'I'm the biggest foodie ever'
Just like any other normal 24-year-old, Parineeti Chopra is bubbly and full of life. She loves her food, and loves the attention that she gets. Metrolife got talking to this young actor when she was in the City recently.
Parineeti never wanted to be an actress, but she can’t imagine being anything else now. “I’m the kind of person who needs a lot of balance in my life. I require to work, but I need a lot of ‘me time’, and do what I want to do. This career by far has been perfect. It’s true that one’s privacy goes for a toss with this field, and everything I do is blown out of proportion. But I think it is a very small price to pay, when you’re in a job you absolutely love,” she says.
She adds, “It’s true that I didn’t like acting and I never understood the industry or the work that went behind it. I always thought actors just dressed well, said a few lines and made money. But once I worked with ‘Yash Raj Films’, I understood why actors were so sought after, and it’s because of the work they deliver. It’s so difficult to be creative, and I know that no one else can do what I can in front of the camera.”
Talk about her cousin’s acting and she excitedly answers, “Priyanka’s acting is ten on ten, she’s a brilliant actress. I absolutely loved Barfi, and after watching it, I just told myself I want to be the best actress ever, like Rani or Kajol or my sister.”
She’s a foodie and she admits it openly. “I know there are many people who claim to be foodies. I know only three or four people in my life, who are genuine foodies, and I don’t mean quantities. One needs to have taste buds for different kinds of food.”
Ask her how she dealt with her weight issues, and she says, “I was humongous back then and wore size 36 jeans. Once I came to India, and started working with Yash Raj, the shift in life made me lose weight, and everybody started giving me compliments, which motivated me further. When I decided to act, the good thing was ‘Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl’ allowed me to be a bit overweight cause the role demanded it, but for Ishaqzaade. I had to lose a lot of weight. It’s easy when one has the motivation, but I never stop eating what I love.”