I didn’t come as a glam-doll in my first film…

‘Parineeti Chopra’ in conversation with ‘DivyaSolgama’

DivyaSolgama – Very first, just take us for a quick glance through your character in Namaste England
Parineeti Chopra – My character’s name is Jasmeet who is married to Param played by Arjun Kapoor. However, after meeting, falling in love, and getting married, they get separated only to reunite in the climax. My character,Jasmeet, is an ambitious and driven girl, who flies away to London, where a love-struck Paramis ready to go after her “legally or illegally”.

DivyaSolgama – The first trailer of Namaste England made people a bit confused, but after the release of its second trailer along with songs, a whole new level of excitement was visible among viewers. So was there any nervousness after witnessing the audience reaction when the first-promo got released?
Parineeti Chopra – Yes, it was a surprise because we know the film well than others. And so, when we are watching the first trailer, then there’s always a little more than what it is saying. As a result, we realized that the audience wanted a little more about the story and thought to release the second-trailer that reveals a lot more twists-and-turns and required drama in the film. I am happy that it’s been done in that way, and like wise songs like ‘Proper Patola’, ‘Bhare Bazaar’, and ‘TereLiye’ have become hits. I am happy that there’s a three hit song in the album, because we thought hardly one or two will become hit. So, I think we are on a right path with respect to our three hit songs and a good trailer. However, along with these three, “TuMeri Main Tera”sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is also one of the truly strongest songs in the film.

DivyaSolgama – You are reuniting with Arjun Kapoor in ‘Namaste England’ after about 6-years, and also again in ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’. So what change you saw in him post ‘Ishaqzaade’ (2012)?
Parineeti Chopra – Yes, there’s a change post ‘Ishaqzaade’ (2012) but it never affected me because our friendship is something beyond that. I really understood the person that he always was, but sometimes people used to misunderstand him because he come across with a very dead-pan face. However, in real-life he is not that kind of person. He needs a trigger from someone to get energy, and usually it’s me who acts as a trigger. But people don’t make that effort to understand you and often judge from your outer expression. And the change now I have seen in him is that the effort he applies so that people understand him a little better. He is putting up that effort in front of media, his fans, and even to his friends and family, in such a way that what he is feeling inside is there on the outside as well. And so, where I had a professional change post ‘Ishaqzaade’, he in fact had a personal change. I am so glad and happy for Arjun that people now hopefully will not misunderstand him hereafter.

DivyaSolgama – Your character talks about women empowerment in Namaste England, so do you feel that marriage in India is somewhat a hindrance for any women to achieve their dreams?
Parineeti Chopra – I don’t think its marriage, but instead it’s our patriarchal society, because subdue of these dreams start from childhood. Thankfully I have very cool parents even though myself coming from a small-town, where I have as well travelled abroad a lot. My parents didn’t try to subdue my dreams, such as like you are 18-year-old now and it’s time to settle down with marriage and kids. They gave me freedom and hence people know that I was into banking and now acts and sings as well in films. I believe that 9 out of 10 women are suffering from this patriarchal society, and so not able to achieve their dreams, because they are being taught from their childhood that you are born for getting marriage and growing-up kids. Our patriarchal society only wants to invest their money on boys. I still remember that my father took huge loan for my abroad studies, and people were surprised with that decision and wondered why my parents are spending lakhs of rupees on my education and not on my brother’s. I don’t understand why there is a gender-specific in our society, because girls are alsoa lot more hard-working than boys. I hope such things change in our society, and by the time I have my children or grandchildren, we laugh at the fact that such things existed in our older days.

DivyaSolgama – Looking at your filmography, in which some were box-office hits and some were not. So, do you think that an actor is constantly being judged on the basis of his/her next film? If yes, then how does it hamper?
Parineeti Chopra – I think images are bit hard sometime to break in the industry, but I believe that the way my career got shaped is correct for me. I didn’t come as a glam-doll in my first film ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’, and instead came as an actor who is serious about acting and wanted to prove myself. However, I never wanted to be a niche actor, and instead wanted to become a commercial star heroine. And so, now I wanted to make those commercial choices. So hopefully, people will now not say thatParineeti performed badly after watching commercial films like Golmaal Again and Namaste England. I want to set the level of my performance in a way that it can never be questioned. I want to be in that position where actors like Rani Mukerji, Kajol, Anushka Sharma or Deepika Padukone are never being questioned. There are number of girls who made their debut as a proper female-lead heroine, but takes years to prove their acting ability. They are never taken as seriously and only being considered as pretty face. I don’t want to be in that position, because I am not that kind of person. So eventually, I am very glad with respect to how my career has been shaped up by now. And so in future, I want to do mix-genre kind of films. For instance, I would like to do masala-oriented films and as well as concept-based films. Hence, I hope the media and audience sees my variety that I am trying to portray now in films.

DivyaSolgama – Speaking about England, what is your favourite memories over there or favourite city that you would like to share?
Parineeti Chopra – I actually studied in Manchester and then moved to London for work. And so, Manchester and London will always feel like home for me, because whenever I visit these two cities, I am having those weird kinds of nostalgia. Though London is not a tourist city, but I have spent some of my most important years of life over there. So, I am always having that teary eyes whenever landing on Manchester or London, because it feels like coming back to home.

DivyaSolgama – Speaking about the on-going #MeToo movement, do you feel that it’s fair for any film to get punished with respect to the people who are accused and involved in it?
Parineeti Chopra – I am sure that those things will be avoided, because people who are accused will be removed from the position. The films will be made because of the respect for the crew members and other actors who have worked on it. I don’t think that the work of hundreds of people will go simply waste. So in that sense, any particular offender will be removed and boycotted from the industry. It happened in AIB, Housefull 4, Super 30, and so on. Probably the project will be completed in company of those people, but henceforth, they might be boycotted from the industry.

DivyaSolgama – First acting, then singing – now what’s next? Any plans to don the hat of producer just like your sister?
Parineeti Chopra – (Laughs) Yes, I hope so! There are so many things to learn around me, so I am trying to learn more and more in terms of film making. And the moment I feel that I have some control and enough knowledge, will thenmake films for sure.

SOURCE: Bollywood Times