Not so glamorous: Parineeti Chopra on career setbacks

The actor opened up about relationships, acting journey, and struggle with mental health

Entertainment Desk December 27, 2021

Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra, known for candidly speaking her mind, recently opened up about her struggle with depression and career setbacks in an all candid interview with Filmfare.

The 33-year-old actor started her acting career with a remarkable drama film Ishqzaade. However, she lost her trajectory for a while only to return with three back-to-back films, Saina, The Girl On The Train, and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, where her histrionics were globally lauded.

On almost losing her ground in Bollywood, the Hasee Toh Phasee starlet shared that she chased the wrong things while taking fans for granted. “I abused the privilege of being loved by fans because I thought even if I am mediocre in the film, they will love me. That's not how it works. I became complacent and a little less focused. Sometimes, I chased money, sometimes I chased a hero who was in the film, sometimes I chased just the director. But coming back to my core is what has worked.  They [my latest films] have really really worked for me.”

On making wrong decisions, Chopra shared that with her films failing and a difficult break-up, she overlook many red flags. “One should not ignore adulting attributes in a person such as a lack of independence or real-life experience. By tolerating too much, you start teaching them how to treat you,” retorted the starlet on what caused her depression.

“If a person shows you who they are, again and again, you should believe it. Do not live in perpetual hope that they will change.”

With 2021 coming to an end, the starlet had advice for her 2012 younger self to “never let go of what you have so easily. Do not become overconfident and take things for granted.”

“I was a child then and didn't know how to handle so much success so early. I wish I could go back in time and teach myself how to handle it, but in the same breath, I will say if it hadn't happened like that, I would have never learnt. I'm grateful because these failures in all departments gave me a crash course on life.”

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