My Journey as a Singer Has Started: Bindu Aka Parineeti Chopra
Parineeti Chopra shares her excitement about starting her singing career with ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’.
Though she doesn’t like being reminded that she was away, Parineeti Chopra is very excited about her comeback in Meri Pyaari Bindu, a romantic retro romp with Ayushmann Khurrana, which casts Parineeti as an aspiring singer. In this interview, the spunky actor opens up about her character Bindu, future plans and of course, her cousin Priyanka Chopra.
Q: Meri Pyari Bindu goes back to the 1990s. Are you trying to tap into the nostalgia market?
Parineeti Chopra: Honestly, that’s the main reason I did this film. The nostalgia factor hit me hard when I was reading the script. It was a film I had to do. All of us have stories on how particular songs affected our lives. We relate to certain people and relationships through certain songs. The retro songs really attracted me to the film. When audiences see Meri Pyaari Bindu, I hope they connect with the songs and the theme of the reclamation of a precious past, that’s slipping out of our hands.
Q: When we were growing up, music was the only window we had to the world outside our homes. Were you able to understand what music meant to people who have grown up in the 1970s, 80s and 90s?
Parineeti Chopra: I think I did. I am passionate about music myself. I am a trained singer, so I can enter the world of a song with more understanding than the untrained singer or listener.
When I listen to a song, I try to understand it emotionally and technically. I go into its melody, tempo, percussion,etc. I go into a song with some authority in my own humble way.
Q: You play a singer in Meri Pyaari Bindu?
Parineeti Chopra: I play an aspiring singer. So all the portions of the film where I have to sing/hum are done by me. That adds to the credibility. But of course, I’ve sung my own song in Meri Pyaari Bindu. My journey as a singer has started. I feel I can contribute to the world of music, though it is too early to say how much that contribution would be.
Q: Now that your comeback is around the corner…
Parineeti Chopra: But I wasn’t gone anywhere! I had just taken some time off to look after myself. Having done that, I was back on a film set more than a year back. It’s just that a film takes that much time to be shot. It’s just practical considerations that kept me away from some time.
Q: Do you see yourself singing more often professionally?
Parineeti Chopra: I definitely do. One hundred percent. Now that my song Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin is (being) liked so much, I want to sing more songs. I am yet to hear anyone say that they didn’t like it.
I mean, it’s such a breezy melody and so easy on the ears. Everybody connects to it. The success of Maana Ke Hum has given me the confidence to work more closely on my music. I am now going to work on my next song.
Q: Are you going to work on a whole album?
Parineeti Chopra: I don’t know. Right now I am thinking of one more song. Who knows? That may turn into an album.
Q: Your co-star Ayushmann Khurrana is your senior in music. Is he guiding you?
Parineeti Chopra: He has actually been one of the most beautiful aspects of my musical journey. I’ve learnt a lot from him. I am emotionally connected to him. He is the one who encouraged my musical inclinations. He kept saying that out of all the actors, I am the one who needs to pursue my musical ambitions. He is such an emotional part of my journey. When the song Maana Ke Hum was released, he was right there next to me sharing the moment. I can say he is one of the three boys in the film industry I am close to.
Q: And who are the other two industry ‘boys’ you are close to?
Parineeti Chopra: That would be Aditya and Arjun.
Q: Aditya Chopra?
Parineeti Chopra: ... Roy Kapoor. Though I am very close to Adi Chopra as well. I’ve met him almost every single day for many years of my life. I share a very cool relationship with Adi. We joke around. He’s amazing.
Q: What after Meri Pyaari Bindu?
Parineeti Chopra: I am doing Rohit Shetty’s new Gol Maal film and it’s an entirely new experience for me. The entire set-up, the ensemble cast spearheaded by Ajay Devgn, the comedy, and one of the biggest directors of the country, Rohit Shetty… it’s all new to me.
I am having amazing fun. Of course, comedy is a tricky genre and it took me a couple of days to get into the groove, but now I am really having a blast. The boys welcomed me on the sets with such warmth. I am loving it. I’m missing my Gol Maal team. I’ve only shot with them for four days. But I am already waiting to get back.
Q: Your global star-cousin Priyanka Chopra is in town again?
Parineeti Chopra: She has already gone back to the US! I am so proud of her. We all are. She’s brought such pride to our family, to her fans and to the country. She is a source of inspiration to anyone who wants to reach beyond their own country and culture. It’s amazing. She is a star in every sense. More power to her. She is definitely my source of inspiration. I am lucky she is my sister. I can learn so much from her first-hand.
Q: You’ve inherited Priyanka’s warmth for sure...
Parineeti Chopra: I am glad. I think that’s a Chopra trait.
Q: Any closing thoughts?
Parineeti Chopra: I hope Meri Pyaari Bindu is the beginning of my singing career. I will be pursuing music seriously and Gol Maal is my stepping stone into the commercial arena. So this is a good year for me.
(The love of Lata Mangeshkar's voice and Hindi movies - in that order - has propelled Subhash K Jha to the pursuit of journalism for over 30 years.)
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