When we were shooting, Ishaqzaade was just this weird looking film with a new boy, Arjun Kapoor, and Dimple, the comedienne from Ladies VS. Ricky Bahl (2011), as his leading lady. We’d wonder if, without their favourite star to draw them, anyone would come to the theatre on Friday,” reminisces Parineeti Chopra.
But ever since the first promos of the film went on air, this ‘risky proposition’ has suddenly become the film to watch out for and her co-star is being touted as the next superstar. And Parineeti is very surprised.
“I wasn’t the heroine in my debut film, yet it fetched me 11 awards for best debutant. My second film is with a debutant and it’s hot. I should be scared by the soaring expectations but instead I feel lucky and special to be in such a situation,” she says.
Parineeti revels in the fact that today she’s an Arjun authority and a ‘one-point contact’ for her hot and happening co-star. “Wherever I go, girls plead with me for his autograph or a chance to speak to him,” she laughs.
“I’m really happy for Arjun. He’s been through a lot in his life but thanks to his upbringing, he’s strong and steady. Even when he lost his mother (Mona Kapoor), just months before his first release, he didn’t fall apart. He’s determined to do his mother proud.”
A peck on the cheek in the film’s promo has fuelled speculations that there’s more intimacy to come. So is there? Parineeti retorts, “If there is a kiss why say so and spoil the suspense? And even if there isn’t, why say no? Wait and watch.”
Speculations are rife that she’s been signed for Pradeep Sarkar’s next for YRF with Arjun. There’s also talk of a film called Ek Vanilla Do Paranthe. “It’s a mind-blowing title but I’m not doing that, or Pradeep Sarkar’s film,” says Parineeti. “Yes, I have a three-film contract with Yashraj but it’s not exclusive. If there’s a better offer from an outside banner maybe that will be my third film. For now though it’s just Ishaqzaade.”