Category Archives: Parineeti Chopra

Zee Studios International to release ‘Kesari’ in UK cinemas

This March, the roar of 21 Sikh patriots will be heard once again: Megastar Akshay Kumar stars in one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, KESARI. An epic period drama based on an unbelievable true story, KESARI is heading to the cinemas in the UK through Zee Studios on 21st March 2019.

Starring Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Bhagyashree, and Mir Sarwar, KESARI is a true testament to bravery, courage and heroism.  The film tells the untold story of the British Indian contingent comprising 21 Sikh soldiers who were attacked by around 10,000 Afghans. The 21 Sikh soldiers decided to hold fort and fight with valour, for a battle which is considered as one of history’s greatest last-stands.

KESARI is directed by Anurag Singh and produced by Hiroo Yash Johar, Aruna Bhatia, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Sunir Kheterpal. The film is also co-produced by Amar Butala and written by Girish Kohli and Anurag Singh.

The film was shot on location at Wai in Maharashtra and Spiti Valley in India, with no expense spared in recreating the historic battle. Audiences can expect state-of-the-art visual effects blended with live stunts for some of the film’s most exciting scenes. With spectacular choreography, stunning visuals and grand sets, audiences will be transported to the battle of Saragarhi.

KESARI also features a powerful soundtrack, filled with romance and stirring tributes to Sikh pride and power that will rouse the patriot in every audience member.

Speaking about his role in the film, Akshay Kumar said “I have had one of the best times doing the action sequences for KESARI because they were so raw. It was completely out of the world. The very premise of the film is something which swells my chest with pride.”

KESARI promises to inspire audiences with an action packed and poignant story of true bravery, valour and the meaning of sacrifice in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Arjun and Parineeti’s dedication floors Dibakar

Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra have spent months finishing shooting of Yash Raj Film’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar – the most challenging shoot schedule of their career. From shooting in bone-chilling climatic conditions near the Indo-Nepal border, to Arjun’s gruelling three-month training with the cops, to Parineeti lying down in one spot for six hours in freezing cold on a mud floor without eating or drinking, to taking local trains and braving mobs, to living in tents while shooting at the border, to trekking hills – Arjun and Parineeti have showcased incredible commitment as actors to shoot this gritty, edgy, realistic thriller.

Arjun SAPF

“Arjun Kapoor can’t stop doing retakes even in conditions that are immensely challenging. We’re shooting a very intense scene in a deserted field in the middle of the night in freezing cold. The whole crew is in three layers. Arjun and Parineeti are dressed for a mild-September evening. It’s a stunt scene where they have to fall repeatedly on the cold hard ground. Arjun gives eighteen takes of falling on his back (which is injured anyway), while carrying Parineeti’ s weight on him all the time. In the confined backseat of a car, where he can’t even turn properly, he’s holding a gun, Parineeti, acting, emoting, while protecting Parineeti from physical injury where the scene is about him roughing Parineeti up! I challenge anyone to do this at 50 km/hour on the Delhi-Gurgaon highway and still give a stellar performance – like he did. We couldn’t have finished this film on schedule without his absolute focus and courage under fire. Very, very cool, and very generous to his co actors and the crew – while totally focussed on his craft,” says Dibakar.

These photographs capture the world of Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, an entertainer that is set to release on 3rd August 2018. Remote, and real, these locations form the backdrop of the story and highlight the thrill and intrigue. Arjun and Parineeti seamlessly blended into the scenes, looking and acting their parts to the T. 

Parineeti Chopra

Dibakar adds, “We are in this small mud hut somewhere seven thousand feet up in December. Parineeti has been lying on the floor for about two hours in freezing cold as we set up shot after shot. The camera is looking down on her from six inches away. She is supposed to be unconscious. She came to the set not having had breakfast, not slept the night before, and not drunk any water. The makeup happens while she’s lying down and then she has to shoot lying still in the freezing cold for six hours. Then in the falling sunlight she has to scream out loud take after take till her voice goes completely.”

