Parineeti Chopra is a nervous wreck these days. Her film The Girl on the Train releases on February 26 and she has her fingers crossed in the hope that her fans acknowledge her “sincerest attempt at new acting” that aims to “shock and stir”. The film, written and directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, is the Hindi adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ eponymous murder-mystery novel. The trailer that Netflix released in the first week of February gives a peek into Parineeti’s fierce and dark avatar as Meera Kapoor, far removed from her usual peppy, girl-next-door roles.
Meera is a young woman who becomes obsessed with the near-perfect life of a young couple; she sees their home from the train she takes every day. In their expressions of love, she pictures her own fairy tale bliss, even as she battles her demons and struggles through a failed marriage, amnesia and addiction. “This is the most intense character I have played,” Parineeti tells THE WEEK. “It is a departure from all I have done before, and a way of surprising audiences who think I can only do a certain genre and do not know how to portray such impassioned characters.”
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SAFFRON ON RED
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