She made her acting debut in 2011 in the Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma starrer average hit Ladies VS Ricky Bahl that earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. The following year she did her first solo film opposite Arjun Kapoor called Ishaqzaade – which went on to become a huge hit and earned her a National Film Award – Special Mention.
With her early success graph you’d think she is only going up and high. Having started off her career with a three-film deal with Yash Raj Films, one of the biggest production houses in the country started by Yash Chopra and now headed by his son, filmmaker and producer Aditya Chopra who directed the iconic film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Parineeti Chopra has failed to keep up her success graph. Barring first three films: Ladies VS Ricky Bahl, Ishaqzaade, and Shuddh Desi Romance, all her other films have failed miserably.
She has been typecast either as a bubbly-girl or as a young woman ready to kiss and sleep with a guy before marriage. Unlike her contemporaries Alia Bhatt and Shraddha Kapoor Parineeti hasn’t received any powerful role in years. And much has been blamed on her plump figure. The actress shed several kilos to get her first break but despite receiving critical acclaim with Ishaqzaade filmmakers and casting directors had a tough time imagining her in certain script-oriented roles.
With the flow of less scripts on her way and facing rejections because of her weight, Chopra had to take a three-year long sabbatical from acting and instead concentrate on losing weight and being healthier. Reportedly she had auditioned for Sultan and even had a photoshoot done to impress the team but the role ultimately went to Anushka Sharma.
Her comeback film Meri Pyaari Bindu came and went and nobody noticed. The film was heavily promoted on the star power of Chopra and Ayushmann Khurrana yet it terribly failed. She even sang a song for the film – Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahi – that faded too soon from everyone’s mind.
While Chopra belted it out with the above said film, and did a lyrically nonsensical dance number with Varun Dhawan in Dishoom, her counterparts Alia Bhatt was impressing all with Dear Zindagi, and a plethora of television advertisements. Shraddha Kapoor too had a Haseena Parkar to prove her mettle.
The actress is now a part of the upcoming Golmaal Again, the fourth installment of the Golmaal film series directed by Rohit Shetty, alongside its original cast Ajay Devgan, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Kunal Kemmu, and Tabu. But does the film has anything to cement her feet in the industry? Like it’s predecessors Golmaal Again will make for a laugh riot, do a good business, and earn lots of money. Chopra will be a part of a high-grossing film – something she hasn’t been a part of earlier. But a role in a Golmaal film does nothing for your career. The film might earn hundreds of crores of profits but it doesn’t necessarily mean she’d get meaty roles. She’s paired opposite Ajay Devgan in the film – total mismatch, right? – and that just doesn’t resonate with the audience. Parineeti is a bubble of acting gem but her talent hasn’t been utilised much. She has it in her to deliver a powerful role but sadly she isn’t getting them. All she is getting are these bubblegum roles that could be easily played by anyone else.
It’s a pity that while her cousin, Priyanka Chopra, is doing an American TV show in a lead role and has just finished up shooting for two Hollywood films, Parineeti has to survive on weak scripts when she deserves much more.
She deserves much more from Aditya Chopra who puts her in a senseless rom-com story. She deserves much more meat and flesh in her roles – she deserves them, hear me? A real good talent like her doesn’t have to be paired opposite a man two decades older than her just to add glamour. Nor does she need a sleazy dance number.
What she needs and deserves is a powerful role in a good scripted film to utilise her talent. Bollywood doesn’t need a bubblegum anymore but a firecracker to make all the noise. Bollywood, read this.