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Five Films That Defined Parineeti Chopra’s Career

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Parineeti Chopra best films: Since her debut with the 2011 film Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, Parineeti Chopra has ventured into an array of genres and a wide range of characters as an actor. Chopra has not only normalised women who are outspoken and strong-headed with her films, she has also been a crucial part of Bollywood’s drive to redefine the Hindi film heroines.  The actor celebrates her 33rd birthday today.

Parineeti Chopra originally wanted to be a banker and has a triple honours degree in business, finance and economics from the Manchester Business School. She wanted to pursue a career as a banker in London, but due to economic constraints, she decided to return to India.

The 33-year-old actor, in an interview with Vogue, said that she chose Mumbai because the flight ticket was cheaper than Delhi’s. Chopra then applied for a job at the Yash Raj Studios. Not for acting but for accounts. But due to a lack of vacancies, she started her internship in the marketing and public relations department at Yash Raj Films.

It was during this internship that she leant acting and filmmaking. Plus, in the same studio, filmmaker Maneesh Sharma first spotted her and gave her a role in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. Since then there has been no looking back for the actor with some of the most unconventional names in her filmography.

Here are five of such films that made us see the actor in a different light:

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar (2021)

This Dipankar Banerjee thriller divided opinion among the viewers when it came out earlier this year. Some viewers felt that Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar was a dark and gritty tale worth their time, while others felt it to be redundant. Parineeti Chopra played the role of a banker called Sandeep Kaur, who is running away from the company head as she plans to whistleblow the internal workings of it. In the film, she is charged with fraud and asks Pinky’s help to cross the border to the neighbouring country Nepal. Chopra’s performance received a thumbs-up from all viewers despite the mixed reviews about the film.

Saina (2021)

Based on shuttler Saina Nehwal, this sports biopic was loved by viewers for being highly entertaining and inspiring. Chopra was also praised by critics and viewers for her portrayal of Nehwal. It is not easy for actors to slip into the skin of athletes, and get their command on the game and physique spot on. But Chopra successfully managed to do just that.

Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)

In a society where marriage is seen as the ultimate goal of a woman and man, Shuddh Desi Romance came as whiff of fresh air. It spoke about live-in relationships when it was not a popular urban concept being discussed on Instagram. Chopra played the role of Gayatri, who is scared of commitment and marriage because of her failed past relationships. She meets Raghuram Sitaram, played by the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who is equally scared of marriage and prefers a live-in arrangement like Gayatri. The film also stars Vaani Kapoor and was directed by Maneesh Sharma.

Hasee Toh Phasee (2014)

A romantic comedy-drama but with a girl who has an aim in life other than sacrificing for family and the boy she falls in love with. The film was made keeping in mind the commercial audience but its crux didn’t neglect its female lead’s career goals- the girl needs funding for her project in China. It does not change even after the duo confesses love and decide to be together. Hasee Toh Phasee saw Chopra play the role of Meeta, who eats toothpaste when she is hungry and has quirky solutions for simple everyday problems, that often backfire.

Meri Pyaari Bindu (2017)

Even though the film did not fare well at the box office, the film’s lead actors have confessed that it remains one of their favourite films. Directed by Akshay Roy, Meri Pyaari Bindu revolves around the life of an aspiring singer named Bindu and Abhimanyu Bubla Roy, a Bengali writer. The film is about Khurrana writing a story based on his life bittersweet relationship with Bindu and how it changed his life.


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