We are talking about the burkha. Which the attractive Preity Zinta wore on Independence Day eve so as not to attract attention when she went into a Bandra cinema hall to see Shah Rukh Khan's hit movie Chak De India with the junta.
Preity tells the story, "I could have seen the movie in the safety and comfort of a multiplex, but to gauge the reaction of the audience, I had to sit among the masses. I went along with my mom and cousin, hidden in a burkha, and because nobody could see me, I was at my buoyant best."
According to the vivacious actress, in her disguise, she was able to scream, whistle and cheer along with the audience for SRK and his team of women hockey players in the movie.
There were other women in burkhas as well among the audience, so she got away with it. Says Preity, "The movie has elevated patriotism to a higher level, it's given energy a new meaning and youth a new direction."
Coming from someone who is at the top of the Bollywood heap herself, and who made her debut with SRK in Dil Se, this is high and handsome praise indeed.
The two acted in a few more successful movies together, like Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Veer Zara and Kal Ho Na Ho. But Preity believes the Bollywood Badshah's performance in Chak De India is his finest so far. "He is mind blowing, too good to express in words, and I just love him," adds Preity.
It's rare for an actress to openly admit such feelings for a male co-star. And Preity unburdened these emotions on the man himself which SRK, in all his humility, accepted.
But then, Preity Zinta is known to be outspoken and honest, if not to wear her heart on her sleeve. Ness Wadia and Gauri Khan to please note.
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