Parineeti Chopra reveals revisiting painful past for role in The Girl on the Train: I broke down on the set
Actor Parineeti Chopra has recalled her experience filming The Girl on the Train in a recent chat. Her difficult role transformation opened doors to traumatic memories of the past.
We all know in order to embody a character, an actor’s sense of self changes. Some actors use Method acting as their way of perfecting a role. While it does the trick and we get to see some of the best characters on-screen, it can really take a toll on the actor’s personal life. Trying to live in someone else’s shoes can make one question themselves. Actor Parineeti Chopra who is always the jolly girl in films wanted to get her hands on more thought-provoking roles.
Parineeti has opened up about her journey of filming Ribhu Dasgupta’s The Girl on the Train in a recent chat with Mid-Day. In the chat, Parineeti revealed that her transformation to take on this complex role was anything but easy. Parineeti explained how she shed tears on the movie’s set because her dark repressed memories had come back to haunt her, “I have tapped into my innermost traumatic memories to bring this character to life. I don’t remember how many times I broke down on the set because I was revisiting memories that I had buried deep in my mind and heart,” she said.
Chopra also disclosed she knew what she was getting into as soon as she read the script. She shared that she was well aware that her role in the film could overwhelm her. Talking about it, she added, “I never wanted to face those incidents again. I realised that to be able to pull off this character, I will have to dig deep into my past and confront the pain [I endured] in my personal life. This film has taken me to hell and back because it constantly kept me on the edge. It wasn’t easy [to be in this state] before every shot.”
The Mystery-thriller is an official Bollywood adaptation of Emily Blunt starrer Hollywood film and is set to premiere on Netflix on February 26. The film stars Aditi Rao Hydari, who would play the part of the missing girl, Kirti Kulhari, who would be the detective in the case, and Avinash Tiwary, who would play the role of Parineeti’s husband.