Open main menu

Wikipedia β

Parineeti Chopra (pronounced [pəriːniːt̪iː ˈtʃoːpɽaː]; born 22 October 1988) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films.[3] She has received several awards and nominations, including a Filmfare and National Film Award. In addition to her acting career, Chopra is a humanitarian and is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products.

Parineeti Chopra
Chopra looking towards the camera
Chopra at an event in 2016
Born (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 28)
Ambala, Haryana, India
Other names Tisha [1]
Alma mater University of Manchester
Occupation Actress
Years active 2011–present
Relatives See Chopra family[2]

The cousin of actress Priyanka Chopra, Chopra initially aspired to pursue a career in investment banking, but after obtaining a triple honours degree in business, finance and economics from Manchester Business School she returned to India during the 2009 economic recession and joined Yash Raj Films as a public relations consultant. Later, she signed a deal with the company as an actress. She made her acting debut with an acclaimed performance in the 2011 romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, which earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2012, she garnered wide critical acclaim for her starring role in the box office hit romantic drama Ishaqzaade, winning the National Film Award – Special Mention and several Best Actress nominations including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She subsequently received praise for her performances in the successful romantic comedies Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) and Hasee Toh Phasee (2014). After taking a break for three years, Chopra returned to screen as an aspiring singer in Meri Pyaari Bindu (2017), which also saw her making her playback singing debut with two songs. Her prime accomplishments have made her one of the most promising new actresses in India.[4]

Contents

Early life and work

 
Chopra obtained a triple honours degree in business, finance and economics from Manchester Business School.

Parineeti Chopra was born on 22 October 1988 in Ambala, Haryana into a Punjabi family.[5][6][7] Her father, Pawan Chopra, is a businessman and supplier to the Indian Army at Ambala Cantonment and her mother is Reena Chopra. She has two brothers: Shivang and Saraj; actresses Priyanka Chopra, Meera Chopra and Mannara Chopra are her cousins.[7][8][9][10][11] Chopra received her early education at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ambala Cantonment.[12] In an interview published in The Hindu, she revealed that she was a very good student and had always wanted to become an investment banker.[6] At the age of 17, Chopra moved to London, where she received a triple honours degree in business, finance and economics from Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom.[6][13] She used to take orientation classes for new students at the University.[14] While studying, she worked part-time for the Manchester United Football Club as the team leader of the catering department.[15] Chopra is also a trained Hindustani classical singer with a B.A. Honours in music. She used to perform on stage with her cousin, Priyanka, and their fathers in her childhood.[16]

In 2009, she returned to India in the wake of the economic recession and moved to Mumbai to stay with Priyanka. During a visit to Yash Raj Films studio, Priyanka (who was filming for Pyaar Impossible!) introduced Parineeti to the head of the public relations team of the company. Chopra obtained an internship in the marketing department, joining the production company as a public-relations consultant.[6][13][17] She considered it a perfect job, because she could use what she had learned and work in films. Chopra had disliked actors and acting; to her, the profession seemed like an excuse to wear too much makeup. This changed when she observed Priyanka's preparations for her role in 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), which highly influenced her and changed her perception towards acting and actors.[18] Once she learnt more about filmmaking, her respect for the profession increased.[19][20]

Acting career

Debut and breakthrough (2011–12)

 
Chopra with her cousin Priyanka in 2012

While working on promotions for Band Baaja Baaraat, Chopra realised that she wanted to become an actress and decided to resign from her executive position with Yash Raj Films to attend acting school. Film director Maneesh Sharma suggested signing Chopra to Aditya Chopra, chairman of Yash Raj Films. Appalled by the idea of recruiting someone from his marketing team as an actress, the vice-president refused.[20] When Parineeti Chopra told Sharma she was leaving her job to attend acting school he advised her to meet the company's casting director,[13] who asked her to do a "dummy audition for fun". Chopra remembered "fooling around with a camera" and delivering lines by the character Geet from the film Jab We Met, never expecting producer Aditya Chopra to see the tape. However, when the producer saw the tape he was impressed with her acting. With Sharma describing her "phenomenal" in the screen test,[21] Chopra was signed to a three-film deal;[22] Chopra's colleagues later told her she was a "misfit in an office situation".[20]

