What the heck did she do to get into this insane shape? Far from voluptuous and not in a mood to achieve size zero, Parineeti talks fitness, a break for herself and answers a barrage of uncomfortable questions…
The winters were getting over and so were our days of slothfulness. And that’s when we decided to do something for March which would give us a sense of summers getting here sooner. It is with this intent that we got in touch with Parineeti Chopra for one of our hottest covers and bam, she was as excited as we were! As D-Day came, Satan played his part to act devilish with his deeds. But as you turn these pages, be rest assured that we were able to get the best of the other PeeCee from tinsel town. After coming back from a break (which she doesn’t like it to be called) here’s presenting, hum sab ki pyari… Bindu.
FHM: Hi Parineeti, what’s your take on the shoot? How did you like your first shoot with FHM?
Parineeti Chopra: I really liked it. It was fun shooting with Erikkos for sure. I enjoy doing my shoots with him. And I like the way he shoots me. And of course it’s my first cover with FHM, so, I just hope that it comes out really well.
How far can we lure you to go in the next one?
(Haha) It will totally depend on you guys. Whenever you guys feel that I will be good for the cover, just call me and we will shoot together.
What have you done to your body? What did you eat or didn’t eat, might I ask?
It took me almost a year. I started working on my body the way I have never worked out before and I just started taking care of my diet. It was a mixture of good habits, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, drinking a lot of water, eating on time and exercising well. I started following a more balanced regimen.
What did your fitness regime look like?
It took me 12 months to get into this shape, but I’m still a work in progress. I am still giving myself some time to get into the ideal shape and weight that I want. I did a mixture of kalaripayattu and working out in the gym and I did yoga as well.
What do you think is your sexiest physical attribute?
Umm… that is for you people to tell me. I can’t say that about myself. It’s very hard to do it.
You announced a new movie, Meri Pyari Bindu, after a gap of two years. Where were you all this while?
I actually did my last movie in November 2014 and have announced the new movie in February 2016, so it’s really only been a year. I wanted some time off to do up my house, which I recently bought. It took me a lot of time to figure out the interiors. Also, I wanted space for myself. I had worked three years without any breaks, so I just wanted some down time. I had neglected my health and I wanted to get back where I wanted to be. And now I’m raring to go, all guns blazing.
We got to know that you hold a degree in music. Singing must have been a cakewalk in Meri Pyari Bindu…
Cakewalk would be very pompous of me to say because I haven’t sung professionally anywhere. Of course I have been doing stage shows since childhood, as I studied music. But singing is more of a passion for me as I have never really recorded a song… so, it isn’t as easy as it seems. I did record a line or two from the song for the trailer though.
I did record a line or two from the song for the trailer though.
What kind of music do you like?
I am very moody about my choices for songs. Sometimes I would like ghazals, sometimes, I’m in a mood for really commercial songs, hip-hop, R&B. It could be anything. I’m not at all stereotypical in my music sense.
Who’s your favourite singer from yesteryears?
It has to be Lataji for sure. She is the eternal goddess of playback singing. I would always listen to her songs and sing them.
Ok. Moving on, what kind of a person are you, introvert, extrovert or somewhere in between?
That is the most subjective question anybody has ever asked me. You will have to spend years and years with me to know me. Overall I’m quite a positive and enthusiastic person. I like to laugh a lot. I am so lazy sometimes that I can spend three days in my bed watching TV. I am very honest in life and this is the quality which nobody can take away from me. I don’t mince words, I don’t hide things.
How do you manage your anger?
I don’t have any anger in me. And if I do get angry, which is a rarity, I take some time for myself, calm down and then go back to the person to talk. I think communication is a very good thing. Anger is something that can ruin things if it is not channelised well. Having said that, I hardly get angry. So it doesn’t matter to me.
If you had to be one half of a lesbian romance and had to pick your female co-star, who would it be?
Nobody. For me, even hypothetically thinking about it is not possible. It’s beyond my thinking. And what if you were a man.
Who would have been your gay partner?
Nobody again… I can’t think of anything.
How important is love in your life?
I think love is the most important thing in my life. I’m a person who gives a lot of love to everyone, be it my family, my friends or to people I have been in a relationship with. I just love the idea of love.
