|Real Name:||Parineeti Chopra|
|Birthplace:||Ambala, Haryana, India|
Parineeti Chopra (born 22 October 1988) is an Indian actress who primarily works in Hindi films. Chopra is a recipient of several accolades, including a Filmfare and a National Film Award. She has appeared in Forbes India‘s Celebrity 100 list since 2013.
After obtaining a triple honors degree in business, finance, and economics from Manchester Business School, Chopra returned to India during the 2009 economic recession and joined Yash Raj Films as a public relations consultant. Later, she signed a deal with the company as an actress. She made her acting debut with the 2011 romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, winning the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She followed it by garnering acclaim for her starring roles in the box office hits— Ishaqzaade (2012), Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), and Hasee Toh Phasee (2014). The first of these won her the National Film Award – Special Mention while the former two earned her nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
This success was followed by several poorly received films and a three-year hiatus. Her only successful films during this period were the horror-comedy Golmaal Again (2017) and the war drama Kesari (2019), in which she had a brief role. In 2021, Chopra earned critical praise for her leading roles in the black comedy Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and the sports biopic Saina. She received another Filmfare nomination for Best Actress for the former. She has since played a supporting role in Uunchai (2022).
In addition to her acting career, Chopra is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products. She has sung some of her film songs, including “Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin” and “Teri Mitti“. In 2022, Chopra ventured into television by judging the reality show Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan on Colors TV.
Parineeti Chopra Biography
|Born||22 October 1988
Ambala, Haryana, India
|Alma mater||University of Manchester|
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Early life and work (Parineeti Chopra Biography)
Chopra was born on 22 October 1988 in Ambala, Haryana into a Punjabi Hindu family. Her father, Pawan Chopra, is a businessman and supplier to the Indian Army at Ambala Cantonment and her mother is Reena Chopra. She has two brothers: Shivang and Sahaj; actresses Priyanka Chopra, Meera Chopra, and Mannara Chopra are her cousins. Chopra studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Ambala. In an interview published in The Hindu, she revealed that she was a very good student and had always wanted to become an investment banker.
At the age of 17, Chopra moved to England, where she received a triple honors degree in business, finance, and economics from Manchester Business School. She used to take orientation classes for new students at the university. While studying, she worked part-time for the Manchester United Football Club as the team leader of the catering department. Chopra is also a trained Hindustani classical singer with a B.A. Honors in music. She used to perform on stage with her cousin, Priyanka, and their fathers in her childhood.
In 2009, she returned to India in the wake of the economic recession and moved to Mumbai. Chopra obtained an internship in the marketing department of Yash Raj Films, joining the production company as a public-relations consultant. She considered it a perfect job because she could use what she had learned and work in films. While working on promotions for Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), Chopra realized that she wanted to become an actress and decided to resign from her executive position with Yash Raj Films to attend acting school. After meeting the company’s casting director, she was asked to do a “dummy audition for fun”. Chopra remembered “fooling around with a camera” and delivering lines by the character Geet from the film Jab We Met (2007). When YRF producer Aditya Chopra saw the tape he was impressed with her acting. Chopra was then signed to a 3-film deal.
Acting career (Parineeti Chopra Biography)
Debut, breakthrough, and accolades (2011–2014)
In 2011, Chopra made her screen debut in a supporting role in the romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl with Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma in lead roles. The film describes how three girls who are tricked by a con artist take revenge on him by plotting the same trick for him. Chopra played the Delhi-based “rich and spoiled brat” Dimple Chadda, who is betrayed by the film’s central character. The film received mixed reviews from critics and was moderately successful at the box office. Chopra’s performance received high praise from critics. Komal Nahta said, “Of the three other girls, Chopra is undoubtedly the best. She has the best role, the best lines and hers is the best performance among the three.” Priyanka Roy of The Telegraph described Chopra as “natural” and wrote, “Among the ladies, debutante Chopra almost steals the show from Sharma.” The film earned her several awards, including the Filmfare Award, the Screen Award, the Producers Guild Film Award, and the IIFA Award for Best Debut. Chopra also received nominations in the supporting actress category, including Filmfare, and won the Producers Guild and IIFA Awards in the same category.
