Flying solo
Filmfare|September 2020
Flying solo
PARINEETI CHOPRA CHATS WITH JITESH PILLAAI ABOUT THE LOCKDOWN, CAREER, AND HER SINGLETON STATUS
JITESH PILLAAI

Parineeti Chopra can talk nineteen-to-the dozen about any topic on earth. And most of her talk is unfiltered. Though she says she has learnt to mind her ps and qs now. But it’s her frankness, her candid wit that makes her so interesting. She’s like that when it comes to her roles as well. On-screen too, her characters tend to come off as real. She puts so much conviction in her portrayals that one can’t help but connect with them. They appear as real people, as raw flesh and blood creatures. Like everyone else, Parineeti too has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic but she refuses to let the fear and the anxiety get to her. She’s aware of what’s happening around her and isn’t immune to the sufferings of the common man. Excerpts from a talkathon held over a video call, where she airs her views about the pandemic, her career, love and life in general...

HOW MANY OF YOUR FILMS ARE READY TO RELEASE?

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar was ready to release, and then this lockdown happened. The Girl On The Train is not ready yet, they were in the process of editing and locking the final cut. Same with Saina (Saina Nehwal’s biopic). Both these films are so important to me that I can bet my life on them. I’ve worked harder on them compared to any other film before. We are still traditional and feel OTT is a compromised release. But how long can they wait? Because ultimately this is a business. I’m not going to sit in a theatre and watch a film, so how can I expect the audience to come in right now. Besides, no one has an active source of income. Let’s see what happens.

I COME FROM AMBALA. WHERE WE DON’T HAVE A/C ROOMS WITH 24X7 ELECTRICITY, WATER, GAS AND WI-FI. I CANNOT TELL YOU WHAT THE SITUATION IS LIKE IN AND AROUND AMBALA. PEOPLE ARE LITERALLY BANKRUPT BECAUSE THEY WORK ON DAILY WAGES

NO ONE HAS BEEN IN SUCH A SITUATION BEFORE...

Even when the lockdown wasn’t officially announced, I remember screaming at my parents saying, “You guys are not understanding what this virus is? Why can’t you sit at home?” My dad and mom were refusing to understand what the big deal was. They were like, “Why should we lock ourselves in our house? This is something that is happening in other countries.” Five days later their thinking completely changed. My dad said that this reminded him of wartime. This lockdown doesn’t seem to be ending.

CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT THE FARMERS AND DAILY WAGE WORKERS MUST BE GOING THROUGH?

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September 2020