Draw­ing from real life ex­pe­ri­ences: Pari­neeti

Says she al­ways wanted to be an in­vest­ment banker, and she’s fi­nally act­ing as one in her next

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Right from the be­gin­ning, Pari­neeti Cho­pra has made sure the in­dus­try and the au­di­ence look at her as a ver­sa­tile ac­tor, and she has con­tin­ued to do so by way of con­stant ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with her char­ac­ters and film choices. Now, we have learnt that Dibakar Banerjee is set to present the ac­tor — who has been seen in a num­ber of girl­next-door parts — in an “all­new avatar: a fierce, am­bi­tious girl from the cor­po­rate world”. The Gol­maal Again girl talks about work­ing with Dibakar, team­ing up again with Ar­jun Kapoor, and more.

Not many know that you are a grad­u­ate from the pres­ti­gious Manch­ester Busi­ness School (UK). Now that you’re play­ing a cor­po­rate girl for the first time in your ca­reer, are you draw­ing from your real life ex­pe­ri­ences?

It’s true that it has been a new ex­pe­ri­ence for me with re­gard to films, but [in real life], I was a banker be­fore I came [back] to In­dia. So, I am try­ing to use those [real life] ex­pe­ri­ences and in­cor­po­rate them into my char­ac­ter. At the same time, our [Dibakar Banerjee and her] en­deav­our is to present a com­pletely new avatar of mine, so it is very chal­leng­ing. Some parts of the film will see me giv­ing a re­strained per­for­mance, but in other parts, it will be ex­tremely dra­matic.

You have al­ways had a spe­cial con­nect with north In­dia when it comes to your films and char­ac­ters. Do those parts come eas­ily to you, since you also hail from that part of the coun­try?

In this film, the north In­dian as­pect isn’t re­ally un­der­lined in a big way. In my pre­vi­ous films, my char­ac­ters were mid­dle-class girls from cer­tain small towns (in north In­dia), and that’s why their man­ner­isms were also in ac­cor­dance to that. How­ever, this time around, it is com­pletely dif­fer­ent. Al­though the girl is from north In­dia and the film is also set in that part of the coun­try, the char­ac­ter is very dif­fer­ent, as she is like any other ur­ban metro girl.

You will team up with Ar­jun Kapoor for the first time since Ishaqza­ade (2012). Do you feel the two of you picked up from where you had left off?

A 100%, yes. It is an in­tense film and it re­quires a lot of con­cen­tra­tion, fo­cus and hard work from us. I think if I wasn’t work­ing with a friend like Ar­jun, I would have had been way more ner­vous. Ar­jun has been a friend for so many years now. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the kind of com­fort level and equal re­la­tion­ship I have had with him.

That must make life eas­ier for you, right?

Yes, it just makes the whole ex­pe­ri­ence eas­ier. I am glad that we are get­ting to work to­gether in this kind of sce­nario, be­cause it is so im­por­tant to have a sense of ease and com­fort when you are work­ing in such an in­tense film. That’s why I am glad that I am work­ing with my friend.

I think if I wasn’t work­ing with a friend like Ar­jun, I would have had been way more ner­vous. Ar­jun has been a friend for so many years now. PARI­NEETI CHO­PRA, AC­TOR

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