Bride and Prejudice : collected Rs.4.7 million in MumbaiBy Priyanka Khanna, IANS
10/18/2004 12:00:00 AM
"Arrey what birthday, yaar?" she said with mock-exasperation.
"I have turned 24. Isn't that a little old to get all excited about my birthday? Please, cake, balloon and all... that's for kids. Gosh, don't even remind me of my age! I can't believe I am this old," Priyanka told IANS.
"My last birthday party was when I was five. I still remember the cake, candles, singing, my parents making it the most special day of my childhood. In adulthood that excitement is gone."
Priyanka has her best friend from Delhi flying in to join the birthday party.
"Plus my two other non-filmy friends. That's it. Besides them there will only be my parents and my kid brother. That's my world, and that's whom I want to bring in my birthday with. I am a very private person. I like spending special days of my life with those who make my life special."
"Shooting was called off. But I might have shooting today. But no, I don't expect a late night tonight. Not with my family and friends. They are early birds.
"But yes, I do like surprise birthday parties. I don't expect one this time. And I do like lots of gifts on my birthday, who doesn't? But you know what's my greatest birthday gift? To have those who love me around me. I'd love to have my dear ones with me for my birthday.
"I am very shy of people I am not close to. Accepting birthday wishes from strangers becomes a bit of an ordeal. But I guess I have no choice."
She gets reflective about the year that's gone by.
"I remember my last birthday happened on the sets of Rohan Sippy's 'Bluffmaster'. Abhishek and Rohan got a cake, and I cut it. A lot has happened since then. I'd say my career has swung into the fast lane.
"In the past year 'Bluffmaster' and now 'Krrish' have become hits. Now I have my fingers crossed for 'Salaam-E-Ishq' and 'Aap Ki Khatir'. Both have shaped up really well. So yeah, my one birthday wish is to continue holding on to the place that I have made for myself.
"But if you give me only one birthday wish it'd have to be my dad's health. I want him to come back from his final surgery in the US next month fully healed and whole.
"It's strange, but while on the work front we had so much happiness, my family has gone through hell because of dad's illness. I want my 25th birthday to be totally stress-free. Is that possible?"