The effervescent and talented Parineeti Chopra confesses to being a bundle of nerves as her fourth film Hasee Toh Phasee hits the marquee
There’s something about Parineeti Chopra that made cinegoers and the film industry take to her instantly. At first glance, she doesn’t seem to fit into the quintessential Hindi film heroine mould, but her effervescent personality has comfortably placed her among the top leading ladies of Hindi cinema. And she is only three films old. It’s sheer talent that has prevented Parineeti from being eclipsed by her more glamourous cousin, Priyanka Chopra. Film stalwarts, too, single her out for being a naturale in front of the camera. With her fourth venture Hasee Toh Phasee, a co-production of Phantom Films, and Dharma Productions, hitting the theatres, the actress admits to being in a happy place, and yet wracked with fears of her surviving in the industry. Amidst a day of hectic promotional activities, she grabs a few moments of peace by settling down by the window, resting a cushion on her lap and enjoying the view of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. Dressed in a casual pink top and blue denims, Chopra talks about her latest film, among other things in a freewheeling chat with Screen. Excerpts:
Karan Johar stated that Hasee Toh Phasee shouldn’t be slotted as a rom-com. Do you feel the same?
It’s a love story, but not the usual romantic comedy. It’s literally a story of two characters. If I had to interpret the film, I would do so based on the flavour of the film more than its genre. The flavour of the film is really fun and sweet. It’s a crazy film, totally living up to the tagline — ‘Love goes cucking frazy’, more so because the girl (Meeta) is really crazy, and the guy (Nikhil), a loser. We should not limit the film by putting it into one particular genre, because it doesn’t fit into any.
The character that you play in the film is rather quirky. Did you have any reference point to get into that mode?
I’m an enthusiastic person in life, but I don’t think I have quirks, and so I had to work on that aspect. We have mentally challenged people and we have people who are stricken by some kind of illness, but that’s not the case with Meeta. She just doesn’t talk like normal people. So, one can never really have a reference point for someone as crazy as the character that I play in the film. We had to find those quirks. For instance, we incorporated things like — Meeta will always look wide-eyed, never blink and have her tongue sticking out of her mouth. She’ll always keep tapping on something or the other. The thing is when you continued…