Ishaqzaade actress Parineeti Chopra has said how she was initially not interested in acting and also did not have much respect for actors working in Bollywood. In addition, she stated that her decision to enter the film industry had nothing to do with the success of her cousin Priyanka Chopra. “My decision to become an actor had nothing to do with her (Priyanka) being an actor at all,” said Parineeti to the Hindustan Times. “I wanted to be a banker all my life. I studied and worked in England, then recession happened and nobody was getting jobs. So I came to India for a few months and planned to go back post-recession to study more or apply for jobs again.”
“I used to hate actors and acting. I thought it was a brainless job. But then I realised it’s not, and not everyone can do what actors can do in front of the camera. That is why they are very sought after. So I wanted to try it. It so happened that Maneesh (Sharma, director) decided to cast me in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl (2011). Adi (Aditya Chopra, producer) saw one audition, which I didn’t even know was an audition and also approved of me. So it just happened.” Parineeti received huge critical acclaim for her performance opposite Arjun Kapoor in Ishaqzaade (2012) and won numerous awards for it.
She also revealed that she is very selective when it comes to film scripts, as she does not want to be in a film just as decoration. “I’m very selective. With Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl and Ishaqzaade, things went very well for me and I got awards and appreciation. I didn’t want to make any hasty decision and choose a film just to look nice or to work with a star. I want to do films that have a lot of homework for me to do. Right from Shuddh Desi Romance, Hasee Toh Phasee, Kill Dil to Habib Faisal’s next, I have well-carved out roles.”
Parineeti will next be seen in YRF’s upcoming film Shuddh Desi Romance, where she will be seen opposite Kai Po Che (2012) actor Sushant Singh Rajput.