Parineeti Chopra ( born 22 October 1988) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films. Chopra is a recipient of several accolades, including a Filmfare and National Film Award. She has appeared in Forbes India‘s Celebrity 100 list since 2013.
After obtaining a triple honours 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 an acclaimed performance in the 2011 romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, winning the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and a Best Supporting Actress nomination. She followed it by garnering widespread critical 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 first two of these earned her two nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. After a three-year hiatus from full-time acting, her career saw fluctuations with occasional successful films with the comedy Golmaal Again (2017) and the war drama Kesari (2019) in between. In 2021, Chopra earned renewed critical acclaim for her leading roles in the black comedy Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and the biographical sports drama Saina.
In addition to her acting career, Chopra is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products. She made her singing debut with Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin, which garnered her praise. She has sung several other songs, including Teri Mitti. In 2022, Chopra ventured into television by judging the reality show Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan on Colors TV.
Early life and work
Parineeti 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 honours 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. Honours 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, Chopra realised 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. When YRF producer Aditya Chopra saw the tape he was impressed with her acting. Chopra was then signed to a three-film deal.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2011||Ladies vs Ricky Bahl||Dimple Chaddha|
|2013||Shuddh Desi Romance||Gayatri|
|2014||Hasee Toh Phasee||Meeta Solanki|
|Daawat-e-Ishq||Gulrez “Gullu” Qadir|
|2016||Dishoom||Muskaan Raza Qureshi||Cameo appearance|
|2017||Meri Pyaari Bindu||Bindu Shankarnarayanan|
|Golmaal Again||Khushi Chauhan|
|2018||Namaste England||Jasmeet Kaur Randhawa|
|Jabariya Jodi||Babli Yadav|
|2021||The Girl on the Train||Mira Kapoor||Netflix film|
|Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar||Sandeep “Sandy” Walia|
|2022||Untitled Ribhu Dasgupta’s film||TBA||Completed|
|2013||3rd Stardust Awards||Host||with Ayushmann Khurrana|
|2014||India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj||Mentor||Singing Reality show (Appearance)|
|2015||11th Star Guild Awards||Host||with Kapil Sharma|
|Man’s World||Doctor||Mini web-series; cameo appearance|
|2016||3rd Times of India Film Awards||Host||with Riteish Deshmukh|
|2017||Lip Sing Battle||Contestant||with Karan Johar|
|2018||63rd Filmfare Awards||Host||with SRK, Karan and Ayushmann|
|2022||Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan||Judge|
|Khatra Khatra Khatra||Herself||Guest|
|IIFA Rocks||Host||with Karan Johar|
|2014||Dor||Ria||Short film debut|||
|2015||Girl Rising India – Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi||Mariama||Hindi version of Richard E. Robbins’s film.|
|2019||Frozen II||Anna||English||Hindi version|||
|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|
Awards and nominations
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 three more Filmfare Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011) and Best Actress for Ishaqzaade (2012) and Shuddh Desi Romance (2013).