He adds, “Then she gives another shot where she is supposed to talk, and do a very dramatic scene while the unit is screaming to get the crowd out of the rapidly setting sun. Then she gives another shot, lying down in the night, eyes closed, unconscious – a fly settles down on her face, not a twitch. I get a long, still shot of an unconscious person with a fly on her face. Parineeti finishes the take and grins and says ‘makkhi ne acchi acting ki.’ Now, she has a two hour car ride back to the hotel that does not have any in room heating. This was a typical day for fifty days on the sets of Sandeep aur Pinky Faraar. Parineeti Chopra is world-class.”

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar reunites Arjun and Parineeti onscreen after their 2012 mega-hit Ishaqzaade.

 

‘Namaste England’ kicks off in Amritsar

The cast of Namastey England Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra along with director Vipul Amrutlal Shah seeked blessings at the famous Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Vipul Amrutlal Shah will be starting principal photography of the film in Amritsar followed by Ludhiana and Patiala.

Namastey England

Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra who will be reuniting for Namastey England visited Golden Temple to seek blessings before commencing their Amritsar schedule. The lead pair is all set to play Punjabi characters in the film.

Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Namastey England will be filmed at more than 75 location across the globe.

Jayantilal Gada [PEN] & Reliance Entertainment present a Blockbuster Movie Entertainers production, Namaste England is directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah.

YRF to release ‘Kill Dil’ in UK cinemas

Yash Raj Films will release their upcoming production Kill Dil in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014.

The production house has also today released the official poster of Kill Dil after the series of teaser character posters created a huge anticipation for the first look poster.

Kill Dil Poster

Synopsis: Once upon a time in North India, two killers – Dev(Ranveer Singh) and Tutu (Ali Zafar), roamed free. Abandoned when young and vulnerable,Bhaiyaji (Govinda) gave them shelter and… nurtured them to kill!

All is normal in their lives until destiny throws free-spirited Disha (Parineeti Chopra) into the mix.

What follows is a game of defiance, deception and love.

The film releases in UK cinemas on 14th November 2014 through Yash Raj Films.

Directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Aditya Chopra, Kill Dil is an entertaining thriller about guns and romance. The music has been composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics penned by Gulzar.

The trailer of the film will be released online on 18th September 2014. 

Parineeti Chopra’s challenging sequence in Daawat-e-Ishq

DEI (5)Parineeti Chopra will be seen driving an original Impala model from the year 1964 in Yash Raj Films’ next, Daawat-e-Ishq. To get used to the vehicle, the actress had to practice behind the wheel for a couple of hours before shooting for the scene.

The original Impala has mechanical settings that render the car extremely heavy, unlike the usual power steering cars. This made it tricky for Parineeti to drive the car effortlessly and the entire sequence proved a heavy-duty challenge for the actress, requiring her to put in a lot of muscle while making it look natural.

The actress loves driving cars but she admits the Impala was a tough one, despite previously having handled a jeep in Ishaqzaade. In addition to mastering the Impala, the film required numerous other exciting challenges for Parineeti, not least of all learning fluent Urdu.

Yash Raj Films will release Daawat-E-Ishq in UK cinemas on 19th September 2014. 

 Watch the making of the film here:

 

Yash Raj Films to release ‘Daawat-e-Ishq’ in UK cinemas on 19th September

Prepare to fall in love with the most irresistible rom-com of 2014 as Yash Raj Films invites you to enjoy a cinematic feast for all the family when Daawat-e-Ishq opens in UK cinemas on 19th September.

A deliciously hearty comedy that’s brimming with feelgood ingredients, Daawat-E-Ishq will champion the hearts and taste buds of cinemagoers of all ages, prepared delicately with love and affection by seasoned filmmaker Habib Faisal and delivered to perfection by producer Aditya Chopra.

A filmic treat for foodies, film buffs and fans of world cinema alike, Daawat-e-Ishq is a delightful screen gem that will win over the appetites of audiences across the globe, uniting them in adulation through a beautifully crafted film recipe that’s filled with love, laughter, emotion, action, drama and indulgent measures of movie masala.

