Preity Zinta
Preity ZintaReuters

Actress and businesswoman Preity Zinta, who is currently on a legal conflict with her ex-boyfriend and business partner Ness Wadia, is set to make her comeback with Neeraj Pathak's "Bhaiyyaji." Zinta will be seen playing the role of a ferocious bandit. The film will also star Sunny Deol as a gangster hailing from Uttar Pradesh.

"Preity plays a Uttar Pradeshwali. She plays a gangster's daughter. She's no-nonsense UP gangster and Sunny Deol's wife," said Pathak, who is in all praise for the "Veer-Zaara" actress and the confidence she carries in the character, to NDTV.

Apparently Zinta's makeover into a foul-mouthed rural bandit was so amazing that Deol wishes to cast her in the remake of "Sohni Mahiwal" as Sohni's Punjabi mother. The film will reportedly feature Deol's son in the lead.

"Preity's interpretation of the firebrand wife's character is bang-on. She will not be seen as only for urbane sophisticated roles after 'Bhaiyyaji.' We've 12 days' shooting left. We will complete the shooting post-monsoon," said the director.

The movie is produced by Daily Multimedia Ltd. Apart from Deol and Zinta, the movie will also feature Arshad Warsi, Ameesha Patel, Prakash Raj, Mithun Chakraborty and Shreyas Talpade. "Bhaiyyaji" will be released in both 2D and 3D versions.

Earlier, Zinta has worked with Deol in their superhit film, "The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy" and with his brother Bobby in blockbuster movie "Soldier."

The "Kal Ho Na Ho" actress was last seen in "Ishkq in Paris," which was produced by herself. The movie, despite shot in exotic locations did not get good response at the box office.

Zinta will also be seen in Krishna DK's "Happy Ending" also featuring Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D'Cruz, Govinda, Kalki Koechlin and Ravir Shorey. She will also be a part of "Hello India" directed by Shabnam Kapoor and Amit Kapoor.

Weeks back Zinta filed an FIR against Wadia, co-owner of King's XI Punjab, who reportedly abused and threatened the actress in public during an IPL match held at Wankhede stadium on 30 May between Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. The case is under investigation by the Mumbai police.