In 2011, Chopra made her screen debut in the romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, in a supporting role with Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. The film describes how three girls who are tricked by a con artist take revenge on him by plotting the same trick for him. Chopra played the Delhi-based "rich and spoiled brat" Dimple Chadda, who is betrayed by the film's central character. The film received mixed reviews from critics, and was moderately successful at the box office;[23][24] however, Chopra's performance was praised by film critics. Komal Nahta said, "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".[25] Priyanka Roy of The Telegraph described Chopra as "natural" and wrote "Among the ladies, debutante Parineeti almost steals the show from Anushka. As a spoilt and nouveau-riche Delhi girl."[26] The film earned her several awards, including the Filmfare Award, the Screen Award, the Apsara Award and the IIFA Award for Best Debut. Chopra also received nominations in the supporting actress category at Filmfare) and won the Apsara and IIFA Awards in the same category.[27][28]

Chopra's second release was Habib Faisal's romantic drama Ishaqzaade in which she played a leading role opposite Arjun Kapoor. The film revolves around two political families, whose rivalry (and mutual hatred) go back generations. Chopra played the boisterous and feisty tomboy Zoya, a Muslim girl who marries a Hindu boy and gives birth to new rivalry in both families. The film received positive reviews from critics, and Chopra earned critical acclaim for her performance.[29] Taran Adarsh observed, "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",[30] and Rajeev Masand labelled her the "biggest strength of the film".[31] The film grossed over 46 crore (US$7.2 million) at the domestic box office, and was termed a super hit by Box Office India.[32] Chopra earned a National Film Award – Special Mention at the 60th National Film Awards, and received first nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, Screen and Apsara Awards.[27][33][34]

2013–present

 
Chopra (center) with Vaani Kapoor (left) and Sushant Singh Rajput at a promotional event for Shuddh Desi Romance in 2013

Chopra next appeared alongside Sushant Singh Rajput and Vaani Kapoor in the romantic comedy-drama Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), her second collaboration with Maneesh Sharma. The film, set in Jaipur, received positive feedback from the critics and Chopra's portrayal of Gayatri, an outspoken and rebellious girl, was particularly praised. CNN-IBN noted that the film belonged to Chopra, who "turns Gayatri into the most real woman one have encountered on screen",[35] and the critic Mayank Shekhar added "Parineeti’s act in the film’s first half is nothing short of National Award winning material."[36] Shuddh Desi Romance collected 46 crore (US$7.2 million) at the domestic box-office and emerged as a commercial success.[37] Chopra garnered several Best Actress nominations, including her second Filmfare nomination for Best Actress.[38]

Chopra's first of three releases of 2014 was Dharma Productions' romantic comedy Hasee Toh Phasee, her first role outside the Yash Raj Films banner. She featured in the role of a mad scientist alongside Sidharth Malhotra and Adah Sharma. Directed by Vinil Matthew and jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar, the film was a moderate success and received generally positive reviews.[39][40] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV wrote that Chopra was "pitch-perfect with her goofball act" and Hindustan Times published that she re-defined the concept of a Bollywood heroine with the film.[40][41]

Habib Faisal's dowry-based social comedy film Daawat-e-Ishq marked Chopra's second collaboration with Faisal. She was cast as Gulrez "Gullu" Qadir, a middle-class salesgirl from Hyderabad alongside Aditya Roy Kapoor and Anupam Kher.[42] The film received mixed reviews though Chopra was praised. Film critic Sarita A Tanwar from Daily News Analysis found Chopra to be "the best thing about the film" and added, "She shines in every scene. She does what she does every single time — rises head and shoulders above the film and her costars."[43] Chopra next played her first "glamorous role" in Shaad Ali's crime film Kill Dil, co-starring Govinda, Ranveer Singh and Ali Zafar.[44] Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com found the film to be a "disaster" and wrote that "Chopra is terribly miscast and wears clothes that should have never left the wardrobe".[45] Both Daawat-e-Ishq and Kill Dil were unsuccessful at the box office.[46]

