Ahead of the release of her Netflix film The Girl On The Train, a remake of the 2016 thriller of the same name, actress Parineeti Chopra talks about surviving Bollywood for a decade and what she’d change if she could do it all over again:
Sneha Menon Desai: If there’s a chapter on surviving Bollywood, now that you’re at the decade mark, what would your chapter be about?
Parineeti Chopra: My chapter would be: How To Make Mistakes Publicly And Learn From Them. In my case, that’s exactly what happened. I didn’t have the luxury of prepping to be an actor before I did my first film. There are so many people who come ready, they know exactly how to get meetings, they know how to look, they know who their stylists are, they know who they want to work with, which magazine cover they want to be with. And that’s amazing. That’s the luxury they have because they’ve grown up in this world. I didn’t have that and I became a public person overnight. I was learning everything in front of everybody so there was that global scrutiny of: Look at how she does this, look at how she talks, look at how she walks, how she dresses. It made me so strong as a person. I grew up so fast in the industry because I had those eyes on me and I had people giving me feedback. But if I were to go back in time and change anything, I would take a year off and get a crash course on how to be an actor and how to be a little more prepared. Imagine if I were to debut today, with everything that I’ve learned all these years, I think I would make fewer mistakes.
SMD: I remember you telling Anupama Chopra in an interview that there was so much scrutiny around you, that when you walked out of your friend’s apartment at 3 am wearing chappals, there would be paps circling you. Does Parineeti 2.0 give a shit about that now?
PC: It’s a yes and no answer. I don’t give a shit in the sense that I’m more comfortable in my skin now. Having said that, I really care about looking good. I really care about having good pictures and I really care about making my fans happy. I had a carefree attitude that I definitely want to let go of because the audiences do expect a lot from of actors and that is their privilege. If you’re in a good enough position for them to expect things from you and they want you to look good and want you to do good films, they care and they’re involved in your life and I have to reciprocate that. It has to be a two-way relationship. So if you’re calling me 2.0, then that version will be more responsible. I will put more work into everything I do now.