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Girls with guns

Parineeti Chopra continues to hone her shooting skills even after Ishaqzaade is wrapped up.

bollywood Updated: Apr 30, 2012 16:55 IST
Prashant Singh
Ishaqzaade

She underwent extensive gun training for a month. And even though Parineeti Chopra wrapped up work on Ishaqzaade a long time ago, the newbie isn’t in a mood to let her training go waste. As a result, the actor makes sure she takes out time — quite regularly — to practice at a rifle-shooting club in Dadar.

“Initially, her training was simply supposed to give her the hang of things. But by the end of it, she loved it and would practice for hours. And since she took pains to learn shooting, she didn’t want to lose touch. That’s why she continues practicing whenever she can,” says an insider close to Parineeti. When contacted, the actor laughs at the question, saying, “Since I enjoyed the training process a lot, I am doing whatever I can to not forget the lessons.”

Parineeti fired at least 200 rounds of bullets while shooting for Ishaqzaade. And to make sure things didn’t go wrong, she was trained in how to hold a gun, fire and reload it, and many other intricate technicalities. By the end of the shooting, she was familiar with various types of guns and could easily differentiate between a revolver, a pistol and a desi katta.

“Parineeti was trained under a specialist and taught how to fire and aim when located on a moving vehicle or in motion. She practised with real guns, and during the shoot, an internal joke did the rounds that she can even participate in shooting competitions because of how good she is. In the film, she has used more guns than the hero (Arjun Kapoor),” says the insider.

It’s believed that the makers of the film spent about Rs 2 lakh on bullets to be used in the film as well as practice sessions. Apparently, it was director Habib Faisal’s idea to have Parineeti learn the intricacies of using guns.

She underwent training for about a month on location in Lucknow as well.

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