Movie magic is created by the crème of Bollywood’s new generation talent as Aditya Roy Kapur ignites the screen alongside Parineeti Chopra, respectively essaying the characters of loveable foodie flirt, Lucknow’s mashoor ‘Tariq’; and shoe salesgirl extraordinaire, Hyderabad ki azeez ‘Gulrez’! As the chemistry simmers and sizzles between them, sparks are sure to illuminate theatres the world over.

DawaatEIshq UK ReleaseAdding to the mouthwatering flavours is a charming supporting performance by screen veteran Anupam Kher. A treat for all the senses, Daawat-e-Ishq is perfectly complimented by a tantalising soundtrack courtesy of masterchefs of the recording studio, Sajid-Wajid, with each melodious track as catchy as the next, not least of all the addictive title song, which is currently dominating the airwaves in kitchens across the globe!

Synopsis: Meet Hyderabad ki tez ‘Gulrez’ (Parineeti Chopra) and Lucknow ka aashiq ‘Tariq’ (Aditya Roy Kapur) in a love story from Yash Raj Films’ kitchen, where love gets spicy, love gets sweet and love gets bitter!

A shoe-salesgirl, disillusioned with love because of her endless encounters with dowry-seeking opportunists; and a cook who can charm even the most hard-hearted with the aromas and flavours of his biryani and kebabs come face to face in a clash of the diametrically opposite but equally spicy cultures of Hyderabad and Lucknow.

In her quest to find her Mr. Universe, Gulrez comes up against “Big Boss Hyderi Kebab” and in the process of arriving at a “tuning-setting”, Gullu and Taru rewrite traditional recipes of love, crush old-fashioned world-views and make their own masaledaar albeli pichchar… a deliciously romantic and original Daawat-e-Ishq!

Fall in love with the most delicious and charming rom-com of 2014 as

Yash Raj Films will release Daawat-e-Ishq in UK cinemas on 19th September.

Listen: Daawat-E-Ishq Soundtrack

Dawaat E IshqYash Raj Music has released the soundtrack of YRF’s upcoming rom-com, Dawaat-E-Ishq.

From the talented music duo, “music chefs” Sajid-Wajid with delectable lyrics by Kausar Munir comes a  Daawat to savour 6 flavoursome tracks and one aromatic instrumental with generous measures of qawali which instantly envelope you with the zesty cultures of Hyderabad and Lucknow:

Daawat-E-Ishq – A fresh and modern Qawali with a beautiful amalgamation of the bulbultara and a rock grunge guitar
Singers: Javed Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan

Mannat – Fall in love with the tunes of the romantic rebab played with a very soulful Arabic composition
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Keerthi Sagathia
Reprise Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal

Rangreli – A very festive dance track celebrating the vibrant colors of love!
Singers: Wajid, Shreya Ghoshal

Shayarana – A soft and indulgent Rock ballad with dreamy lyrics
Singers: Shalmali Kholgade

Jaadu Tone Waaliyan – A passionate union of Rock and Sufi… a Sajid-Wajid masterpiece!
Singer: Shabab Sabri

Daawat-E-Ishq (Instrumental)
Arranged and Produced by: Hitesh Modak

Arrive at a “tuning-setting” Sajid-Wajid style as the sizzling pair of Lucknow ka Aashiq, Tariq, Aditya Roy Kapur and Hyderabab ki Tez Gulrez, Parineeti Chopra, make their own  masaledaar albeli rangreli pichchar… Daawat-e-Ishq!

Produced by Aditya Chopra, the film stars Anupam Kher, Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur and is written and directed by Habib Faisal. Dawaat-E-Ishq will release in UK cinemas on 5th September 2014 through Yash Raj Films.

Watch the trailer here:

 

 

Sidharth Malhotra defines ‘love’

Sidharth talks about loveBollywood heart-throb Sidharth Malhotra has said that “love can’t have any hidden agendas” and should be based on “a lot of friendship.”

The Student Of The Year actor will be seen in Karan Johar’s Hasee Toh Phasee in UK cinemas this Friday. The film is directed by Vinil Mathew and also stars Parineeti Chopra.

Speaking to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik, the 29-year-old said, “It’s odd to sum up love in a few words or sentences. But for me, love is spending time with someone, being understanding of what the other person needs and being secure. I hate somebody being insecure and not giving me space, but then again, I think that is all men (laughs).”