After taking break from films for three years, Chopra returned to screen in 2017 with Yash Raj Film's romantic drama Meri Pyaari Bindu opposite Ayushmann Khurana. She played the titular character, Bindu (an aspiring singer), and made her playback singing debut with two versions of the song "Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin".[47][48]

Upcoming projects

As of july 2017, Chopra is currently filming for Rohit Shetty's comedy Golmaal Again, the fourth installment in the Golmaal film series, along with an ensemble cast, including Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi and Tabu–Chopra will be paired opposite Devgan in the film.[49][50][51] In addition, she has signed two projectsHomi Adajania's drama Takadum opposite Sushant Singh Rajput and[52] Dibakar Banerjee's Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and also committed to star in Vipul Amrutlal Shah's Namastey Canada both alongside Arjun Kapoor.

In the media

 
Chopra at the launch of Pantene's Proof not Promises campaign, 2014

In addition to acting in films, Chopra is active in charity work and supports a number of causes. She walked the ramp at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week to support the Shabana Azmi Mijwan Welfare Society, an NGO dedicated to empowering girls. Chopra said, "I don't want it to be just about ramp walk, but I seriously and genuinely feel for what Mijwan and what Manish and Shabanaji are doing. For such an initiative, I just could not say no. I had to be a part of it."[53] She also appeared on NDTV's Greenathon, an initiative to support eco-friendliness and investigate poor electricity supplies in rural villages, to lend her support.[54] Apart from charity work, she serves as an ambassador for a number of brands. Chopra endorses brands such as Kurkure, Nivea, Maaza and Spinz, WeChat, Pantene and Mahindra scooty.[55] She became the first Bollywood star to endorse products from both Coke (Maaza) and PepsiCo (Kurkure) at the same time.[56]

The actress' roles and performances have been studied by critics. NDTV noted, "[Chopra]....is as far removed from the standard Bollywood bombshell as it is possible for a lead actress to be. She's more girl next door than glamour doll, with no obvious oomph in evidence, and freely confesses to a battle with the weighing scale".[17] Following her debut, she has been widely regarded as one of the most promising actresses in Hindi cinema.[57] The Indian Express labelled her the "most brightest and talented" newcomer of this generation, noting "her infectious amount of energy".[58] While discussing her career in a 2013 article, CNN-IBN noted, "[she]....is one of the few actresses in the current lot who has a strong screen presence which demands absolute attention from the viewer. When she is on screen, one can't notice other actors—Parineeti engages you in such a way".[59] In a 2013 interview with Hindustan Times, Chopra revealed that she intends to do films, where she has lot to perform and not the films, which has high production value.[60] The actress appeared on Verve's list of most powerful women in 2011.[61] In 2012, she featured on Rediff.com's annual list of Bollywood's Best Actresses.[62]

Filmography

Films

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Dimple Chaddha Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2012 Ishaqzaade Zoya Qureshi National Film Award – Special Mention
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2013 Shuddh Desi Romance Gayatri Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
2014 Hasee Toh Phasee Meeta Solanki
Daawat-e-Ishq Gulrez "Gullu" Qadir
Kill Dil Disha
2016 Dishoom Muskaan Qureshi Cameo appearance
2017 Meri Pyaari Bindu Bindu Shankarnarayanan Also playback singer for songs:
"Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin" and "Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin (Duet)"
Golmaal Again  Priyanka Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2014 India's Best Cinestars Ki Khoj Mentor Singing Reality show[63]
2015 Man's World Doctor Mini web-series
Cameo appearance

Awards and nominations

Chopra is a recipient of a National Film Award – Special Mention for Ishaqzaade (2012) and a Filmfare Best Female Debut for Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011). Additionally, she has been nominated for three more Filmfare Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011) and Best Actress for Ishaqzaade (2012) and Shuddh Desi Romance (2013).

