Alia’s do­ing the kind of films I did: Pari­neeti

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Ac­tors Alia Bhatt and Pari­neeti Chopra have al­ways been pitted as ri­vals. Although Alia has been praised for her per­for­mances in Udta Pun­jab and High­way (2014), Pari­neeti feels her own fil­mog­ra­phy is no less glossy.

“She did those films, but I did them right at the start of my ca­reer. I did Ishaqza­ade (2012) and won the Na­tional Award for that. The kind of films she started with... things like Stu­dent of the Year (2012) or Kapoor and Sons, are the kind of films I’m do­ing now,” says Pari­neeti, in­sist­ing it’s just a dif­fer­ent graph. “Alia started with a glam­orous film, I started with a non-glam one,” adds Pari­neeti, who will next be seen in a ro­man­tic film along­side ac­tor Ayush­mann Khur­rana.

Com­pare her all you want with her con­tem­po­raries — be it Alia, Deepika Padukone or cousin Priyanka Chopra — and Pari­neeti won’t mind it. In fact, the 27-year-old says it pushes her to per­form bet­ter. “This (other ac­tors de­liv­er­ing hit films) keeps me on my toes. It makes me work harder and do as well as them. There is no neg­a­tiv­ity,” she says.

Pari­neeti is not one to stay away from friend­ships in Bol­ly­wood. She cher­ishes her equa­tion with Alia and ac­tor Shrad­dha Kapoor, and says they are friends first, col­leagues later. “I knew Alia be­fore her first film re­leased, and Shrad­dha even be­fore she started act­ing. Our friend­ship really helps. It only means more en­cour­age­ment for each other. And even if there is com­pe­ti­tion, it is healthy,” says the ac­tor.

I did those films (like Alia Bhatt’s High­way and Udta Pun­jab) right at the start of my ca­reer. I did Ishaqza­ade (2012) and won the Na­tional Award for that PARI­NEETI CHOPRA, AC­TOR

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