Sidharth further said, “There should be no pretense to love and can’t have any hidden agendas. To be in love with someone, it has to be an honest relationship and a lot of friendship. If you can have all these things and still enjoy the time you spend with someone, that is love.”

Malhotra also revealed that he believes spending time with someone alone gives one a better understanding of that person. “It also tells you a lot about a person if you go and spend some time alone with somebody. If you can manage to take break while you are dating and go away somewhere where you only have that person to talk to, that tells you a lot about how good your chemistry is.”

Hasee Toh Phasee releases in UK cinemas on 7th February 2014. 

Watch the new song from the film here:

“Hasee Toh Phasee hooked me completely” – Parineeti Chopra

Actress Parineeti Chopra, who will essay the role of a mad scientist in her forthcoming film Hasee Toh Phasee, says the movie kept her ‘hooked’.

Hasee Toh Phasee hooked me completely. I had to stay very focused. It is very easy in a romcom to either play a shy or a bubbly girl with a love story in the backdrop along with lovely songs and climax,” Parineeti said in a statement.

Directed by Vinil Matthew, the movie also features Sidharth Malhotra in the lead role. Matthew is all praise for the actress, who made her Bollywood debut with Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.

“Parineeti was my first choice for the role of Meeta as I felt that she alone could pull off the quirkiness that the character required. She is quite a hard-working actress and has done a great job with this film,” he said.

Produced by Dharma Productions and Phantom Films, Hasee Toh Phasee will release in UK cinemas on 7th February 2014.

Watch Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra promoting the film here:

Hasee Toh Phasee to release in UK cinemas on 7th Feb

Dharma Productions must-see romantic comedy film of-the-year Hasee Toh Phasee will release on 7th February 2014 through Reliance Entertainment .

Hasee Toh Phasee promises to be a rom-com with a difference, bringing together a star cast of emerging acting talent and accomplished film professionals, both in front of and behind the camera. The film is directed by Vinil Mathew.

Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra - Hasee Toh Phasee

Set across Mumbai, over a decade, the film is about the relationship between the quirky, rebellious Meeta (Parineeti Chopra – Ishaqzaade), and the mischievous Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra – Student Of The Year) struggling with their respective families to fit in. Nikhil bumps into Meeta on the occasion of her sister Deeksha’s wedding, while Meeta is on the run. He falls in love with Meeta’s sister Karishma on the same day.

The film jumps to the eve of Nikhil and Karishma’s engagement. Karishma’s wealthy father, Devesh Solanki, does not approve of Nikhil as he finds him to be a no-good young man. On the day of his engagement, Nikhil promises Karishma that he will prove himself to be worthy of her within the next seven days.

In an attempt to please Karishma he decides to let Meeta live in the flat above his own house, with his crazy extended family. During the course of Meeta’s stay the pair become close and open up to each other.

In the midst of this confusion, the truth about relationships is unfolded; the strength of unions is tested and love triumphs.

Watch the new romantic song from the film here:

Synopsis: ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’

Read on to find out the story of Dharma Productions’ forthcoming release, Hasee Toh Phasee:

Sidharth Malhotra in Hasee Toh Phasee UKSpread across Mumbai, over a decade the film is about the relationship between the quirky, rebellious Meeta (Parineeti Chopra), and the mischievous Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra) struggling with their respective families to fit in. Nikhil bumps into Meeta on the occasion of her sister Deeksha’s wedding while Meeta is on the run. He falls in love with Meeta’s sister Karishma on the same day.

The film jumps to the eve of Nikhil and Karishma’s engagement. Karishma’s wealthy father, Devesh Solanki, does not approve of Nikhil as he finds him to be a lackadaisical young man. On the day of his engagement, Nikhil promises Karishma that he will prove himself to be worthy of her within the next seven days.

Parineeti Chopra in Hasee Toh Phasee UKNikhil is re-introduced to Meeta by Karishma and is instructed to put her up in a hotel. Nikhil recognizes Meeta. In an attempt to please Karishma he decides to keep Meeta in the flat above his own house, with his crazy extended family. During the course of Meeta’s stay at Nikhil’s house, they come close to each other and open up to each other.

