Jahnu Barua is a national award winning director and his current project is Har Pall with Preity Zinta and Shiney Ahuja. Barua is nothing but praise for the actress and feels that her decision to do to less mainstream, more arty films was a very good one. Besides Har Pall, Preity will also be seen in Rituparno Ghosh’s The Last Lear and Deepa Mehta’s Heaven on Earth, none of which can be called your typical masala film.
Barua said, “I have seen sparks of her brilliance in whatever opportunities she has got and she brings a zing on the screen. But the fact is that Bollywood still writes stories keeping the heroes in mind and unfortunately the actresses are sidelines with petty roles without any scope of displaying what they can deliver. There are so many talented actresses who become second fiddle to heroes for most of the film and when they get a good role, they deliver so well.”
“Preity is an amazingly mature actress and I’m afraid I think Bollywood has under-utilised her for years,” he added.
About signing Preity for the role in his film, the director had complete faith in the actress and said, “I loved her performances in many films and I was specially moved by her performance in Kya Kehna. I think she was really brilliant in the film; the soul of the movie. I was convinced that she could carry off intense scripts with ease and she has done that in my film.”