Shahrukh Khan and Preeti Zinta.
Shahrukh Khan in his illustrious career had mainly acted in films opposite Kajol, including blockbusters like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Baazigar, etc. But whenever he had acted with Preeti Zinta, he had created a lasting impression.
In Dil Se, Mani Ratnam, did an experiment with Shahrukh Khan by asking him to address terrorism in the North-eastern states of India. Manisha Koirala played the leading role acting as a terrorist who was ill-treated by the military officials of the north-east. While he met her during her journey and created a relationship with her, his parents arranged a girl for his marriage.
Preeti Zinta was the girl who had been chosen by the family members of Shahrukh Khan in the film. He met her and both had conversation to familiarise each other. At the end of the film Shahrukh Khan sacrificed his life to die in a suicide-bombing operation where she died with Manisha Koirala to prevent her from killing innocent people.
The most successful film involving Shahrukh Khan and Preeti Zinta was Veer Zara under YashRaj Banner. The film involved a lovestory between an Indian and a Pakistani. Shahrukh played the role of an Airforce Official who saved Preeti when she was drowning in water and brought her to his village where his parents Big B and Hema Malini treated her like their children.
In the meantime Monoj Vajpai was supposed to marry Preeti and in revenge he compelled Shahrukh to accept the allegation of being involved in terrorist activites against Pakistan and he languished in jail. Rani Mukherjee later reopened the case, fought it against Anupam Kher, the opposite Counsel, and released Shahrukh. Preeti also devoted her life in a village school where Shahrukh’s parents wanted her to make contribution.
At one time both Shahrukh and Preeti were successful pairs, whoare competitors now, sponsoring cricket teams like Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings Eleven Punjab, in ICL Matches. The viewers expect them to do well in their new role just like they had acted successfully in films together.
By: CR Chatterji.