In the midst of this confusion, the truth of relationships is unfolded; the strength of unions is tested and love triumphs.

 

Hasee Toh Phasee releases on 7th February 2014.

UK Release Hasee Toh Phasee (3)

Watch: ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ Trailer

Dharma Productions and Phantom Films’ have released the first trailer of their upcoming movie Hasee Toh Phasee.

The film is directed by Vinil Mathew and stars Sidharth Malhotra as Nikhil and Parineeti Chopra as Meeta. 

Hasee Toh Phasee is set to release in UK cinemas on 7th Feb, 2014 through Reliance Entertainment.

Hassee Toh Phassee - UK Release

Trailer: Shuddh Desi Romance

Shuddh Desi Romance - UKAfter the cool and vibrant buzz created by the teaser trailers, the eagerly awaited theatrical trailer of Yash Raj Films’ Shuddh Desi Romance is out!

Catch mann ka maalik aur dil ka naukar, Raghu (Sushant Singh Rajput), Gayatri (Parineeti Chopra), jo pyaar-vyaar ke chakkar paka kar tang aa chuki hai, aur aazaad panchi, Tara (played by debutant Vaani Kapoor), in the very enjoyable and refreshing trailer from YRF’s Shuddh Desi Romance, which also stars the lovable and endearing Rishi Kapoor.

The film is directed by Maneesh Sharma, written by Jaideep Sahni, and produced by Aditya Chopra.

Does what starts physical always turn into love? And what reaches love, always turn into commitment? How do you figure out? From the director of Band Baaja Baaraat and the writer of Chak De! India, comes a fresh and very real love story about the hair raising minefield between love, attraction and commitment.

The trailer was launched at a unique event at the heritage and iconic Raj Mandir Cinema Hall in Jaipur, with Sushant and Parineeti, who recollected the wonderful time they had in the city while shooting the film.

Shuddh Desi Romance — a romantic comedy that finally tells it like it is, releases in UK cinemas and worldwide on 13th September 2013.

YRF presents ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’

Yash Raj Films has cast Sushant Singh Rajput of Kai Po Che fame in their upcoming release, Shuddh Desi Romance. 

From the director of Band Baaja Baaraat and the writer of Chak De! India, comes a fresh and very real love story about the hair-raising minefield between love, attraction and commitment — Shuddh Desi Romance — a romantic comedy that tells it like it is.

Shuddh Desi Romance

Starring in this classy, candid look at the affairs of the heart in today’s desi heartland are the endearing Rishi Kapoor, exceptionally talented Sushant Singh Rajput, and the versatile Parineeti Chopra, along with debutant Vaani Kapoor.

Shuddh Desi Romance is directed by Maneesh Sharma, written by Jaideep Sahni, and produced by Aditya Chopra

The film releases in UK cinemas and worldwide on 13th September 2013 through Yash Raj Films.

 

 

 

Aditya Roy Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra come together!

Parineeti in London (2)After the very successful and critically acclaimed Ishaqzaade, Habib Faisal is back to helm the next YRF project.

The current sensation and popular Aditya Roy Kapoor will pair up with the versatile Parineeti Chopra who was recognised and much admired for her role in Faisal’s earlier film for which she was conferred with the National Award – Special Mention, amongst several other accolades.

Produced by Aditya Chopra, the as yet untitled film is written and directed by Habib Faisal, and goes on floor in September this year.

The film is slated for a mid-2014 release.

‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ kicks off

Sidharth and Parineeti - Hasee Toh PhaseeSidharth Malhotra began shooting for Hasee Toh Phasee with co-star Parineeti Chopra on Thursday 18th April. “Nothing like facing the camera,” said Sidharth excitedly for his second screen outing.

Elaborating more on his role, he plays a more relatable character in this film. “It isn’t an over-the-top role . And unlike my previous film Student Of The Year, where I played a student, I play my age and am shown as a middle-class working man,” said Sidharth.

