Parineeti Chopra was instantly noticed in her first film, playing a young Delhi girl to perfection. During the past 5 years, she has proven her acting mettle, film after film. With Meri Pyaari Bindu now out, which features her in a sparkling role as the vivacious, and always up for an adventure, Bindu, Parineeti has also taken the plunge into playback singing. Ayesha Babar caught up with the actress as she opened her heart about the film and her personal journey to fitness.
Ayesha: Oh my God – your song! Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin is such a gorgeous track – where was all this singing talent hidden before? How did the singing come about?
Parineeti: I have always sung before, and have also sung on stage. Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin required more practice and preparation, as singing on the mic is another level. Playback singing requires talent, and I am very grateful that people have liked the first effort so much.
A: There’s been a long gap between your last, Kill Dill and Meri Pyaari Bindu…why such a long gap? And what made you decide on Meri Pyaari Bindu?
P: Having worked in quite a few films, I decided to take time to look after myself. Getting healthy and fit became important. Within a year’s time, I was back on a film set for Meri Pyaari Bindu.
My main reason for choosing Meri Pyaari Bindu is its nostalgia factor, which connected to me instantly. All of us have a memory attached to a particular song. We relate to certain people, relationships and moments from our lives. The retro songs really attracted me to the film, and the theme of reclaiming and relating to precious time of the past.
A: We are loving the chemistry between you and Ayushmann – you are both from smaller cities in Punjab, and singer-actors. How was it working with Ayushmann?
P: Ayushmann is a really nice person; he is very gentle and friendly. Working with him was like working with a buddy, we had more similarities than differences. I am glad that our chemistry is being liked, it felt natural to be working with him on this particular script. [
A: The Golmaal set looks like a laughing riot – tell us more about that!
P: Oh my God, it’s a crazy set, it’s like fun all the time! I now understand why Golmaal is such a mad franchise. The people who make it are so much fun and amazing. There are games and pranks being played on set, and there is so much love and loyalty within the team. Of course, it’s a huge film but everything happens with clockwork precision. It’s one of my all time favorite sets.
A: You’ve become an inspiration for so many girls who aspire to improve their fitness. What’s some advice that you’d give to other young people trying to so the same?
P: Getting fitter changes the way you look, and changes your outlook towards a lot of things in life. It’s worth the effort as you start to feel amazing and have a lot more stamina, energy and flexibility. It reflects on your work too. It’s about discipline and if you put your mind to it, you can achieve it.