Parineeti Chopra (born 22 October 1988) is an Indian film actress who appears in Hindi films. Chopra wanted to become an investment banker, but after obtaining a triple honours degree (in business, finance and economics) from Manchester Business School she returned to India during the 2009 economic recession and joined Yash Raj Films as a public relations consultant. Later, she signed a three-film deal with the company as an actress.
Chopra made her screen debut with a supporting role in the 2011 romantic comedy Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, which was moderately successful at the box office. Her portrayal of a Delhi-based rich brat, Dimple Chadda, drew critical appreciation. Chopra went on to win the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The following year she was the lead (Zoya, a feisty tomboy) in the romantic drama Ishaqzaade, a critical and commercial success. Chopra's performance won wide critical acclaim, earning several nominations in the Best Actress category (including Filmfare) and won the National Film Award – Special Mention at the 60th National Film Awards. She achieved further critical and commercial success for her role of outspoken and rebellious Gayatri in the 2013 romantic drama comedy Shuddh Desi Romance.
As of October 2013, Chopra has several projects in various stages of production and is filming Habib Faisal's Daawat-E-Ishq. In addition to acting in films, she is active in humanitarian work, has a number of endorsement deals and is regarded as one of the most popular actresses in Hindi cinema.