Parineeti Chopra is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films. After studying Finance in England, she returned to India during the 2009 economic crisis and joined Yash Raj Films as a publicist. In 2011, she was signed by Aditya Chopra for a three-films contract with Yash Raj Films and made her screen debut in a supporting role in Maneesh Sharma's Ladies VS Ricky Bahl. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2012, she received critical and commercial success for Ishaqzaade.
Born as Parineeti Chopra into a Hindu Punjabi family in Ambala, Haryana. Her father, Pawan Chopra is a business man and supplier of the Indian Army, her mother is Reena Chopra, she has two brothers, and actress Priyanka Chopra is her cousin. Chopra did her schooling at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, in the Ambala Cantonment. According to herself, she was a topper in school.
She is trained in Hindustani classical music. Having always wanted to become an investment banker, she went on to study at the Manchester Business School in the UK and obtained a triple honours degree in Business, Finance and Economics. Due to the 2009 economic recession, she was unable to get a job and returned to India. Chopra, who described herself as a nerd and added that she was always fat, has reiterated that she never wanted to become an actress and even used to hate actors, stating that if the recession had not happened, she would never have landed in Mumbai.
Chopra had originally intended to do an internship for a short time and then return to the UK. She joined the film production company Yash Raj Films and worked as a PR consultant in the marketing department, coordinating interviews for other actors. While working there and observing actors at close range, her perception about acting changed, with Chopra citing that she felt like "I could do this as well". Her colleagues would later tell that she was a "misfit in an office situation". Director Maneesh Sharma, who worked under Yash Raj Films and had met and interacted with Chopra, wanted her to play a role in his second project Ladies VS Ricky Bahl and asked her to do a "dummy audition for fun". Chopra remarked that she was "fooling around with a camera" and performed some of the dialogues of Geet from the film Jab We Met, never expecting the producer Aditya Chopra to see the tape. She impressed the makers, with Maneesh Sharma expressing that Parineeti Chopra was "phenomenal in the video test", and was promptly signed for a three-film deal with the studio.
Debut & Breakthrough (2011-present)
Ladies VS Ricky Bahl featured Chopra in a supporting role alongside Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. Although the film opened to mixed reviews and was not a box office success, Chopra's performance was widely appreciated by film critics. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama wrote: "Parineeti Chopra springs a pleasant surprise. She has wonderful screen presence and acts freely. In fact, the viewers would take to her character instantly". Komal Nahta claimed that, "Of the three other girls, Parineeti Chopra is undoubtedly the best. She has the best role, the best lines and hers is the best performance among the three. In fact, she provides a lot of light moments in the first half and, more importantly, in the second half too".
Parineeti Chopra's second release, that saw her playing her first lead female role, was the romantic drama Ishaqzaade opposite newcomer Arjun Kapoor, produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Habib Faisal of Do Dooni Chaar fame. Critics again heaped praise on Chopra's performance. Taran Adarsh commented: "Parineeti Chopra is simply fantastic in this high-voltage drama. Playing the part of a spirited gun-toting girl, she is not the regular timid, decorous, withdrawn Hindi film heroine. She portrays the violent behavior coupled with the audacious and brash attitude with aplomb". Komal Nahta commented: "Parineeti Chopra whom we loved in Ladies VS Ricky Bahl, shines again in a complex and intense role. She looks very good and acts like a song. Arjun and Parineeti’s on-screen chemistry and excellent performances are the highlights of the film". Blessy Chettiar from Daily News and Analysis mentioned that "Parineeti Chopra steals the show in Ishaqzaade"; similarly CNN-IBN critic Rajeev Masand labelled her as the "biggest strength of this film". According to Box Office India, the film had grossed approximately 42.52 crores after three weeks and was termed a "super hit".
Chopra's third film is Beshram opposite Ranbir Kapoor, directed by Abhinav Kashyap that would commence in October 2012 and become her first venture outside the Yash Raj Films banner. Chopra has also been confirmed for Maneesh Sharma's Next oposite Shahid Kapoor.
Awards and nominations
Chopra won almost all best-debututante awards of the season, including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut, the Star Screen Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female, the Zee Cine Award for Best Female Debut, the Apsara Award for Best Female Debut, the Stardust Award for Superstar of Tomorrow – Female, the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female and the IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress, besides receiving several nominations for Best Supporting Actress awards.
Speaking on sweeping the awards circuit and winning Best Debut, Chopra said: "Whenever somebody becomes an actor the first thing they start thinking about is awards. I had absolutely no expectations from anything". She continued, "When the nominations started getting announced that’s when I was like I want some awards and now I’m winning them. I just cannot get over the fact that all this is happening to me with my first film." Parineeti has won eight awards so far for her performance.
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