By Shama Bhagat
Her rivalry with Alia Bhatt
“Alia loves me so much that she keeps praising me,” chirped Pari (that’s her pet name).
“I am not such a big actress,” she quipped, adding, “We (she and Alia) knew each other before becoming actresses. And she has been very sweet to me. I am sure Alia is going to be the biggest star of the future.”
Refusing a film with Salman Khan
“I refused the offers (with Salman Khan and another prominent Bollywood hero) because the roles were not good enough. I would definitely love to work with Salman Khan provided I get the right script. Many scripts were offered to me but I didn’t accept them as I didn’t have much to do in those films,” explains Pari.
“One should be able to take back home some good memories and good scenes that I can be proud of,” she said.When I do a certain film I should be able to say I did that scene. I want to be proud of the films I do. I have nothing against those films (where the heroine is just an arm candy to the hero) as they are great films too. When I really feel that I want to have some fun on the sets (instead of putting up some good work), I will sign those films,” adds the actress.
Giving in to the two-piece bikini
“I will wear a bikini if there is a requirement for it,” announces the actress, only to clarify as quickly. “But not in this film (Hasee Toh Phasee). The story is set in Delhi and I cannot wear a bikini in Lajpat Nagar. At the moment I don’t think I will take that step.”
“Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl did not required me to look thin, while in Ishaqzaade, I just had to look toned and aggressive. Neither did I have to lose weight for Shuddh Desi Romance. So I never bothered my weight, but I was sick of looking at myself (in the mirror) as I could not even wear a sleeveless garment. Every time I tried new clothes I was worried about the bulges jutting out,” she admits rather candidly.
“I have never gone on a diet earlier. I always believed in working out, but I don’t get any time for a workout regime too, as I am busy shooting back-to-back. The only way to lose weight is to diet. I have a very glamorous look in the film. I am not just losing weight for the film, but I genuinely felt that I should look good and wear better clothes. When I see other actresses looking good, I started telling myself, ‘Why not me?’ I have decided to give dieting a proper and serious shot,” says Parineeti with endearing candour.
Losing out all the awards to Deepika Padukone
“I have been nominated everywhere. I am glad that Deepika won all the awards this year as she deserved them. Had I won any award, I would have felt bad. The kind of work that Deepika has done, she truly deserved all the awards,” she says.
“The very fact that I didn’t choose films that were typical proves that I am not the kind of actress who will take up a film because it will do Rs 100 crore business. Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl was not a typical debut. There were four other actors too in the film, yet I won awards. Shuddh Desi Romance too got great reviews and Ishaqzaade was a superb film. All my films have done well,” she says, with a hint of arrogance in her voice.
“I am dying to work with Govinda in Kill Dil and I am a big fan of director Shaad Ali,” she confesses.
The real Parineeti
“I can smell anything; my sense of smell is really really strong. My whole team is aware, so they make sure that the car smells good. They have to wear perfume when they are with me. I am sure I will find my husband through my nose,” she grins.
“Stardom comes after giving many hits and I have yet to go a long way,” comes the parting shot from her.
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