Parineeti Chopra is a strong-willed, successful and contemporary working woman; who as an actress has been commented upon and received flak for her weight, looks, dressing sense, work, expectations, amongst others. But, she has been through all this as a pro and came back time and again as the talent powerhouse that she is. She is this ‘perfect Punjabi Kudi’ who has managed to look like a million bucks and still give feels of this effervescent girl next door who you would definitely want to be friends with.
HER WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY
Parineeti began her journey in the film industry as a so-called ‘bubbly’ actress with a comparatively wider waistline. She was heavily trolled for the same. Apart, from the society, the actress herself seemed to notice it, and also suffered from health issues due to it and its stress. The determined actress had always achieved her desires at her own terms, and fitness was her next goal. She trained hard to get into shape and then return to the industry as a diva.
THE LAUDABLE LAUNCHPAD
Parineeti initially did not start out as an actress, nor did she want to be one. She loved movies but was more of a studious kind. As an extension to that, she graduated from Convent of Jesus and Mary from Delhi and then studied in London. Rest as they say is history. She returned to India and joined the marketing team at YashRaj films. Acting interested her all this while and maybe it ran in her blood too (she is a cousin of Priyanka Chopra). She quit her job post ‘Band Bajaa Baraat’ to join acting classes. Immediately, she was chosen by Manish Arora for her debut role in ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’. Parineeti then went on to sign a three-film deal with the Yash Raj Films. Without any mentor or formal training of the skill, she went on to achieve one milestone after the other.
THE DREAM RUN
Parineeti Chopra had a fresh girl next door face and a vivacious vibe. They seemed perfect for the new genres of evolving cinema. It led her to be chosen for and to deliver powerful performances back-to-back in ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ (won all the female debut awards that year), ‘Ishaqzadde’ (won her a National Awards-special mention) and then ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ with Sushant Singh Rajput. In a matter of two years, she had achieved what actors generally take several years to do.
Parineeti’s first role outside the Yash Raj Films banner was ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’, where her acting skills were again appreciated. She then suffered from a string of box-office; Parineeti took a sabbatical of a year to introspect on her work, talent and looks.
The actors too at the end of the day are human with humanely issues. At the end of 2014 and the year 2015; after two major film debacles and weight-related extensive trolling, Parineeti went into depression. She cried, lost contacts, lost work and confined herself into her house. She was born with mental agony. But, like a phoenix, she collected herself and rose back again with a newer look and a newer synergy to take on life once again.
THE MUSIC MANIAC
Parineeti is a hard-core music buff. In her own words, she is always listening to music. She loves to listen to all music genres, national as well as international. Few people know that Parineeti herself is also a trained Hindustani classical singer with a B.A. Honours in music. In films, she made her playback singing debut with two versions of the song “Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin” in Meri Pyari Bindu. The song was well received and appreciated. You could listen to it here:
She also sang the beautiful female version of “Teri Mitti” in ‘Kesari’:
Parineeti Chopra has time and again shown that success and fame have not affected her psychology. Rather, she is still the same soft middle-class Indian girl with a golden heart. She walked the ramp at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week to support the Shabana Azmi’s Mijwan Welfare Society, an NGO dedicated to empowering girls. She also appeared on NDTV’s Greenathon, an initiative to support eco-friendliness and investigate poor electricity supplies in rural villages, to lend her support.
THE BRIGHT FUTURE
The coming time belongs to this actress. Her movie ‘Jabariya Jodi’ with Siddharth Malhotra seems very promising. The song “Thekeyan te” is already a chartbuster. She has also completed Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ alongside Arjun Kapoor. She shall also be appearing in the war drama film ‘Bhuj: The Pride of India’, slated to release on August 2020. A biographical film Saina, based on the life of Saina Nehwal and an official Hindi remake of the British film The Girl on the Train, is also in the pipeline. The stage is all set for this gem of an actor to shine further. Go own it girl.