Chopra’s first of three releases of 2014 was Dharma Productions’ romantic comedy-drama Hasee Toh Phasee, her first role outside the Yash Raj Films banner. She portrayed Dr. Meeta Solanki, a mad scientist on the run, opposite Sidharth Malhotra. Directed by Vinil Matthew and jointly produced by Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar, the film emerged as a commercial success at the box office, and received positive reviews from critics, with Chopra’s portrayal receiving widespread praise. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV wrote that Chopra was “pitch-perfect with her goofball act” and Hindustan Times published that she re-defined the concept of a Bollywood heroine with the film. She received BIG Star Entertainment Award for Most Entertaining Actor in a Comedy Film for her performance in the film.
Habib Faisal’s dowry-based social comedy film Daawat-e-Ishq marked Chopra’s second collaboration with Faisal. She was cast as Gulrez “Gullu” Qadir, a middle-class salesgirl from Hyderabad alongside Aditya Roy Kapur and Anupam Kher. The film received mixed reviews though Chopra was praised. Film critic Sarita A. Tanwar from Daily News Analysis found Chopra to be “the best thing about the film” and added, “Chopra shines in every scene. She does what she does every single time — rises head and shoulders above the film and her costars.” Chopra next played her first “glamorous role” in Shaad Ali’s crime film Kill Dil, co-starring Govinda, Ranveer Singh, and Ali Zafar. Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com found the film to be a “disaster” and wrote that “Chopra is terribly miscast and wears clothes that should have never left the wardrobe”. Both Daawat-e-Ishq and Kill Dil were unsuccessful at the box office. In 2014, she also appeared in the short film, Dor as Ria.
Hiatus and career fluctuations (2015–2020)
Chopra had a 3-year sabbatical from full-time acting, during which she portrayed Muskaan Raza Qureshi in Dishoom, appearing in the song “Jaaneman Aah”. Chopra returned to the screen in 2017 with Yash Raj Films’ romantic drama Meri Pyaari Bindu opposite Ayushmann Khurrana. The film tells the story of a writer who uses his heartbreak as fuel for his next book and Chopra played the titular character, Bindu Shankarnarayanan, an aspiring singer, whose story is told from the writer’s perspective. Anisha Jhaveri of IndieWire praised Chopra for “grounding Bindu with flickers of genuine sensitivity and vulnerability […] hinting that there’s more to the character behind that flighty surface.” Rajeev Masand called her performance “sincere”, but felt that the actress was given very less to work it thanks to the “flighty and fickle” nature of her character. She next starred opposite Ajay Devgn in Rohit Shetty‘s comedy Golmaal Again, the fourth installment in the Golmaal film series. Bollywood Hungama noted, “Chopra has a crucial character and from the first sequence itself, there’s an element of mystery surrounding her character that adds to the fun. She looks beautiful and does a good job.” The film broke several box office records and was eventually declared a blockbuster, thus becoming her highest-grossing film to date. It grossed over ₹311 crores (US$39 million) at the box office to become one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
Her second release of the year was Jabariya Jodi with Sidharth Malhotra, an action romantic comedy, based upon the tradition of groom kidnapping, prevalent in Bihar. The film received unanimously negative reviews and was a box office flop. Writing for NDTV, film critic Saibal Chatterjee felt that Chopra “punctuates her perky, no-nonsense girl persona with moments of demure docility” but “all the effort that she makes to traverse the gamut quickly ceases to convey any meaning in the absence of cohesion and clarity in the character’s motives.” Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express wrote that “Chopra, togged out in the most outlandish clothes Patna may have been witness to, seems to have got stuck in a rut of familiarity.”
Renewed critical recognition (2021–present)
Her first on-screen appearance in 2021 was The Girl on the Train, a Hindi remake of the British film of the same name based on the novel of the same name by British author Paula Hawkins, which was released on Netflix. The film was directed by Ribhu Dasgupta featuring Chopra as an alcoholic and troubled divorcee who gets embroiled in a murder investigation. It also featured Avinash Tiwary, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Kirti Kulhari. In a negative review for Firstpost, the film was criticized for “lacklustre writing” but her performance was praised as “sincere”, writing “She manages to embed herself in Mira’s tortured mind, giving this film its one selling point.” Chopra next starred opposite Arjun Kapoor in Dibakar Banerjee’s black comedy Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. Filmfare felt that the screen belonged to Chopra, writing “She’s the epicenter of the drama and has a multi-layered character that she plays around with. She swiftly moves from a strong unbreakable woman to a broken and vulnerable victim.” Times of India wrote, “Performance-wise, it’s a Parineeti show all the way. She gets ample scope to live Sandy’s multi-layered character, who is strong yet vulnerable and insecure. Parineeti gives it all to make Sandy’s intricate and hard-to-read persona likable and her performance is one of the few factors that hold the film’s uneven narrative together.” She received another Best Actress nomination at Filmfare.