References

  1. ^ http://www.hindustantimes.com/photos/entertainment/bollywood-stars-and-their-pet-names/photo-euF2SQfRkQ74ulFcUBZE7J.html
  2. ^ Coutinho, Natasha (2 September 2013). "Chopra family thrilled". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Parineeti Chopra has made her name in Bollywood doing author-backed roles. Now, she is focussing on changing her image.". Archived from the original on 28 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Coutinho, Natasha (2 September 2013). "Parineeti Chopra: From PR person to face of YRF". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Birthday Bells". Dainik Bhaskar. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d Bhattacharya, Budhaditya (22 June 2012). "Films for real!". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 31 March 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Parineeti Chopra: Who is she?". India Today. 11 April 2012. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Here's Priyanka Chopra's another cousin on the block!". India Today. 5 June 2012. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Sharma, Amrapali (10 February 2012). "Parineeti Chopra blindly follows Priyanka". The Times Of India. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Priyanka’s family thrilled". The Tribune. 1 December 2000. Archived from the original on 21 November 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Here's Priyanka Chopra's another cousin on the block!". India Today. 5 June 2012. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Singh, Suhani (1 March 2013). "6 Stars in the Making". India Today. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c Kulkarni, Onkar (5 May 2012). "Rising star". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  14. ^ Mumbai Mirror (30 July 2013). "Nobody has ever used any pick-up line on me: Parineeti". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 May 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  15. ^ Gupta, Priya (17 December 2013). "Maneesh Sharma is the angel in my life: Parineeti Chopra". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  16. ^ Bhattacharya, Roshmila (27 January 2017). "Did you know? Parineeti Chopra is a trained Hindustani classical singer". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Sharma, Sarika (20 June 2012). "Who is Parineeti Chopra?". NDTV. Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Masand, Rajeev (21 December 2014). "Watch: Roundtable conversation with top Bollywood actresses". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  19. ^ Upadhyay, Karishma (11 May 2012). "Miss Ishaqzaade". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  20. ^ a b c Jha, Nishita (May 2012). "Divas vs Parineeti Chopra". Tehelka. 9 (20). Archived from the original on 25 April 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "Parineeti Chopra is B-town's new entrant". The Times Of India. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  22. ^ Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (22 May 2012). "Sunshine girl". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 31 March 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Ladies vs Ricky Bahl gets mixed reviews from film critics". Oneindia. 10 December 2011. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "New Releases Poor Opening Ladies V Ricky Bahl Decent First Week". Box Office India. 17 December 2011. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  25. ^ Nahta, Komal (9 December 2011). "Ladies VS Ricky Bahl Review". Koimoi. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  26. ^ Roy, Priyanka (10 December 2011). "Rom con". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  27. ^ a b "Parineeti Chopra: Awards & nominations". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  28. ^ "7th Apsara Awards Winners". Apsara Awards. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  29. ^ "Ishaqzaade gets thumbs up from critics". Hindustan Times. 11 May 2012. Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  30. ^ Adarsh, Taran (11 May 2012). "Ishaqzaade Review". Bollywood Hungama. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  31. ^ Masand, Rajeev (25 May 2012). "Masand: 'Ishaqzaade' is far from perfect". CNN-IBN. Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  32. ^ "Rowdy Rathore Bumper Opening In Single Screens Good At Multiplexes". Box Office India. 26 May 2012. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  33. ^ "60th National Film Awards – 2012" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  34. ^ "8th Apsara Awards Nominations". Apsara Awards. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  35. ^ Masand, Rajeev (7 September 2013). "'Shuddh Desi Romance' review: It's a non-formulaic, charming little film". