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Right from her debut film, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, Parineeti Chopra had audiences enthralled with her unrehearsed ease in front of the camera. Ishaqzaade and Shuddh Desi Romance further positioned her as an actress with a new age vibe and an old-world sensibility. This interesting contrast made her the it girl. But a career lull followed by a voluntary break kept her in the side-lines for a while.

 

Yet that phase brought in enriching moments of epiphany that changed her forever. She realised that her adventure with her art is incomplete without the joys of the heart. That there's a life beyond the arc lights, where you come to home to love, family, friends and lots of laughter. She's not only undergone a physical revamp but some soul rejuvenation as well. Happiness is now her only pursuit ñ be it professional or personal. With Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, Kesari and Jabariya Jodi coming up in 2019, she's set her sights on a smashing innings. Yes, she truly believes in herself.

 

You shot Ishaqzaade in Lucknow.Now you're back in the city shooting for Jabariya Jodi

 

The difference is that while shooting Ishaqzaade (2012), my debut Ladies VS Ricky Bahl (2011) was not released. I was a nobody at that time. After shooting Iíd visit Hazratganj market for shopping. I'd enjoy the chaat and kebabs. Nobody even looked at me. Today, I can't step out without security. I can't go shopping like before. But I'd call this a happy problem. Ishaqzaade brought me fame. Now, when I'm back here shooting for Jabariya Jodi, there are so many fans. The same city has changed so much for me.

 

What about the delicacies?

 

(Laughs) No, Iím on a diet. I want to look good in the film. While shooting Ishaqzaade, Arjun (Kapoor) and I'd eat a lot. But now we both have become weight conscious and disciplined. My brother, Shivang, has come here. I'm treating him to kebabs, nalli-nihari, biryani.

  

This is the first time you're playing a Bihari girl. What are the challenges?

 

The language is the most difficult thing. Bihari is a unique language. Few actresses like Swara (Bhaskar) speak it well. Just the way Punjabi comes to me naturally. But I'm trying to grasp the language. Fortunately, our director, Prashant Singh, belongs to the region. Ajayji, our coach, is helping us with the intonations. My character, Babli, is today's girl. She's open-hearted and confident but there's a certain vulnerability about her. She's not a dabangg character.

   

Parineeti Chopra

You're reuniting with Sidharth Malhotra after Hasee Toh Phasee (HTP) in Jabariya Jodi. How much has he changed?

 

HTP (2014) was Sid's second film. It was my fourth. We both were new. So, we were less affected by the industry. We used to work without pressure. Today, there's pressure. I've watched him grow as a person and as an actor. We're not kids anymore. We all have grown - Arjun (Kapoor), Varun (Dhawan), Alia (Bhatt), Shraddha (Kapoor), Sid and me. We've all evolved.

What means the most in life right now?

 

(Smiles) That's a secret. But yes, being happy is the most important thing in my life. Something, which I never gave thought to before. Earlier, I'd only think about work. I never concentrated on my life as such. I just went about shooting, travelling... But today I'm living life consciously. Like I must do these things today, I must achieve this today. I'm conscious about my personal life, which includes my love life, my family, my friends and my team and how I can keep these areas safe and good. Having a balanced life, is my priority. We can work like mad but post pack-up, one should enjoy a personal life full of friends, laughter and travel. Earlier, I used to work selfishly ñ in the sense I never cared about my people the way I do today. I had forgotten the importance of my own self. Not anymore.

  

When did the realisation come?

 

(Winks) I took a break in 2016 but I'm so relevant that people believe I took it recently. That's a good thing. I had taken a break for just eight months. I did up my home during that time. But yes, the break taught me a lot. I went through a big low in my personal and professional life simultaneously. Failure teaches you the most. I realised my self-worth. I understood that I didn't want to be depressed ever. I made up my mind that I wouldn't waste a single day in my life. This was my biggest lesson. I'm glad this realisation happened early in life. At the age of 26. Now, I'm going to live my entire life with this mind-set. I'm blessed that a big setback and the subsequent depression, helped me emerge a happier person. Nothing better has happened in life.


Parineeti Chopra


How did you handle the depression?

 

During that phase, I couldn't think positively. My brothers, Shivang and Sehej, my best friends and my soulmates, took great care of me and so did my friend Sanjana. They helped me realise my self-worth and regain confidence. Usually, it's difficult for people to step out of that phase. But I've emerged doubly confident, doubly happy.

Arjun Kapoor and you share a unique bond too.

 

Touchwood, kisi ki nazar na lage. We share an honest relationship. There's no filter between us. We can talk about anything to each other. Then we realise that ki arrey yeh kya bola. As co-stars, there's an ease of working We're also protective about each other. I've seen him at his most vulnerable during Ishaqzaade. Our friendship began from there. His mother (the late Mona Kapoor) was suffering from cancer then. I was going through my first release. A friendship formed during troubled times is genuine. He's part of my life. If I have a problem, I can even call him at 3 am. He will patiently hear me out. Sometimes, I'm like main abhi milne aa rahi hoon and he's always there for me. He understands my mood even before I come on set. True friendships are difficult to come by in the industry. To have such a friend is a blessing. Even our fans are surprised at our friendship. They often remark, Shaadi kar lo! We reply, We don't have dates (Laughs). We never say nice things to each other. We're only pulling each other's leg. Our fans love that.

 

Parineeti Chopra

Your friendship is beyond films. Right?

 

Hundred per cent! Arjun will always look out for me and I will always look out for him. I'm always going to have his back. He's part of my life. If anyone says anything about him, I'll fight for him, no matter what.