I’m a person who gives a lot of love to everyone, be it my family, my friends or to people I have been in a relationship with.
The last time we heard, you were single. Are you dating someone now?
No, I’m still single. And I don’t think I’m gonna be dating someone anytime soon because I can’t find anybody to date.
So, do we have a chance of swiping you right on Tinder then?
No. I am not on Tinder. I have heard of it from people, but I don’t know how it works. I don’t believe in dating apps. I think if you need to connect with a person, it has to be one on one and not through any app or something.
Five things that a man needs to do to get your attention…
Just have a great conversation with me. Make me laugh, take me out for a great meal and that will be enough for you to be my friend, if not date you.
So, did you find any of these qualities in your co-stars with whom you’ve worked with?
Yes, of course. All of them have this quality. I have worked with almost everybody from the young lot and all of them are amazing friends. I talk to them, chill with them and they are brilliant people.
Five things that will turn you off.
A disrespectful person. A person who smells bad. Anybody who lies to me. I like simple people so anybody who tries to show off just goes in my bad books.
Who has been the most comfortable actor to work with in your five-year-old Bollywood career?
All of them have been amazing to work with. I share my best rapport with Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. I worked with these two at the beginning of my career and I’m still friends with them. I feel very comfortable with them. They are really respectful, very well brought up boys. It’s very hard to choose one of them.
You have done some social-norm defying roles like Zoya in Ishaqzaade or Gayatri of Shuddh Desi Romance. Are you somewhat like that in your real life as well?
No, I would not say that. I am not that aggressive, opinionated and strong as these girls were in the movies, but I definitely hold my own opinions. However, I am not so much like the characters I’ve played.
I am not that aggressive, opinionated and strong as these girls were in the movies, but I definitely hold my own opinions.
National Award mention or Filmfare Award for best actress. Which one made you jump off the couch?
They were both amazing. I was so humbled to get both the awards. It was crazy when I heard about the National Award. I still remember the day, I put on the news immediately and everybody was messaging me and calling me! It was an amazing day.
How do you unwind after a long day?
I literally have the longest hot shower that I can. I de-stress by watching TV or reading a book.
Who’s been your craziest fan? What did he/she do for you? Some crazy fan story that you have…
Oh, yes. You know, there is a guy who just keeps going to my house in Ambala, meets my mom and gives her gifts to send to me in Mumbai. He visits home on my birthdays and my family members’ birthdays. He never skips any event. I’ve never got to meet him as he never leaves his number. He just quietly comes and gives gifts to my mom and leaves. He is an anonymous fan!
Is there a phobia that you’d like to conquer?
I would like to conquer… umm… I have claustrophobia. Even in an elevator, I get very claustrophobic. I need a lot of light and air around me all the time. I just hope to get over that soon.
Do you have a tattoo? If you were to get one, where would that be?
No, I don’t have any tattoo. I think the idea of getting inked is very painful.
What do you prefer, cars or bikes? Are you a proud owner of any such machines?
I prefer cars. I actually have a Jaguar XJL. It was my dream car which I bought two years ago. I was thrilled.
What are your favourite tracks that you listen to almost every day these days?
As I had explained earlier to you, I have different choices every day. It totally depends on the mood I am in.
As I had explained earlier to you, I have different choices every day.
So, which song did you listen to before coming for the shoot?
I was listening to One Direction… I was feeling like a teenager in the morning today.
What are the five things that we’ll always find with you?
Umm… phone, perfume, keys, bag and my lip balm.
First thing that comes to your mind when you hear the following word:
- Love – Life
- Sex – Fun
- Condoms – Important
- Grapes – Tasty
- FHM – Hot
Pick one and give a reason:
- Road trips or flights? Flights. I like going to far off destinations
- Guns or roses? Roses, of course!
- Voluptuous figure or size zero? Neither. The fittest you.
- YRF or Dharma Production? A good film from wherever it comes.
- Arjun Kapoor or Ranveer Singh? Can’t choose, love them both.
- Arranged marriage or lesbian affair? Neither.
- Any interesting and sexy avatar we can look forward to drooling over in the near future? Oh, you are yet to see it! It will come soon.
PARINEETI’S MOVIES TILL DATE…
6 films in 5 years, and there has been no stopping Parineeti as two Filmfares and a National Award mention ain’t no joke!