Now Preity sneaks into Punjab
Wednesday, December 26, 2007 12:01 IST
By Subhash K Jha, Santa Banta News Network
/>In 2007 Punjab seemed to be the new hot spot for Bollywood shootings. The Deols shot a major portion of their family saga Apne in the prosperous state.

So did Kareena and Shahid Kapoor for Jab We Met. And lately Preity Zinta was with Salman Khan in Punjab to shoot for Samir Karnik's Heroes.

Now on Thursday Preity was back in Punjab for a second shoot in 2007, under elaborate security bandobast.

After a grueling month-long schedule of their first Punjabi film Heaven On Earth director Deepa Mehta and actor Preity Zinta quietly landed in India on Wednesday night for a 2-day shooting of the film in Chandigarh... under tight security provisions since the crowds of fans in Punjab are known to get hyper-excited at the sight of their favourite stars.

A fortnight ago when Ranbir Kapoor landed in Amritsar to shoot for Siddharth Anand's untitled film, crowds of thousands descended on location near the Golden Temple,broke all the elaborate security bandobast and got as close to Ranbir as they could.

Speaking from the outskirts of Chandigarh where she was shooting on Friday and Saturday Deepa said, "I don't know whether we're coming or going.

Since we only have Preity's dates until 24 th, we went straight from location in Toronto to the airport to rush to India.....We're aware of the security risks.

The adminstration has been very co-operative. We're well protected. And Preity has her own bodyguards. So far it's been smooth sailing."

Heaven On Earth, the true-life story of a battered wife in Toronto, has been Preity's toughest role to date.

Says Deepa, "By far Preity is the best actor I've ever worked with. And I say this after working with the likes of Jessica Tandy, Shabana Azmi and Aamir Khan."
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