Parineeti Chopra on what went wrong with her films and taking a nine-month break.
Parineeti Chopra entered the industry with a bang. Although she made her debut with a supporting role in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, she received immense appreciation from critics and also a few awards for being the best debutante. Soon, her second film Ishaqzaade released and her performance not only won appreciations but also a National Film Award. This was followed by Shuddh Desi Romance and Hasee Toh Phasee, both earning her good reviews. However, this streak didn’t last for long and she faced a dip in her career.
The modest actress reveals what went wrong.
Parineeti says, “I have gone right and wrong in my film selection and not a single film that I did made me feel that it would flop. I always thought this film will work but sometimes it goes wrong and that’s the game.”
“Some actors are lucky. Whatever they choose, it works and it has happened with me as well. In the beginning, everything worked. But, my process of selecting films has not changed, my realization of the game has become stronger,” she adds.
The Meri Pyari Bindu actress also reveals that she sat down with the producers to analyze what went wrong with the film.
“That’s exactly what you do when a film doesn’t work. You sit with your producers and analyze. Sometimes timing is off. So, you go home, you learn, you come back and that’s how the industry has always been.”
While many believe that actors can’t afford to take breaks in the industry, Parineeti has gone on a nine-month break and she says that was the best decision that she has ever taken.
“I have taken a break only once and the best thing that could have happened to me was taking that break. I took a nine-month break, lost a lot of wights then signed Bindu and Golmaal. Bindu might not have done anything at the box office but it is one of my biggest satellite hits. Bindu has given me much more love than Ishqzaade has given me,” says the 30-year-old actress.
The actress also believes that actors should never have self-doubts.
“As an actor, you are never allowed to have self-doubt because you have to have faith in yourself and you also have to have faith in nature. Every actor is offered a set of scripts. You have to choose out of them and you have to go on that journey and it’s okay. There is more pressure from media than the audience. The audience doesn’t give any pressure to the actors. Hits and flops are all part of the game.”
Meanwhile, Parineeti will also be seen in Kesari, which an action-war film starring Akshay Kumar and Parineeti Chopra in the lead roles. Talking about what made her sign this film, she says, “Everybody knows it’s about the Battle of Saragarhi and it’s centred on that. The film is about the boys but at a very crucial point, the protagonist thinks about his dead wife, which is played by me and that is a very cool love story woven into the script even though it is purely about the two days of the battle.”
“So I played a very small part in the film but it was just one of the films where I needed my stamp on it and say I was part of Kesari. I didn’t think about my screen time or the length of my role. You all would also feel that the role was not much but it wouldn’t affect me,” she adds.
Directed by Anurag Singh and produced by Dharma Productions, Kesari is scheduled for release on March 21.