Also admiring co-star Parineeti, Sidharth said “Parineeti has lot of spunk, energy and there is a good give-and-take with her” and admitted that her role had “more quirkiness” to it.

Parineeti who is working with Sidharth for the first time opinionates Sidharth to be “a superb co-star” who “never gets worked up”.

Talking about her character she adds, “My character is quite a difficult one. I deliberately choose roles that make me nervous. I do a lot of homework and until I get it right, I don’t give up”.

Both Sidharth and Parineeti are happy about working with debutant director Vinil Mathew, a veteran ad filmmaker.

“It didn’t feel like the first day of shoot because he is so sorted and knows exactly what he wants. He made us rehearse a lot during a two month workshop before shooting began”, revealed Sidharth.

“Also our producers, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl visited us on the sets. We will have enough people to give their inputs on the film’s creative,” he added.

Hasee Toh Phasee, co-produced by Dharma Productions and Phantom Films, releases  on 24th January 2014.

Varun Dhawan, Imran Khan and Parineeti Chopra want you to meet ‘Gippi’

Dharma Productions has released three more videos of Bollywood actors inviting fans to meet Gippi on 1st April. 

The videos feature Student Of The Year star Varun Dhawan, actress Parineeti Chopra and actor Imran Khan talking about the leading character of the film; Gippi

The production house earlier released videos of Arjun Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt.

Gippi is directed by Sonam Nair and stars Riya Vij and Taaha Shah and will be released in UK cinemas on 10th May 2013.

The trailer of the film is due to release today on Dharma Productions’ official YouTube channel and has been playing in UK cinemas since Friday before UTV’s Himmatwala.

 

Interview: Parineeti Chopra talks to BollyNewsUK about studying in the UK, movies and more

Bollywood star Parineeti Chopra at Manish Malhotra Fashion Fundraiser in London for The Angeli FoundationBollywood star Parineeti Chopra spoke to BollyNewsUK ahead of walking the ramp for Manish Malhotra’s show in London last month.

You studied in Manchester before joining the film industry in Mumbai. How were your days here?
(Laughs) I still miss my days here. I love what I do right now; acting. My university days were just really special. The time I spent here was my first interim independent life experience, which I really loved. I was lucky enough to be in a great city. Manchester is very student friendly and I every time I come back, I have to go there because I have great memories of the place.

Did you have to keep it a secret that you are related to a well-known Bollywood star (Priyanka Chopra)?
All my close friends knew that I am related to Priyanka because I showed it off proudly. At least all mt best friends at University always knew it. There was not any problem. But yes, it did spread after a while and people would ask me questions about her. However, when I come back here now, it’s very different because they used to say that my sister (cousin) is an actress and today I am an actress. It’s very different but still exciting.

You are in London to walk the ramp at Manish Malhotra’s charity fundraiser for The Angeli Foundation. How did that come about?
I am one of the few lucky actresses to be associated with Manish Malhotra. I have walked for him thrice, in three different shows, in Dubai, Delhi and Mumbai. I am also associated with the Mijwan foundation in India, which also helps the girl child. Malnutrition and girl children are two causes that I am associated with, in India. When The Angeli Foundation show happened, Manish called me for it. I did not have to think about it because it is a cause I completely support and a designer I know and always works for good causes. It was also in a city that I love (laughs). I decided that I have to be here.

Bollywood star Parineeti Copra stuns audiences at Manish Malhotra Fashion Fundraiser in London for The Angeli FoundationAre nervous to walk the ramp in London?
No, I am not nervous (laughs). I am very excited. I never thought I will come back here for work. I never thought I will be recognised here. It is winter and I am wrapped up, but still there were a few people who recognised me. Last time, when I came to London in summer, it was just surprised that so many people recognised me. I used to walk these same streets four years ago in a very different world and frame of mind. Today it’s very different but positive. I thank God for that. I was living here alone and whenever I came to London it was with my friends or family. I did everything without thinking. Today, there are certain places I have to think twice about, before visiting. I have to always think about how I am dressed. But if these things would not happen, I would be very depressed. As an actor, you look for recognition. If I would not be recognised, I would be very depressed.

Ishaqzaade did not release in the UK. Were you disappointed?
Of course, you should ask YRF why they did not release it here (laughs).

