Salman is friend for life: Preity

Mumbai: In Bollywood where actors struggle at times to build friendly equations with colleagues, actress Preity Zinta insists that Salman Khan is her "friend for life" because he has always stood by her through thick and thin.

"It is unfair to praise a person only when he is doing well. I have seen Salman through all the phases of his life and my life. Even when I had the IPL cases, financial pressure, Salman was the only guy who stood by my side. It meant a lot to me," Preity said in an interview here.

Salman and Preity share a great camaraderie. The duo has worked in quite a few films together like `Hard Dil Jo Pyaar Karega`, `Chori Chori Chupke Chupke`, `Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha`, `Heroes` and `Jaan-E-Mann`.

"It was easy for people to speculate that we are part of a scam. At one point we had to pay Rs 100 crore in a week. He (Salman) was the only person who offered to be there and help me financially and whichever way possible," Preity said while appreciating the actor.

"Thank god I did it myself. The point is nobody else did. For me he is my friend for life. People who support you when you need the most, that is friendship and not when you are rocking," she said.

Both of them share a good chemistry on and off screen as well and Preity says it is because they are comfortable with each other.

"We are genuinely comfortable with each other. I have great chemistry with all my co-stars. If you don`t have any kind of affairs with anyone, your chemistry is fabulous as you are doing your job," she said.

In 2009, Preity made a special appearance for Salman in his and Kareena Kapoor starrer `Main Aur Mrs Khanna` and now it`s the `Dabangg` Khan`s turn to return the favour by doing a peppy Punjabi dance number in Preity`s upcoming film `Ishkq in Paris`, which also marks her debut as a producer and writer. .

Salman`s presence in the movie will make it more electrifying and is sure to rope in moolah for the movie. The song, titled `Kudiye di Kurti`, will see Salman dance with Preity at a wedding function in the movie.

Apart from doing this special song, Preity revealed that Salman gave her lessons in music.

Releasing on October 5, `Ishkq in Paris`, directed by Prem Raj, stars Preity in the lead opposite debutant Rhehan Malliek along with French actress Isabelle Adjani and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur.