The 24 year old Parineeti Chopra (DOB – October 22, 1988) was born in Ambala, Haryana (Punjab). Her father Pawan Chopra is a supplier to the Indian Army while her mother Reena Chopra, is a housewife. She has two siblings, brothers Saraj and Shivang. She has two famous cousins, Priyanka Chopra, one of the most sought-after Bollywood actresses and Meera Chopra, a South Indian actress.
Parineeti who did her schooling in Convent of Jesus and Mary, at Ambala Cantonment, was all set to become an investment banker. So in 2005, she moved to London where she secured a triple honours degree in finance, business and economics from Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom. In 2009, she returned to India and shifted base to Mumbai to live with her cousin Priyanka.
How Parineeti Chopra came into Bollywood
Priyanka, while shooting for Pyaar Imposible; took Parineeti to Yash Raj Films studio and introduced her to the Public Relations team of the company. She got an internship job as a PR consultant for Yash Raj Films. Parineeti who disliked acting initially, took a liking to the profession after watching the commitment of actors.
When she was doing the PR work for Band Baaja Baarat, Parineeti realized that she had it in her to be an actress and decided to quit her corporate post to join an acting school. Maneesh Sharma, a director, suggested Parineeti to talk to the vice-president of Yash Raj Films, Aditya Chopra. The VP was not really enthusiastic about recruiting someone from the marketing team as an actress. When he learnt that Parineeti had quit the job to learn acting, he asked Maneesh to let her do a dummy audition.
Parineeti auditioned for the bubbly character of ‘Geet’ from the movie Jab Wet Met and since it was just for fun; she did not think much about it. Aditya Chopra happened to see it and liked what he saw. Parineeti was signed for a three-film deal; which steam-rolled her career into Bollywood
Parineeti Chopra’s Bollywood debut
In 2011, Parineeti got a funny character-role with a song thrown in, in the romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl. The movie starred Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma besides two other girls but Parineeti got all the praises. While the movie had a decent run, Parineeti Chopra got almost all the nominations for the Best Female Supporting Actor and even won IIFA and Apsara Awards for her role.
Parineeti’s second film was Habib Fasal’s tragic love-story, Ishaqzaade; in which she was paired with debutante Arjun Kapoor. It was the story about two political families from different religions who are at war with each other.
Parineeti played the role of Zoya, a Muslim girl who marries a Hindu boy and ends up upsetting both families. Her brilliant performance was the talking point of the film and she went on to receive many accolades. Parineeti Chopra won the Special Mention Award at the 60th National Film Awards and also several nominations at all the well-known award functions.
The talented actress is doing Maneesh Sharma’s next movie Shuddh Desi Romance with Sushant Singh Rajput and Vaani Kapoor. She will also do her first film outside Yash Raj Productions, called Hasee toh Phasee, an Anurag Kashyap-Karan Johar co-production, with Siddharth Malhotra as her male lead.
Parineeti has also signed Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil with Ranveer Singh and Ali Zafar for YRF banner. She has also agreed to work with Habib Faisal for another project, where she will be cast along with heart-throb Aditya Roy Kapoor, for Yash Raj Films. Contemporary Alia Bhatt regards Parineeti Chopra as her favorite actress.
2011 – Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (Role –Dimple Chaddha) – won Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
2012- Ishaqzaade –(Role – Zoya Qureshi) – Won Special Mention at National Film Awards
Parineeti Chopra – height and other trivia
Height – 5 feet, 5inches
Weight – Hovers around 58 kgs
Career strategy – Parineeti Chopra’s career move is different from most other actresses her age. While other new actresses are not passing the opportunity to work with established movie stars, Parineeti is working with new actors, closer to her age. She says, “I was offered films opposite big stars where I would have been made to look good and sing four songs. With the kind of success I’ve got, any other actress in my place would happily cool her heels. I’ve won awards for Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl, I’ve won the National Award for Ishaqzaade. After such acclaim the audience knows you can act. I could just do song and dance routines, enjoy life, travel the world and make money. But I’m taking a risk in terms of the scripts I’m picking. I’m choosing roles where I can perform.”
Controversy – Parineeti’s wardrobe malfunction at a recent award raised a few eyebrows, as her dress had a small tear at the rear.
She is known to be quite talkative and extrovert by nature
A huge foodie – She loves her food and has no qualms about talking about her weight. Parineeti loves eating pizza but has given it up so that she remains in shape for her films. She says, “When I began my career, I was okay eating pizza because just performing before the camera was on my mind. But now I am a part of the glamor industry and I have to be in shape. No one likes fat actresses. So I can’t be arrogant and say it doesn’t matter. It’s not about looking hot and wearing a bikini, it’s about looking presentable. Again, if I don’t wear a bikini doesn’t mean I can eat pizza. I’ve changed my diet drastically. The competition has increased. The audience can easily get bored of you. I want the audience to love me. So I’m working towards looking better. Saying I’ve gone under the knife is so unfair.”
Parineeti Chopra fat to fit story
Parineeti Chopra says that compared to her famous cousin sister, she has the tendency to put on weight. She says, “Priyanka has good metabolism, she does not have the tendency to put on weight whereas I have always been on the fatter side. I used to wear size 36 jeans and weight 85 kilos but now I workout. I actually workout just two months before shooting.”
Parineeti admits that she would not mind wearing a bikini for the film but then she will go on a strict disciplined diet for it
Parineeti laughs off the alleged boyfriend rumors which go from Uday Chopra and Arjun Kapoor to Jackky Bhagnani and Maneesh Chopra. But she does not deny that she and Maneesh are thick friends and spend a lot of time together. “If I do have a boyfriend, Priyanka Chopra would be the first to know,” she announces.