With two Yash Raj Films done, a third with director Maneesh Sharma to release in September, a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut in the bag and a bunch of endorsement deals that include Nivea, actress Parineeti Chopra is forever done being simply superstar Priyanka Chopra's little cousin sister.
Her off-screen personality is approachable and unguarded, making the Ladies vs Ricky Bahl supporting actress quite unlike other Bollywood starlets in this respect.
“In my interviews, my events, I try to play myself,” the 24-year-old Chopra says. “I’m as close to myself as possible. I am very enthusiastic, very happy in life, in my personal life. That all comes across I guess.”
But what's not obvious are these lesser known facts:
She’s a London-ophile. “I absolutely love London. Because all my friends are there, I studied there, plus London has everything -- there's a beach one hour away, there’s the best shopping, the best food and I’m a huge foodie so I love it. And the weather is always amazing.”
She worked for Manchester United. "My first paycheck ever was in university when I used to do part-time jobs. I worked for football club Manchester United, because I was studying in Manchester. I was one of the team leaders for the catering during the matches.”
She’s a gadget girl. "One of my biggest indulgences is electronics. I just love them. I love watching TV, listening to music, I’m always on my iPad. I keep changing my phones all the time. It’s not really about the technical part but I just love the feeling of a new electronic item in the house. I spent my first big movie paycheck on an Apple laptop.”
She has a bargain shoe fetish. “I won’t really spend like eighty thousand on one pair of shoes, but I’ll probably buy 20 pairs which each cost only 200 bucks. All my money goes on that. Shoes, chappals, I just love footwear.”
She’s terrified of snakes. “I’m really, really afraid of snakes. When I say it out loud I get a bad feeling.”
She’s not a designer diva. “Now I’ve become a high-street person. I like to spend on good quality clothes, doesn’t have to be in fashion. Even if I buy a ganji it has to be of good quality.”
She’s still star-struck. "I’ve always been and still am star-struck by Saif Ali Khan. He’s my favourite actor."
She has a simple beauty regime. “I always carry these two products with me in my bag. One is Nivea’s new Total Face Cleanup. Wherever I am, if I have make-up on I can remove it properly. Or else just use it to refresh my face and skin. I also have lip balm on me no matter what.”
She’s a talented singer. “Singing is my secret talent. I don’t know if people know that I can sing. I am actually a trained classical singer and I would like to take it up sometime in the future.”
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