'WILL TAKE ME A WHILE TO PLAY LIKE CHAMP SAINA'

Ac­tor Pari­neeti Cho­pra says she was wait­ing for a sports biopic

HT City - - FRONT PAGE - Pooja Sharma ■ [email protected]

It’s go­ing take me a while to play like the No. 1 cham­pion. I want to make sure that I play ev­ery part of it per­fectly.

PARI­NEETI CHO­PRA AC­TOR

Ac­tor Pari­neeti Cho­pra has two big films com­ing up. One is a Bol­ly­wood re­make of Hol­ly­wood film The Girl on the Train (2016) and the other is a biopic on ace shut­tler Saina Ne­hwal. Though Pari­neeti has started work on The Girl..., she has de­cided to take some time to prep for the sports biopic.

Talk­ing about her first at­tempt at por­tray­ing a sportsper­son on-screen, the 30-year-old says, “I have ac­tu­ally never played a sport be­fore, which is why this (char­ac­ter) was re­ally ex­cit­ing for me to pick up. I was look­ing for a sports biopic and an ac­tion film be­cause it’s a com­pletely dif­fer­ent as­pect of my per­son­al­ity that I haven’t shown yet, in any film. So, I was re­ally ex­cited when the film was of­fered to me; I grabbed it with both hands!”

She, how­ever, adds that it will take her time to master the game of bad­minton. “It’s go­ing take me a while to play like the No. 1 cham­pion. I want to make sure that I play ev­ery part of it per­fectly. So, I re­quested the pro­duc­ers to give me time to get ready be­fore I shoot for the film. And they have gra­ciously done so... I would want to train enough. That’s the only rea­son (to ask for time),” says the ac­tor, who was last seen in Jabariya Jodi.

Ask her what’s more drain­ing, the phys­i­cal train­ing or in­ter­nal­is­ing a char­ac­ter’s traits, and she ex­plains, “I can’t pin­point be­cause it dif­fers with ev­ery role and what­ever is the re­quire­ment of each char­ac­ter. Some roles come with the need for phys­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion and some oth­er­wise, so it re­ally de­pends on each part that you take up. It is a dif­fer­ent process for ev­ery project.”

PHOTO: JASJEET PLAHA/HT

Pari­neeti Cho­pra is prep­ping for the Saina Ne­hwal biopic

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