An international cut was to be released in the overseas market. It has not happened so far. What is the update on that?
Frankly, I am not in a position to say what is happening with the international cut. I am aware that there was supposed to be a second release. However, with newcomers like Arjun and I, it was a huge risk to release it in the overseas market even though it was a big budget film in the same week of release as India. Hence, Aditya Chopra, Avtar ( YRF – International) and the international distribution team decided not to release it here. Why the international cut has not come out, only the international distribution team will be able to tell you (laughs). If I think selfishly, only as an actor, I would have loved it to release everywhere. The film has done extremely well in India and people abroad have managed to see it either on DVD or legally online, which is great. If there have been releases with newcomers after that, they had more confidence to release them abroad. I think, Ishaqzaade started that and I am very proud of the fact (laughs). I hope the international cut is released very soon.

The title of your next film with Sidharth Malhotra is quite fun and unique; Hasee Toh Phasee (If she smiles, she is mine)
(Laughs) Yes. They are talking about me obviously.

Sidharth and Parineeti - Hasee Toh PhaseeIt should be the other way around because you have a lovely smile.
(Laughs) So it should be him when I smile. I think, I’ll be doing that in the film (laughs). I think, titles always need to create interest because that is the only thing out there before anything else. 
Everybody is saying good things about it and it fits into the film really well. I wish I could tell you more about the film but I am not allowed.

What other films are you currently doing besides Hasee Toh Phasee?
I have a three film deal with Yash Raj Films. I am currently shooting the third film, directed by Maneesh Sharma with Sushant Singh Rajput. His film Kai Po Che just released. I am shooting for the film immediately when I go back to India. I start Hassee Toh Phasee in mid-April and finish it in in July or August. I then start Shaad Ali’s film in August. There are two more films that are locked but I can’t talk about.

 
The film directed by Shaad Ali is with Ali Zafar right?


Yes, Ali Zafar plays the second lead but I am paired opposite Ranveer Singh. There will be two guys and me (smiles).

You turned down a film with Akshay Kumar..
Yes, that film was offered to me but it was not a script I wanted to be a part of. It was not something I wanted to do because there was not much to do for the girl. I want to work with Akshay one day because he is also one of my favourite actors. I will work with him one day.

Your cousin sister Priyanka Chopra has made her foray into music as a recording artist. I saw a video of yours singing a song from Ishaqzaade. Is singing something you want to pursue later on in your career?
You know, sometimes I love singing more than acting. I have been singing since I was three. She came into the music world in a big way. If I get an offer like hers, if that ever happens to me, I would definitely take it up. I would love to playback for myself one day. Singing is my passion.

Parineeti Chopra rejects three films with Varun Dhawan

Bollywood star Parineeti Copra stuns audiences at Manish Malhotra Fashion Fundraiser in London for The Angeli FoundationThe new YRF favourite Parineeti Chopra flew to the UK to walk the ramp for Manish Malhotra’s charity fundraiser in London on Saturday, 23rd February, in aid of The Angeli Foundation.

The 24-year-old Ishaqzaade star spoke to Bollywood reporter Sunny Malik, ahead of the show and revealed that she turned down not one or two, but three films opposite new Btown heartthrob Varun Dhawan, who made his debut with Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year.

While it was rumored that Parineeti was impressed with Varun Dhawan’s performance in Student Of The Year and asked common friends for his number, the two actors have not been signed for a film, yet. However, Karan Johar has signed his other debutant, Sidharth Malhotra opposite Parineeti in Hasee Toh Phasee.

When asked why she has not been paired opposite Dhawan yet, Chopra said, “I was offered, I think maybe, three films with Varun (Dhawan). The films were either clashing with other films or there were scripts, I did not want to be a part of at that point of time. None of the films happened but I was paired with Sid (Sidharth Malhotra). As I was signed for the film before him, I was very excited when I heard that he came on board because it is a great script. I wanted to work with Dharma Productions, obviously. Everything is working out.”

“But I really want to work with Varun. I think, he and I share this energy as people. It will be a lot of fun working with him on set,” added Chopra.