An investment banking career aspirant, Parineeti Chopra has obtained a triple honours degree in business, finance and economics. After trying her hand in the world of finance, Parineeti changed her profession from being a geek to an actress. The actress gave us nine back to back films since 2011, she has undergone a drastic transformation and lost oodles of weight in the last few years. (All pictures courtesy: Parineeti Chopra's Instagram account)
Parineeti Chopra, who made her Bollywood debut with YRF's Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, alongside Dipanita Sharma, Aditi Sharma and Ranveer Singh, has seen a lot since 2011. Talking about her image - from fat-to-fit, the actress said that she may have weighed a few extra pounds in her debut movie, but she has become thinner now with her rigorous work-out regime. Well, we can surely see this from her latest Instagram uploads.
Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl lead Parineeti Chopra bag the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and a Best Supporting Actress nomination. The actress' career skyrocketed which made her following films — Ishaqzaade (2012), Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) and Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) critically acclaimed and box office hits. Hasee Toh Phasee won her the National Film Award – Special Mention while the Ishaqzaade and Shuddh Desi Romance earned her two nominations for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. After a three-year hiatus from full-time acting, Parineeti starred in the blockbuster comedy Golmaal Again (2017), which is one of the highest-grossing Indian films of her career.
Though the actress has made it big, just like her sister Priyanka Chopra in Bollywood, she has often faced backlashes - first, for being an 'overweight' actress, and after her transformation, for losing weight! Shutting all the haters, Parineeti gave everyone a tongue in cheek reply to all the body shamers out there! Her journey that commenced in 2016, from being a chubby actress to a hottie, the actress has stood tall for a lot of people as an inspiration. Now, it's been more than two years, the actress has become comfortable in her own skin.
On April 2016, the actress posted on her Instagram account about her weight-loss journey. Parineeti Chopra posted: "BEFORE .. All my life, I have struggled with how I look, how I feel, and how people looked at me. I was constantly made fun of, but the person I was, I generously laughed with them. Today, many people ask me what triggered the weight loss, did I give in to the "Bollywood pressure"?
The post further read, "To that I say - thank god I became an actor and had that pressure! I am able to achieve what I couldn't achieve otherwise. I feel more confident, I feel at peace, and I feel proud! Girls and women meet me all around the world, at airports, events, on the street; they hold my hand, hug me, and tell me their struggles and how I changed their lives. They show me their wallpapers, their wallets, and its all pictures of me!! They look at those pictures and want to make that change in their own lives. They look at my Built That Way campaign and have stuck it to their walls."
Talking about changing people's perception about weight-loss, Parineeti Chopra's post said a lot of things. "I have seen women tear up and tell me I changed their life. Post delivery weight, teenage obesity, they are fighting it, and I am their inspiration. As an actor, There is no bigger achievement for me. I am glad to be a part of your life in this way. So thank you everyone. Thank You for making me feel loved. Like I always say - if I could do it. So can you. And I am always there for all of you .... Lots of love.... [sic]"
Later, the actress was also seen flaunting her six-pack abs in the song - Jaanemann Aah, along with Varun Dhawan, in the film Dhishoom. The film had John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez in lead with Akshaye Khanna playing the baddie.
Post her successful weight-loss journey, Parineeti Chopra also said that her fat-to-fab has helped to grab a lot of roles. In an interview, Pari said: "When you look a certain way, filmmakers can expect something from you. They may think that an actor can pull off a certain role because of how they look... I got 'Golmaal Again' because the girl had to do a lot of action in the film. I don't think I would have got it had I not been fit."
When the actress asked if filmmakers began viewing her differently after her weight loss, Parineeti Chopra said, "I think yes. It is not necessarily the typical way that 'Now, she is looking sexy so, we will look at her in a different way.' Not at all. "It is not like that. Our directors and producers are beyond all of this. They just saw that I could do something different."
Parineeti Chopra said staying fit gives filmmakers a chance to visualise an actor in various roles. "When you look a certain way, your expectations from that person are of a particular type, that maybe she can only do these many roles. But when you give them a shock like this (her weight loss), they see you in a different way, which is why I got 'Golmaal Again', because the girl had to do a lot of action in the film. I don't think I would have gotten it had I not been fit."
Parineeti Chopra took at least a year and a half to look the way she is now! When asked how does she manage this huge transformation, she said: "There are women who are pregnant or are dealing with post-pregnancy weight, or teenagers who are obese, from across the world, (they) want to know my story. I am a fat-to-fit story," Parineeti told reporters here at a song launch event.
Parineeti Chopra further added: "I have struggled with my weight. I was big and unhealthy, not chubby. I took it upon myself to work towards this. There was a pressure of Bollywood to bring me on the right part. I am fit now. People need to be fit no matter what size they are. I was big and unfit. There are dancers in New York who are big but flexible. It took me a year-and-half to reach here."
When asked about her three-year hiatus for this huge makeover, Parineeti Chopra said: "It's a different world for me. I come from a world of banking and academics and I had to be in front of the camera all the time and had the pressure. I just wanted to sort out some things. Now I have this dedication and concentration on my work because of the break. I wanted to work on my body. I wanted to wear shorts and better clothes and not worry about anything. This one year break was amazing."
Parineeti Chopra got under the scanner for her drastic weight loss, with some praising her dedication and some criticising her for sending out a negative message on body image. But the actress says she doesn't always pay attention to what people are talking about to avoid getting caught in a "vicious circle". Now, after two years, the actress feels no pressure to look a "certain way".
In a recent interview with IANS, Parineeti Chopra said: "You can't always pay attention to what people are talking about you. If you do, you will get into a vicious circle. You have to feel good, you have to feel fit. Fitness is extremely subjective and that's the fun of it. You have to do things that work for you, that makes you feel good about yourself. I have no pressure to look a certain way. I only want to stay fit and live a healthy, happy, complete life."
The actress further added: "Fitness is all about challenging yourself -- every single day, every single training session. If it doesn't give you the rush, the thrill, you will get bored. I look for something new, something to push my physical boundaries every single day. It is also changing your perspective towards health and harmony. When you start feeling great about yourself, you start appreciating everything. Mind and body are connected for us and we need to harness that energy. Good physical health always means good mental health."
The actress signed off saying: I have had an amazing journey over the last seven and a half years in the industry. I have always experimented with my roles and tried to choose roles that are different from each other. The most wonderful thing being an actor is to get to explore the life of different characters in each and every film. My experimentation won't stop. I will keep on pushing myself and try to always entertain the audience."
We wish Parineeti Chopra a very happy birthday!
After giving us some great films, the actress is all set to sizzle the screen once again with a peculiar role in Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. After the success of Namaste England, the actress is on her way to rule the box office once again. But, as the actress turns a year older, we are here to share her fat-to-fit journey with her fans. Her drastic transformation is surely an inspiration. Take a look! On the 'Golmaal Again' heroine's birthday, we look back at her amazing weight loss journey!
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