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Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra  born 22 October 1988 in Ambala, (Haryana) is an Indian film actress who appears in Hindi films. Chopra wanted to become an investment banker, but after obtaining a triple honours degree (in business, finance and economics) from Manchester Business School she returned to India during the 2009 economic recession and joined Yash Raj Films as a public relations consultant. Later, she signed a three-film deal with the company.

Chopra made her screen debut with a supporting role in the 2011 romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, which was moderately successful at the box office. Her portrayal of a Delhi-based rich brat, Dimple Chadda, drew critical appreciation. Chopra went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The following year she was the lead (Zoya, a feisty tomboy) in the romantic drama Ishaqzaade, a critical and commercial success. Chopra's performance won wide critical acclaim, earning several nominations in the Best Actress category (including Filmfare) the actress won the National Film Award – Special Mention at the 60th National Film Awards.

Chopra has several projects in production, and is filming Maneesh Sharma's next film. In addition to acting in films, she is active in humanitarian work, has a number of endorsement deals and is regarded as one of the most promising actresses in Hindi cinema.
LIFE AND WORK

Chopra was born on 22 October 1988 in Ambala, Haryana into a Punjabi family. Her father, Pawan Chopra, is a businessman and supplier to the Indian Army at Ambala Cantonment. Chopra's mother is named Reena, and she has two brothers Shivang and Saraj actress Priyanka Chopra is her cousin. Chopra received her early education at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ambala Cantonment. She had always wanted to become an investment banker "I've always been a really good student and wanted to become an investment banker in London". Chopra received a triple honours degree in business, finance and economics from Manchester Business School in the United Kingdom. In 2009 she returned to India in the wake of the economic recession and moved to Mumbai to stay with her cousin, Priyanka. During a visit to Yash Raj Films studio, Priyanka (who was filming Pyaar Impossible!) introduced Parineeti to the head of the PR team. Chopra obtained an internship in the marketing department, 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. Ironically, Chopra had disliked actors and acting; to her, the profession seemed like an excuse to wear too much makeup. While working and observing actors, however, her perception changed: "I realized I never understood acting and my respect for the profession increased".

ACTING CAREER

While working on promotions for Band Baaja Baaraat, Chopra realized that she wanted to become an actress and decided to resign from her executive position with the company to attend acting school. Maneesh Sharma suggested signing Chopra to Aditya Chopra, vice-president of Yash Raj Films. Appalled by the idea of recruiting someone from his marketing team as an actress, the officer refused. When Parineeti Chopra told Sharma she was leaving her job to attend acting school he advised her to meet the company's casting director, who asked her 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, never expecting producer Aditya Chopra to see the tape. However, when the producer saw the tape he was impressed with her acting. With Sharma calling her "phenomenal" in the screen test, Chopra was signed to a three-film deal, Chopra's colleagues later told her she was a "misfit in an office situation".

In 2011 Chopra made her screen debut in the romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, in a supporting role with Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. The film describes how three girls who are tricked by a con artist avenge 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. She has the best role, the best lines and hers is the best performance among the three. In fact.The film earned her several awards, including the Filmfare Award, the Screen Award, the Apsara Award and the IIFA Award for best debut. Chopra also received nominations in the supporting category (including Filmfare) and won the Apsara and IIFA Awards for best supporting actress.

Chopra's second release, and her first lead role, was Habib Faisal's romantic drama Ishaqzaade with Arjun Kapoor. The film revolves around two political families, whose rivalry (and mutual hatred) go back generations. Chopra played the boisterous and feisty tomboy Zoya, a Muslim girl who marries a Hindu boy and gives birth to new rivalry in both families. The film received positive reviews from critics, and Chopra earned critical acclaim for her performance. She looks very good and acts like a song. Arjun and Parineeti’s on-screen chemistry and excellent performances are the highlights of the film." The film grossed over INR46 crore (US$8.5 million) at the domestic box office, and was credited as a super hit. Chopra earned a National Film Award – Special Mention at the 60th National Film Awards, receiving her first nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, Screen and Apsara awards.

Chopra is filming Maneesh Sharma's next film, with Sushant Singh Rajput. She has signed for the Anurag Kashyap-Karan Johar co-production Hasee Toh Phasee (with Siddharth Malhotra), her first project outside Yash Raj Films. The actress has also signed for Shaad Ali's Kill Dil, with Ranveer Singh and Ali Zafar, describing it as the first "glamorous" role of her career.

SOCIAL WORK AND MEDIA IMAGE

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. Chopra said, "I don't want it to be just about ramp walk, but I seriously and genuinely feel for what Mijwan and what Manish and Shabanaji are doing. For such an initiative, I just could not say no. I had to be a part of it." She also appeared on NDTV's Greenathon in support of environmental friendliness and the investigation of electricity supplies to rural villages. Chopra endorses a number of brands, including Kurkure, Nivea, Maaza and Spinz.

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 labelled her the "most brightest and talented" newcomer of this generation, noting "her infectious amount of energy". 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". In a 2013 interview with Hindustan Times, Chopra said "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".[30] The actress appeared on Verve's list of most powerful women in 2011. In 2012, she made Rediff's annual list of Bollywood's Best Actresses.


FILMOGRAPHY
Year                 Film            Role          Notes

2011       Ladies vs Ricky Bahl     Dimple Chaddha     Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut

Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress

2012       Ishaqzaade     Zoya Qureshi     National Film Award – Special Mention

Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Actress

2013     Maneesh Sharma's Next         Filming (Releasing July 16, 2013)

2013     Hasee Toh Phasee         Pre-production (Filming begins April 2013)

2014     Kill Dil         Pre-production (Filming begins October 2013)

Awards and nominations

Year                  Film                                Award           Category            Result

2012     Ladies VS Ricky Bahl     Filmfare Awards     Best Female Debut     Won

Best Supporting Actress     Nominated

Screen Awards     Most Promising Newcomer – Female     Won

Best Supporting Actress     Nominated

Zee Cine Awards     Best Female Debut     Won

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female     Nominated

Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards     Best Female Debut     Won

Best Actress in a Supporting Role     Won

Bollywood Hungama Surfers' Choice Awards     Best Debutant (Female)     Won

Best Supporting Actress     Won

Stardust Awards     Superstar of Tomorrow – Female     Won

Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Awards     Fun Fearless Female Debutante     Won

The Global Indian Film and TV Honours     Most Promising Fresh Face – Female     Won

FICCI Frames Awards     Best Female Debut     Won

Big Star Young Entertainer Awards 2012     Best Female Debutante     Won

International Indian Film Academy Awards     Star Debut of the Year     Won

Best Supporting Actress     Won

Hello Hall of Fame Awards     Rising Star (Female)     Won

People's Choice Awards India     Favorite Debut Actor (Male/Female)     Won

Ishaqzaade     Favorite Movie Actress     Nominated

2013     BIG Star Entertainment Awards     Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Role – Female     Nominated

Screen Awards     Best Actress     Nominated

Filmfare Awards     Best Actress     Nominated

Stardust Awards     Superstar of Tomorrow – Female     Won

Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards     Best Actress in a Leading Role     Nominated

National Film Awards     Special Mention     Won



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