...says Pari­neeti, who is shoot­ing with Ak­shay Ku­mar for the first time

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Ac­tor Pari­neeti Cho­pra has so far worked with the younger crop of ac­tors, such as Ranveer Singh, Ar­jun Kapoor, Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra, Sushant Singh Ra­jput, Ayush­mann Khur­rana and Aditya Roy Ka­pur.

There­fore, be­ing paired with ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar, 51, in her up­com­ing film, Ke­sari, is a dream come true. Al­though she has shot with ac­tor Ajay Devgn in Gol­maal Again (2017), she was part of the en­sem­ble cast and her on­screen re­la­tion­ship with Ajay was not a ro­man­tic one.

So, this 30-year-old ac­tor is ev­i­dently ex­cited about shoot­ing the pe­riod war drama with Ak­shay, be­ing di­rected by Anurag Singh.

When asked how dif­fer­ent it is to be on the set with him as com­pared to her ear­lier costars who were her age, she says, “Ak­shay sir is as ex­cited as any other ac­tor on the set. He is happy to be there and he make that ex­tra ef­fort to make ev­ery­one around him com­fort­able. I can ex­pect it from the newer boys, but he is a vet­eran and doesn’t re­ally need to go out of his way to make ac­tresses or crew com­fort­able and happy, yet he does. So, within the first few days you re­alise he is a beau­ti­ful per­son.”

She has shot for a few days for the film, but most of the shoot is sched­uled for later this year. “My big­gest chunk of the shoot is go­ing to be in De­cem­ber, that’s when I will know how it feels when I have to ro­mance him,” she says.

The ac­tor adds that, even in the past, when­ever she has worked with se­nior ac­tors, such as Ajay, or Govinda in Kill Dill (2014), she has only had a great ex­pe­ri­ence. “I’ve just been blessed that the kind of se­nior ac­tors I’ve worked with are the kinds who re­ally en­joy them­selves on set, and they don’t take their star­dom that se­ri­ously, whether it’s Ajay sir or Ak­shay sir or oth­ers,” says Pari­neeti, who was last seen in Na­maste Eng­land with her Ishaqza­ade (2012) co-star Ar­jun Kapoor. An­other ac­tor she is pair­ing up with is her Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) co-star, Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra for the up­com­ing Jabariya Jodi. So, one tends to ask her if equa­tion or the on­screen ca­ma­raderie changes over time? “One hun­dred per cent, it does! And I feel it’s only nat­u­ral for equa­tions to change be­cause by the time I do an­other film with an ac­tor, they are a big­ger star... I mean, you meet an ac­tor to­day, and you meet them 10 films later, you will def­i­nitely see a change. As a co-star, we see it even more. Also, they might change as peo­ple, too, be­cause of all the at­ten­tion and love they get,” says Pari­neeti, who will work with Ar­jun for the third time in the up­com­ing, San­deep Aur Pinky Faraar.

And she says that her equa­tion with Ar­jun has re­mained un­changed over all these years. “Our bond has just got­ten deeper. This friend­ship is just un­be­liev­ably hon­est and clean with no agenda. His star­dom or my po­si­tion does not come into play when we are talk­ing to each other, which is too real to be­lieve,” she says hap­pily. “I do be­lieve that with [some] ac­tors it changes over time and that’s why, I ap­pre­ci­ate and re­spect this re­la­tion­ship with Ar­jun even more.”


Pari­neeti is ex­cited to be work­ing with Ak­shay Ku­mar (in­set)

Pari­neeti is pair­ing up with ac­tor Ar­jun Kapoor (left) and Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra in up­com­ing films

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