When Parineeti Chopra made her Bollywood debut, she had a tag — Priyanka Chopra’s cousin. But things changed fast for the 26-year-old actor, who seems to have carved her own niche by essaying quirky and unique characters, and has found her footing in the industry six films later.
On numerous occasions, Parineeti has spoken about how she continues to share a close bond with her star sister. However, she has now revealed that she doesn’t consider her a mentor. In fact, it is director-producer Aditya Chopra who she refers to as her mentor.
Talking about how she seeks his opinion before she signs any film, she says, "Priyanka is really not my mentor, Adi is. I don’t discuss work with her, but I do discuss work with him. He is the one person who has known me from before I entered the industry. He was the one who discovered me."
So far, except for one film (Hasee Toh Phasee), all the movies Parineeti has starred in have been produced by Aditya. Before she made her Bollywood debut with Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl in 2011, she worked as a marketing professional for Aditya’s production company. "Adi knows what I should sign next. I never sign a film without taking his advice. He takes time out to sit with me and discusses the films that are offered to me. He asks me, ‘Okay, why do you want to do this film?’. He guides me, but he never takes a decision for me," says Parineeti.
Interestingly, the other person in the industry whose advice she seeks is director Maneesh Sharma. "I talk to Maneesh about everything. He really knows what is good for me as I have not grown up in this city, and I am an outsider to the industry," says Parineeti.