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  36. ^ Shekhar,Mayank (6 September 2013). "Shuddh Desi Romance Review By Mayank Shekhar". The W14.com. Archived from the original on 9 September 2013. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  37. ^ "Warning Dull Phat Poster Nikhla Hero Low First Week". Box Office India. 28 September 2013. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  38. ^ "59th Idea Filmfare Awards Nominations". Filmfare. 13 January 2013. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  39. ^ "Parineeti Chopra Filmography". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 29 March 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  40. ^ a b Kaushal, Sweta (7 February 2014). "Movie review: Parineeti Chopra re-defines Bollywood heroine in Hasee Toh Phasee". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  41. ^ Chatterjee, Saibal (7 February 2014). "Hasee Toh Phasee". NDTV. Archived from the original on 23 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  42. ^ "Daawat-e-Ishq review: Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra fail to make a delicious film". Firstpost. 19 September 2014. Archived from the original on 22 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  43. ^ Tanwar, Sarita A (19 September 2014). "Film review: Parineeti Chopra shines but 'Daawat-e-Ishq' drags on without clarity". Business Standard. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  44. ^ "Parineeti Chopra set to defy her tomboyish-image in Shaad Ali's Kill Dil". Hindustan Times. 9 January 2013. Archived from the original on 11 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  45. ^ "Review: Kill Dil is a disaster!". Rediff.com. 14 November 2014. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  46. ^ "After two flops in 2014, Parineeti Chopra hopes 2015 is ‘better’". The Indian Express. 8 December 2014. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  47. ^ "Watch: Parineeti Chopra sings and announces the title of her new film". CNN-IBN. 9 February 2016. Archived from the original on 12 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016. 
  48. ^ Press Trust of India (12 May 2016). "Parineeti Chopra starts shooting for Meri Pyaari Bindu in Kolkata". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 13 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  49. ^ "Ajay Devgn gives a sneak peek at the ‘Golmaal Again’ family"
  50. ^ "Ajay Devgn-Rohit Shetty rope in Parineeti Chopra as the new 'Golmaal' girl". Times Of India. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  51. ^ "Golmaal Again goes on floors today, sans Ajay Devgn!"
  52. ^ "Parineeti Chopra, Sushant Singh Rajput to reunite for Homi Adajania’s Takadum". Hindustan Times. 1 July 2016. Archived from the original on 2 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  53. ^ "Parineeti Chopra's graceful walk gets thumbs-up at WIFW". Mid Day. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  54. ^ "Check Out: B-Town stars at NDTV Greenathon". Bollywood Hungama. 22 May 2012. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  55. ^ Awaasthi, Kavita (6 April 2013). "Gen-next Bollywood actors: the hottest new players in ad world". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  56. ^ Gupta, Surajeet Das & Malvania, Urvi (5 December 2013). "In 2013, a new crop of actors hits the jackpot". Business Standard. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  57. ^ "NEWBILE SIX!". The Telegraph. 8 September 2012. Archived from the original on 28 March 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  58. ^ Ramsubramaniam, Nikhil (1 May 2012). "I hope I am accepted as Zoya in 'Ishaqzaade': Parineeti Chopra". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  59. ^ "Parineeti Chopra: Watch her closely, she'll surprise you!". CNN-IBN. 19 March 2013. Archived from the original on 22 March 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  60. ^ Singh, Prashant (29 January 2013). "I am not a showpiece: Parineeti Chopra". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  61. ^ Uttamchandani, Dishina (June 2012). "Power Moment". Verve. 20 (6). Archived from the original on 4 April 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  62. ^ "Bollywood's 10 Best Actresses Of 2012". Rediff.com. 21 December 2012. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  63. ^ "Parineeti Chopra makes her big television debut". India Today. 27 June 2014. Archived from the original on 30 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 

Further reading

  • Talati-Parikh, Sitanshi (September 2012). "Girl On A Wire". Verve. 20 (9). Retrieved 2 February 2013. 

External links