Ribhu Dasgupta’s espionage thriller Code Name: Tiranga became Chopra’s first film of 2022. It received negative reviews and emerged as a commercial failure. Deepa Gahlot of Rediff.com wrote that Chopra “gets her fair share of the footage, but seems to equate scowling and squinting with the seriousness of purpose.” In her final film of the year, Chopra featured as Shraddha Gupta, a tour guide, in the ensemble film Uunchai, directed by Sooraj Barjatya under Rajshri Productions. Anuj Kumar of The Hindu opined that she “gets a half-baked character, and yet, she makes the most of it”.
Other ventures (Parineeti Chopra Biography)
In 2014, Chopra made her first appearance on television in Zee TV‘s India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj as a mentor. In 2015, she first did a cameo role of a doctor in the mini web series Man’s World. She then appeared as Mariama in the documentary Girl Rising India – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi, which premiered on Star Plus on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. In addition to this, she hosted the 3rd Stardust Awards with Ayushmann Khurana in 2013, the 11th Star Guild Awards with Kapil Sharma in 2015, and the second Times of India Film Awards with Riteish Deshmukh in 2016. She next appeared as a contestant on Star Plus’s Lip Sing Battle along with Karan Johar in 2017. In 2018, she hosted the 63rd Filmfare Awards with Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, and Khurana. Chopra made her television debut as a judge alongside Mithun Chakraborty and Johar on the reality show titled Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan, which premiered on Colors TV in 2022. She also appeared as a guest and contestant on Khatra Khatra Khatra, in the same year.
Chopra made her playback singing debut in 2017 with the song “Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin” and received praise for her vocal performance and singing. Bollywood Hungama praised Chopra and wrote, “One has to admit that she does a really good job in rendering this one. The kind of ‘thehrav’ that she brings with her singing is truly remarkable.” She received Screen Award for Best Female Playback and Mirchi Music Award for Upcoming Female Vocalist of The Year nominations. In 2019, Chopra recorded the female version of the song “Teri Mitti” for the film, Kesari, when the film entered the “Rs 150 cr club”. She sang the unplugged version of the song “Matlabi Yariyan” for the film The Girl on the Train in 2021.
In August 2016, Chopra performed in various cities in the United States for the “Dream Team 2016” tour, alongside Johar, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, and Badshah. According to Chopra, she felt “rejuvenated” post the Dream Team tour.
In addition to acting in films, Chopra is active in charity work and supports a number of causes. She walked the ramp at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week to support the Shabana Azmi Mijwan Welfare Society, an NGO dedicated to empowering girls. She also appeared on NDTV’s Greenathon, an initiative to support eco-friendliness and investigate poor electricity supplies in rural villages, to lend her support. Chopra was appointed as the brand ambassador for the ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ campaign to promote the cause of girl children in the Haryana government in 2015. In 2016, she was seen on the TV show Mission Sapne, where she helped 13-year-old Bhavna Suthalya secure a better future.
In 2019, Chopra spoke about her personal experience of battling depression. Chopra has been outspoken on issues such as weight gain and body shaming. She said, “Body shaming is the most ridiculous thing on earth. It is something natural and what you are born with. But every human being should strive to be their fittest. They shouldn’t strive to be the skinniest. You can be fit at your body type.” On being criticized for her weight, she said, “I agreed with them that I wasn’t looking my best. I wasn’t doing my best for my fitness. I think I would have gotten hurt if I was doing everything that I could and I was really my fittest, and then people didn’t like the way I looked. I think that would have affected me. But I agreed with them because I knew I wasn’t doing my best.”
Chopra also spoke on the pay gap in Bollywood. She said, “I always felt like I deserved a little bit more but I only got this much. But then girls do a lot of endorsements so we kind of make it up. So that is why I never talk about it (pay parity) because the boys don’t do as many endorsements as girls. I hope I’m right. We do so many beauty commercials and hair commercials like so many brands and I think we kind of cover it up.” She received severe criticism for her statement.
Artistry and screen persona (Parineeti Chopra Biography)
Following her debut, Chopra was regarded as one of the most promising actresses in Hindi cinema. For her portrayal of brash, loud-mouthed Dimple Chaddha in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Rajeev Masand said that “she steals the film from under the nose of its leads”. She was termed Bollywood’s “Girl Next Door”. She is noted for her acting versatility.
