Says Pari­neeti Cho­pra about the suc­cess of her last film; adds she went through an ‘emo­tion­ally low phase’ some time ago

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About a year back, you went through an ‘emo­tion­ally low phase’. What had hap­pened?

That’s some­thing very per­sonal. So, I don’t want to talk about it. But yes, it’s true that I went through a re­ally low phase. [Dur­ing that time], I had beau­ti­ful peo­ple like my brother (Sa­haj) and my friend San­jana around me, be­sides a few new friends. They were all there for me at that time. So, I got out of that sit­u­a­tion with fly­ing colours. Now, I feel amaz­ing and it’s noth­ing like that I have felt be­fore. I feel re­ally happy, free and like my­self again.

Many even feel that it was ‘de­pres­sion’…

I don’t want to com­ment on it. When­ever I am ready to talk [in de­tails] about that phase, I will talk about it for sure.

She wasn’t seen on big screen for over two years af­ter Kill Dill (2014). Ear­lier this year, Pari­neeti Cho­pra — af­ter los­ing oo­dles of weight — re­turned to films with Meri Pyaari Bindu, which didn’t do very well at the box of­fice. But now as the ac­tor rides high on the suc­cess of Gol­maal Again, we chat with her about ca­reer, her ‘emo­tion­ally low phase’, sis­ter Priyanka Cho­pra and more.

Even if a few peo­ple like my films, it’s also suc­cess for me. PARI­NEETI CHO­PRA, AC­TOR

Your last film, Meri Pyaari Bindu didn’t do very well. Be­fore that you didn’t have a film re­lease for a long time. So, has this suc­cess be­come sweeter?

No, it has noth­ing to do with any such rea­son. With every film, we have cer­tain ex­pec­ta­tions of what it should do vis-àvis au­di­ences. Meri Pyaari Bindu (MPB) has got a great re­sponse on TV. Who­ever I have met has told me that they loved it and that’s very im­por­tant for me. Even if a few peo­ple like my films, it’s also suc­cess for me. MPB might not have made the money, but for me it’s okay.

Hon­estly, how im­por­tant is Gol­maal Again’s suc­cess for you?

I feel this one film has kind of made up for ev­ery­thing [that hap­pened] in the last one-two years be­cause the suc­cess is hu­mon­gous and mon­strous; and not small at all. The film hasn’t just made ₹100 crore but it is break­ing records and mak­ing his­tory every day.

In that sense, what were your per­sonal ex­pec­ta­tions from it?

With Gol­maal Again, the ex­pec­ta­tions were high since it (the fran­chise) reaches out to a much larger au­di­ence. So of course, that has trans­lated into [big] num­bers and we are very happy about it. What’s ex­cit­ing is that it has achieved un­ex­pect­edly in­sane num­bers. For me, the true suc­cess of Gol­maal Again is the fact that it has be­come a big­ger suc­cess than any of us had ever thought it will.

In an in­ter­view, you said that you are proud of be­ing Priyanka Cho­pra’s sis­ter but you feel glad to have your own iden­tity…

What I meant was that when my first film re­leased, I was ob­vi­ously only known as Priyanka Cho­pra’s cousin. At that time, no­body knew me or about my tal­ent till Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl re­leased (2011). There wasn’t any [other] iden­tity at that time. But that quickly changed af­ter Ricky Bahl, Ishaqza­ade (2012) and Hasee Toh Phasee (2014). Then, it was more about ‘Pari­neeti and Priyanka are cousins’. Then, we both had our own iden­ti­ties. But even then, it’s not as if I am like, ‘wow, what have I achieved?’

You have al­ways shared a warm re­la­tion­ship with Priyanka…

Ab­so­lutely! I know that hav­ing your own iden­tity in the in­dus­try is very im­por­tant but that does not take away from the fact that Priyanka Cho­pra is my sis­ter, she is my love, and gives all of us so much af­fec­tion and treats me like a lit­tle baby (smiles). That will never go away. Also, she is very in­spir­ing as a pro­fes­sional.


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