Preeti Desai has largely made headlines due to her alleged affair with Abhay Deol. Now, the Shor In The City girl is ready to make news for her own merits. It is said that Preeti had impressed the makers of the film so much that she beat more than 50 models who had auditioned for the role of Sharmila in the edgy thriller. “We had auditioned many girls through talent agencies but couldn’t find one that fit the part. Then, one evening, she walked in for the audition and we immediately knew it was her,” says Krishna DK of the director duo, Raj and DK. Ask Krishna if her alleged relationship with Abhay had influenced the final casting and he shoots back, “I don’t know if they were having an affair that time.”
For DK, Preeti’s win at Miss Great Britain pageant in 2006 was a “big achievement for Indians.” According to him, it was her happy-go-lucky personality, carefree nature and great looks that impressed them. “We knew Preeti had the attitude to carry it off. The question was how well could she act.”
Preeti’s route to Bollywood was made a little easy since the makers wanted to cast a model instead of an established actor. “Since Sharmila is a model in the film with a lot of spunk, Preeti was the perfect choice,” says DK. Ever since Shor In The City started doing the promotion rounds, news is that Preeti wanted makers to chop off intimate scenes with co-star Sendhil Ramamurthy. “Certain scenes made her think again because it’s a Bollywood film. But there is nothing overtly sexual. During the editing, she was only curious about how it had turned out. That’s it,” DK says.