‘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
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.