She is known for her impeccable comic timing, however, Parineeti Chopra believes that comedy is the most difficult genre. “People should realise that whatever looks easy and natural on screen is difficult to enact. A film set is not natural. When you are trying to make a comic scene or humour look natural, you have to put in a lot of effort. In a comedy scene, we have to laugh and make people laugh (whom we may not have ever met) the moment the director says, ‘action’,” she says.
Compared to comedy, enacting dramatic scenes is more easy, the actress believes. “Making people laugh is a tough job,” she says. That said, most of the time actresses do not get a chance to do comedy onscreen, so Parineeti is happy that she got an opportunity to experiment and showcase her comedy skills in Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal Again.
Portraying comedy on screen may be difficult, but Parineeti says that she understands humour. “Since childhood I have been making people laugh around me and I have fun doing that.”
Parineeti had two films in 2017. While Meri Pyari Bindu received mixed reaction at the box office, Golmaal Again went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year. Sharing her experience of working in a multi-starrer, she says, “The rules and dynamics are different in a multi-starrer film. It’s a group effort as you have to think about others while saying your dialogues. The process of creating the scene is also different.”
The actress is now shooting with her Ishaqzaade co-star Arjun Kapoor for Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. Talking about Sandeep..., she says, “I’m playing a fiercely ambitious girl from the corporate world. She is based in Delhi and is the perfect example of how you would describe a girl who has a single point focus about her career. She has her quirks, and stands out for her qualities and intentions. I have never played a character like this and I’m extremely excited that Dibakar is presenting me in an avatar that no one has ever seen me in.”
This isn’t the first time Parineeti is playing a strong character. She is known for playing bossy and headstrong roles, which she is proud of. “I am proud of playing strong characters on screen. I think different personalities bring different emotions to a film. There are certain actors who match the character. If I play a character which is not me at all, it will look weird. Having said that, I am open to playing a variety of roles, but if filmmakers are offering me certain kind of roles, I will consider them,” she adds.
In the past, the actress took a break from acting for almost a year. While many suggest that it was because she wanted to lose weight, others say that the actress wasn’t getting roles. But Parineeti maintains that it’s okay to take a break at the peak of your career.
“It depends on your personality. Both my personal and professional life is important. I wanted to be fit and therefore took a break. It had less to do with my career and more to do with my health. The media presumed that I was not pursuing films anymore,” she says, adding, “There are people for whom their career matters the most and they might not agree with what I am saying. They might wonder why I needed a break to meet my parents or concentrate on my personal life.”
But Parineeti is happy doing the balancing act.