Parineeti the Kill Dil girl



Neeru Saluja interviews Parineeti ‘Chirpy’ Chopra the Kill Dil girl…

If you think actress Parineeti Chopra is a bundle of energy on screen, she is no different off screen. You can feel the spark and the enthusiasm in her voice which makes you realise why she is called the ‘Chirpy Chopra’.

Though she never planned to become an actress, when it comes to acting, Parineeti is a natural. The bubbly actor was working towards a career in investment banking when recession hit UK. After attaining a triple honour degree from Manchester Business School, she came back to Mumbai and joined Yash Raj Films as a public relations consultant. A casual audition for a Yash Raj film bagged her a three-film deal with the company as an actress.

The Punjabi girl who stole the thunder from three actresses in her debut film ‘Ladies vs Ricky Bahl’ is here to stay. Relaxed and candid in her chat with us, Parineeti was as sweet to talk to as sweet she looks in her films.

In your latest film ‘Kill Dil’ we saw you in a new avatar. How do you feel your transition from Dimple to Disha?

I’m enjoying it without an iota of doubt! Disha is very different from what I have done previously. My roles have always been a base of reality. I’ve always been the small town girl whether it was Dimple of Ladies vs Ricky Behl or Meeta of Hasee toh Phasee. Disha is wealthy and she leads a posh and luxurious life. My body language, my styling is classy and glamourous. I’m enjoying this change!

Would you classify your journey in Bollywood also from being the small town girl to the city girl?

Though I was born and brought up in Ambala, I was never a small town girl. I travelled a lot with my grandparents. I always loved the city. I was really young when I moved to London to pursue my further studies. Not many know, but I actually had to come to Sydney to study. I’m still dying to come to Sydney!

Do you miss your life in London as an investment banker?

No not at all. I took this decision as I wanted to become an actor. I don’t miss it at all. I don’t miss my banking life.

You are one of the popular actresses who is not a star kid. Do you think your path to stardom would have been easier if you were?

If you are related to a star, getting your first break becomes easy. After that it’s upto the audience to make a decision. My first film was easier as I was already working with Yash Raj films.

Talking about Yash Raj films, that is how you first met actor Ranveer Singh and since then you have worked on three films together. How’s it working with him?

You are right! This is our third film experience. We have worked together behind the scenes with Band baaja baraat. Then my debut film Ladies vs Ricky Bahl happened where we were co-actors. In Kill Dil, my story unfolds and life changes when I meet him and fall in love with a man from the street. He’s a big actor now but hasn’t changed at all. He’s seen how I’ve grown up and it’s lovely.

You have been lucky to work with the new breed of talented young directors. Are there any other directors you would wish to work with?

Definitely! My list is long. I really want to work with Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, Imitiaz Ali, Raju Hirani. It will be a great experience working with all.

Last but not the least, Parineeti what would you term as your USP?

I think I’m quite balanced. I really haven’t changed much since I’ve become an actress. It’s important to maintain your sanity. I hope I always remain like that.

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