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Right from her debut film, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, Parineeti Chopra had audiences enthralled with her unrehearsed ease in front of the camera. Ishaqzaade and Shuddh Desi Romance further positioned her as an actress with a new age vibe and an old-world sensibility. This interesting contrast made her the it girl. But a career lull followed by a voluntary break kept her in the side-lines for a while.

 

Yet that phase brought in enriching moments of epiphany that changed her forever. She realised that her adventure with her art is incomplete without the joys of the heart. That there's a life beyond the arc lights, where you come to home to love, family, friends and lots of laughter. She's not only undergone a physical revamp but some soul rejuvenation as well. Happiness is now her only pursuit ñ be it professional or personal. With Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, Kesari and Jabariya Jodi coming up in 2019, she's set her sights on a smashing innings. Yes, she truly believes in herself.

 

You shot Ishaqzaade in Lucknow.Now you're back in the city shooting for Jabariya Jodi

 

The difference is that while shooting Ishaqzaade (2012), my debut Ladies VS Ricky Bahl (2011) was not released. I was a nobody at that time. After shooting Iíd visit Hazratganj market for shopping. I'd enjoy the chaat and kebabs. Nobody even looked at me. Today, I can't step out without security. I can't go shopping like before. But I'd call this a happy problem. Ishaqzaade brought me fame. Now, when I'm back here shooting for Jabariya Jodi, there are so many fans. The same city has changed so much for me.

 

What about the delicacies?

 

(Laughs) No, Iím on a diet. I want to look good in the film. While shooting Ishaqzaade, Arjun (Kapoor) and I'd eat a lot. But now we both have become weight conscious and disciplined. My brother, Shivang, has come here. I'm treating him to kebabs, nalli-nihari, biryani.

  

This is the first time you're playing a Bihari girl. What are the challenges?

 

The language is the most difficult thing. Bihari is a unique language. Few actresses like Swara (Bhaskar) speak it well. Just the way Punjabi comes to me naturally. But I'm trying to grasp the language. Fortunately, our director, Prashant Singh, belongs to the region. Ajayji, our coach, is helping us with the intonations. My character, Babli, is today's girl. She's open-hearted and confident but there's a certain vulnerability about her. She's not a dabangg character.

   

Parineeti Chopra

You're reuniting with Sidharth Malhotra after Hasee Toh Phasee (HTP) in Jabariya Jodi. How much has he changed?

 

HTP (2014) was Sid's second film. It was my fourth. We both were new. So, we were less affected by the industry. We used to work without pressure. Today, there's pressure. I've watched him grow as a person and as an actor. We're not kids anymore. We all have grown - Arjun (Kapoor), Varun (Dhawan), Alia (Bhatt), Shraddha (Kapoor), Sid and me. We've all evolved.

What means the most in life right now?

 

(Smiles) That's a secret. But yes, being happy is the most important thing in my life. Something, which I never gave thought to before. Earlier, I'd only think about work. I never concentrated on my life as such. I just went about shooting, travelling... But today I'm living life consciously. Like I must do these things today, I must achieve this today. I'm conscious about my personal life, which includes my love life, my family, my friends and my team and how I can keep these areas safe and good. Having a balanced life, is my priority. We can work like mad but post pack-up, one should enjoy a personal life full of friends, laughter and travel. Earlier, I used to work selfishly ñ in the sense I never cared about my people the way I do today. I had forgotten the importance of my own self. Not anymore.

  

When did the realisation come?

 

(Winks) I took a break in 2016 but I'm so relevant that people believe I took it recently. That's a good thing. I had taken a break for just eight months. I did up my home during that time. But yes, the break taught me a lot. I went through a big low in my personal and professional life simultaneously. Failure teaches you the most. I realised my self-worth. I understood that I didn't want to be depressed ever. I made up my mind that I wouldn't waste a single day in my life. This was my biggest lesson. I'm glad this realisation happened early in life. At the age of 26. Now, I'm going to live my entire life with this mind-set. I'm blessed that a big setback and the subsequent depression, helped me emerge a happier person. Nothing better has happened in life.


Parineeti Chopra


How did you handle the depression?

 

During that phase, I couldn't think positively. My brothers, Shivang and Sehej, my best friends and my soulmates, took great care of me and so did my friend Sanjana. They helped me realise my self-worth and regain confidence. Usually, it's difficult for people to step out of that phase. But I've emerged doubly confident, doubly happy.

Arjun Kapoor and you share a unique bond too.

 

Touchwood, kisi ki nazar na lage. We share an honest relationship. There's no filter between us. We can talk about anything to each other. Then we realise that ki arrey yeh kya bola. As co-stars, there's an ease of working We're also protective about each other. I've seen him at his most vulnerable during Ishaqzaade. Our friendship began from there. His mother (the late Mona Kapoor) was suffering from cancer then. I was going through my first release. A friendship formed during troubled times is genuine. He's part of my life. If I have a problem, I can even call him at 3 am. He will patiently hear me out. Sometimes, I'm like main abhi milne aa rahi hoon and he's always there for me. He understands my mood even before I come on set. True friendships are difficult to come by in the industry. To have such a friend is a blessing. Even our fans are surprised at our friendship. They often remark, Shaadi kar lo! We reply, We don't have dates (Laughs). We never say nice things to each other. We're only pulling each other's leg. Our fans love that.

 

Parineeti Chopra

Your friendship is beyond films. Right?

 

Hundred per cent! Arjun will always look out for me and I will always look out for him. I'm always going to have his back. He's part of my life. If anyone says anything about him, I'll fight for him, no matter what.

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