India Today - - INSIDE - —Suhani Singh

It has been two-and-a-half years since Parineeti Cho­pra had a size­able role in a Hindi film. Though the 28-year-old ac­tress be­lieves that “out of sight is out of mind” in Bol­ly­wood, es­pe­cially for an ac­tress, she wasn’t too per­turbed with her ab­sence. Cho­pra took a 10-month break in 2015 to ad­dress health is­sues, get fit and fin­ish her house. She got back to work last year, the first results of which will be seen in the ro­man­tic com­edy Meri Pyaari Bindu, re­leas­ing May 12.

“I over­worked my­self,” says Cho­pra about the three re­leases she had in 2014. “By the end of it I had started do­ing work with­out any thought. When Kill Dil and Daawat-e-Ishq didn’t do well, I took a break.”

In her first three years in the busi­ness, Cho­pra won praise for her de­but, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, and then Ishaqza­ade. Soon, though, naysay­ers be­gan crit­i­cis­ing her ap­pear­ance, rather than prais­ing her tal­ent. But Cho­pra doesn’t seem bit­ter. “When I get a bad re­view for an out­fit or my weight or how my make-up is done, I’m like ‘Yeah, ex­actly’,” she says. “I’m very ob­jec­tive. I know when I’m look­ing good or when I’m giv­ing a good per­for­mance. I have no il­lu­sions about my­self. Even my hu­mour is self-dep­re­ca­tory. I’m al­ways analysing my­self. If my nails aren’t grow­ing prop­erly, I will make fun of them for three days.” It’s this pos­i­tiv­ity and hon­esty that trans­late on to the screen and de­liver results.

In her up­com­ing re­lease, Meri Pyaari Bindu, Cho­pra doesn’t just act—she sings too. It comes nat­u­rally, she says, and as a mat­ter of fact, she also has a BA (Hons) in Mu­sic. She claims to have been able to sing “ABCD” by the age of nine months, and says her first stage show was when she was three. “I feel very com­fort­able on stage. It is home ground,” she says. “Right now if you tell me to sing a song, I will be most happy to do so.”

“If my nails aren’t grow­ing prop­erly, I will make fun of them for three days”

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