The actress’ roles and performances have been studied by critics. NDTV noted, “[Chopra]….is as far removed from the standard Bollywood bombshell as it is possible for a lead actress to be. She’s more girl next door than glamour doll, with no obvious oomph in evidence, and freely confesses to a battle with the weighing scale”. The Indian Express labeled her the “brightest and talented” newcomer of this generation, noting “her infectious amount of energy”. While discussing her career in a 2013 article, CNN-IBN noted, “[she]….is one of the few actresses in the current lot who has a strong screen presence which demands absolute attention from the viewer. When she is on screen, one can’t notice other actors—Parineeti engages you in such a way”. Filmfare noted, “She’s not only an actress with great screen presence, but also a loveable personality off-screen….quite the complete package”.
Chopra says, “I never think, speak, or act diplomatically.” She further says she stays “focused on her character or a scene and enjoys being this new person”. In an interview with Hindustan Times, Chopra revealed that she intends to do films where she has a lot to perform, and not films that have high production value. She said,
“I have been offered so many films and they might be great for an actor commercially, but my personal belief is to invest my time in projects that I will be proud of. I don’t want to do a film that will get me money and has a huge star cast and a big director. I want to do films where I have a lot to do. I don’t want to do a film in which I only get to dance or do a couple of songs. I really want meaty roles.”
Public image (Parineeti Chopra Biography)
Chopra has appeared in Forbes India‘s Celebrity 100 list since 2013. She debuted at 77th position with an estimated annual income of ₹53.6 million (US$670,000). In 2019, with an estimated annual income of ₹125 million (US$1.6 million), she peaked at 41st position.
The actress appeared on Verve‘s list of most powerful women in 2011. She ranked 2nd in Times of India‘s Most Promising Newcomer of 2011. In its 50 Most Desirable Women List, she ranked 44th in 2013. In 2012 and 2014, Rediff.com placed her in their list of the top 10 Bollywood actresses. She was placed in The Indian Express‘s Top 10 Bollywood Actresses of 2013 List. Chopra also appeared on the most searched celebrities list of 2014. In Eastern Eye‘s 50 Sexiest Asian Women List, she ranked 14th in 2013 and 33rd in 2015.
Apart from charity work, she serves as an ambassador for a number of brands. Chopra endorses brand such as Kurkure, Nivea, Maaza and Spinz, WeChat, Pantene, Vadilal, and Mahindra scooty. She became the first Bollywood star to endorse products from both Coke (Maaza) and PepsiCo (Kurkure) at the same time. Chopra is also the brand ambassador of ADEX India and Jovees Herbal.
Chopra has been known for her unfiltered opinions. When Alia Bhatt was asked whom she would like to gift the book, ‘Style for Dummies’.: “I don’t want to offend anyone but, because I think Parineeti is such a good actor, (but) I think she can do much better in that zone. She has a very pretty face,” she says. Parineeti, instead of hitting back, actually took the suggestion in good humor. She said, “So true, I need them (styling tips). I’m learning and getting better, though.” Over the years, Chopra has impressed fashion critics with her impeccable sense of style.
For her role in Code Name: Tiranga, she learned Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art developed for the Israel Defense Forces. Chopra received India UK Achievers Honours as Outstanding Achiever in the “Arts, Entertainment, Culture” category in 2023. She is also one of the most followed celebrities on social media with over 39.9 million Instagram and 14.6 million Twitter followers.
