‘I’M DRAW­ING FROM RE­AL­LIFE EX­PE­RI­ENCES’

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

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Right from the start, Parineeti Cho­pra en­sured that what came to the fore was her ver­sa­til­ity as an ac­tor. Be it play­ing the girl-next-door in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011) or a nerd in Hasee Toh Phasee (2014), she has never shied away from ex­per­i­ment­ing with her looks and char­ac­ters. Now, we have learnt that Dibakar Ban­er­jee is set to present the ac­tor in an “all­new avatar: a fierce, am­bi­tious Delhi girl from the cor­po­rate world” in San­deep Aur Pinky Faraar. We got our hands on her first look as a cor­po­rate, and also got her to talk about work­ing with Dibakar, 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 and her] en­deav­our is to present a com­pletely new avatar of mine, so it is chal­leng­ing. Some parts of the film will see me giv­ing a re­strained per­for­mance, but in other parts, it will be very 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

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

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 are work­ing with Ar­jun Kapoor again 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. If I wasn’t work­ing with a friend like Ar­jun, I would’ve 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. Has that made life eas­ier for you? Yes, it makes the whole ex­pe­ri­ence eas­ier. I’m glad that we are get­ting to work to­gether in this kind of sce­nario, as it is so im­por­tant to have a sense of ease and com­fort when you are work­ing in an in­tense film. I’m glad that I am work­ing with my friend.

You are work­ing with Dibakar Ban­er­jee for the first time. How has the ex­pe­ri­ence been till now?

Ar­jun and I used to have an in­side joke be­tween us that one day; we would sign a Dibakar Ban­er­jee film! In fact, we used to talk about that a lot dur­ing the shoot of Ishaqza­ade (2012). But never did we dream that des­tiny would play out in such an un­be­liev­able man­ner that the next film we sign to­gether would be a Dibakar Ban­er­jee film.

Right now, Dibakar is one of the most tal­ented di­rec­tors around…

It goes with­out say­ing that Dibakar is in­sanely good and tal­ented. He is very bright and also a won­der­ful hu­man be­ing. He is very clear about the char­ac­ters in his film. So, it has been a blast shoot­ing with him. Also, I guess des­tiny al­ways has its plans and though it feels weird, I al­ways feel that it was a great mo­ment of serendip­ity when the of­fer came. We (Ar­jun and her) are very happy.

Dibakar has a track record of pre­sent­ing his hero­ines in a unique man­ner…

Yes, I am ex­cited that my char­ac­ter is the hero­ine of a Dibakar’s film. She has her quirks; will stand out for her qual­i­ties and in­ten­tions (smiles). I have never played such a char­ac­ter and I’m ex­tremely ex­cited that Dibakar is pre­sent­ing me in an avatar that no one has ever seen me in be­fore.

Is it true that your char­ac­ter is of an ex­tremely am­bi­tious girl?

Yes, I’m play­ing a fiercely am­bi­tious girl from the cor­po­rate world. She is the per­fect ex­am­ple of how you would de­scribe a girl who has a sin­gle point fo­cus on her ca­reer. She is based in Delhi and is ex­tremely clear of what she wants from life.

PHOTO: RUCHIT RAJGURU

Parineeti Cho­pra

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