different attitude so she got it wrong. Maybe I was wrong. I shouldnâ€™t have joked with her. So I refused quite a few films with her including Mission Kashmir. Of course, I never gave any film-maker the real reason for refusing the film. That was wrong because Iâ€™m a big star. I just told them I didnâ€™t like the film or didnâ€™t have dates. Iâ€™ve never mentioned it to anyone. In fact, this is the first time Iâ€™m talking about it.
Then Karan told me he wanted to sign her for Kal Ho Naa Ho. Initially, I was hesitant about his choice. But because Karan was making the film, I agreed. And because Iâ€™m very righteous I was clear that if I work with her in one film then Iâ€™ll work with her in every which film.
Today I feel maybe I wronged her. Maybe I should have worked with her earlier because I really enjoy working with her. So Iâ€™ve missed out on those two-three years of working with Preity. Sheâ€™s really fun.
And she knows she has to work hard to hone her talent because acting doesnâ€™t come naturally to her. Itâ€™s the same with me too. But I have never seen her shirk hard work. Today, sheâ€™s a better dancer than she ever was. Sheâ€™s a prime example of 100 per cent hard work. Iâ€™ll always love her. Now Iâ€™ll go and clean roads with her every time she asks me.