Filmography (Parineeti Chopra Biography)
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2011||Ladies vs Ricky Bahl||Dimple Chaddha|
|2012||Ishaqzaade||Zoya “Joya” Qureshi|
|2013||Shuddh Desi Romance||Gayatri|
|2014||Hasee Toh Phasee||Dr. Meeta Solanki|
|Daawat-e-Ishq||Gulrez “Gullu” Qadir|
|2016||Dishoom||Muskaan Raza Qureshi||Cameo appearance|
|2017||Meri Pyaari Bindu||Bindu Shankar Narayanan|
|Golmaal Again||Khushi Chauhan|
|2018||Namaste England||Jasmeet Kaur Randhawa|
|Jabariya Jodi||Babli Yadav|
|2021||The Girl on the Train||Mira Kapoor|
|Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar||Sandeep “Sandy” Kaur Walia|
|2022||Code Name: Tiranga||Durga Devi Singh / Ismat|
|2013||3rd Stardust Awards||Co-host|
|2014||India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj||Mentor||Special appearance|
|Yeh Hai Aashiqui||Meeta Solanki|
|2015||11th Star Guild Awards||Co-host|
|Man’s World||Doctor||Web series; cameo appearance|
|2016||3rd TOIFA Awards||Co-host|
|2017||Lip Sing Battle||Contestant|
|2018||63rd Filmfare Awards||Co-host|
|Kasautii Zindagii Kay||Babli Yadav||Special appearance|
|2022||Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan||Judge|
|Khatra Khatra Khatra||Herself||Guest|
|2015||Girl Rising India – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi||Mariama||Hindi version of Richard E. Robbins’s film.|
Discography (Parineeti Chopra Biography)
|2017||Meri Pyaari Bindu||“Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin”||Sachin–Jigar|
|“Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahi (Duet)”||Sonu Nigam|
|2019||Kesari||“Teri Mitti (Female)”||Arko|
|2021||The Girl on the Train||“Matlabi Yariyan” (Unplugged)||Vipin Patwa|
BIG Star Entertainment Awards
The BIG Star Entertainment Awards is an annual event organized by the Reliance Broadcast Network. Chopra has received one award from six nominations.
|2012||Ishaqzaade||Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Role – Female||Nominated|
|2013||Shuddh Desi Romance||Nominated|
|Most Entertaining Film Actor – Female||Nominated|
|Most Entertaining Actor in a Comedy Film – Female||Nominated|
|2014||Hasee Toh Phasee||Won|
|Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Female||Nominated|
FICCI Frames Excellence Honours
The FICCI Frames Excellence Honours is an annual award ceremony organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Parineeti has won one award.
|2012||Ladies vs Ricky Bahl||Best Female Debut||Won|
The Filmfare Awards are presented annually by The Times Group for the excellence of cinematic achievements in Hindi cinema. Chopra has received one award from five nominations.
|2011||Ladies vs Ricky Bahl||Best Female Debut||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2013||Shuddh Desi Romance||Nominated|
|2022||Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar||Nominated|
Chopra has one nomination at the Gold Awards.
|2023||The Girl on the Train||Best Actress in a Leading Role – OTT||Nominated|
Screen Awards (Parineeti Chopra Biography)
The Screen Awards are annually presented by the Indian Express Limited to honor the excellence of cinematic achievements in Hindi and Marathi cinema. Chopra has received one award from seven nominations.
|2012||Ladies vs Ricky Bahl||Most Promising Newcomer – Female||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2014||Shuddh Desi Romance||Nominated|
|Best Actress (Popular Choice)||Nominated|
|2015||Hasee Toh Phasee||Nominated|
|2017||Meri Pyaari Bindu||Best Female Playback Singer (for Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin)||Nominated|
|Year||Recipient||Award / Organisation||Category||Result|
|2014||Parineeti Chopra||Vogue Beauty Awards||Flawless Face||Won|
|2015||Gr8 Women Awards||Contribution to Cinema||Won|
|Arab Indo-Bollywood Awards||Arab Youth Icon (Female)||Won|
|2016||Vogue Beauty Awards||Inspirational Icon Award||Won|
|HT India’s Most Stylish Awards||HT Most Stylish Youth Icon (Female)||Won|
|2017||HT India’s Most Stylish Awards||Youth Icon Of The Year (Female)||Won|
|2018||HT India’s Most Stylish Awards||Style Gamechanger (Female)||Won|
|2022||Pinkvilla Style Icons Awards||Super Stylish Mould –Breaker (Female)||Won|
|2023||India UK Achievers Honours||Outstanding Achiever (Arts, Entertainment & Culture)||Won|
|2011||Verve‘s Most Powerful Women||Rank #4|
|2012||The Times of India’s Most Promising Newcomer of 2011||Rank #2|
|Rediff.com’s Bollywood’s Best Actresses List||Rank #6|
|2013||Eastern Eye‘s 50 Sexiest Asian Women List||Rank #14|
|2014||Rediff.com’s Bollywood’s Best Actresses List||Rank #6|
|Most Searched Celebrities of 2014||Rank #18|
|2015||Eastern Eye‘s 50 Sexiest Asian Women List||Rank #33|
Chopra is a recipient of a National Film Award – Special Mention for Ishaqzaade (2012) and a Filmfare Best Female Debut for Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011). Additionally, she has been nominated for four more Filmfare Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011) and Best Actress for Ishaqzaade (2012), Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar.