Ev­ery­body sud­denly feels that I’m not there: Pari­neeti

The ac­tor in­sists that her ca­reer hasn’t taken a back­seat; she has just been busy do­ing up her new house for some time now

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If you’re one of those who’ve been won­der­ing why you haven’t heard much about Pari­neeti Cho­pra’s (right) where­abouts, the ac­tor wants to tell you that she has been busy do­ing up her newly-pur­chased house. In this in­ter­view, the 26-year-old star talks about not hav­ing taken a sab­bat­i­cal and con­stant spec­u­la­tion that ac­tors face, among other things.

We haven’t seen much of you for quite some time now. Are you on a break?

That’s not true. I don’t know why peo­ple say that. I did back-to-back films, and I was con­stantly work­ing. Now, I’ve bought a house and I have been busy do­ing it up. I don’t know where the last five months have gone. Ev­ery­body sud­denly feels that I’m not there. Maybe I didn’t go to enough press events. But that doesn’t mean that my ca­reer has taken a back­seat. I think peo­ple are read­ing too much into it.

It is easy to get both­ered by things be­ing writ­ten about you on a daily ba­sis. How do you keep your­self away from it all?

You just have to go and med­i­tate in the hills (laughs). When we read things about our­selves, it sounds so blas­phe­mous that you feel, ‘Oh my God! Re­ally, did Pari­neeti do this?’ So, I can only imag- ine what peo­ple who don’t know me must think about me. We ac­tors work so hard to build our ca­reers. One false story or head­line can af­fect so many peo­ple.

In an es­sen­tially male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try such as Bol­ly­wood, have you faced gen­der in­equal­ity?

There’s the clichéd an­swer that girls are still be­ing paid lesser than boys. But that’s an age-old is­sue, and will be re­solved with time. Oth­er­wise, I’ve never been treated any less. I think we’re sur­rounded by peo­ple who are ed­u­cated, knowl­edge­able and skilled at their jobs.

When we read things about our­selves (in the pa­pers), it sounds so blas­phe­mous that you feel, ‘Re­ally, did Pari­neeti do this?’ Pari­neeti Cho­pra, ac­tor

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