Parineeti Chopra welcomed The Girl On The Train director, Ribhu Dasgupta, to Instagram on Friday. Posting a photo with the filmmaker -- where she can be seen sitting inside a train in Norfolk, striking an arm wrestling pose with Ribhu -- she wrote, “Favourite crazy human is now on instagram!!!! Follow follow! (Yes we were hand wrestling. Director’s orders. That too before shooting an intense scene. I had to do a difficult, drunk scene after this. He is not normal guys. Follow at your own risk @ribhu_dasgupta #CrazyMan #TheGirlOnTheTrain.”
Ribhu also shared a black-and-white photo with the actress, on his new Instagram page, in which Parineeti can be seen laughing as he speaks to her. He wrote, “When the director has to crack jokes on himself to make the GIRL @parineetichopra happy on an otherwise intense film. #Londondiaries #TheGirlOnTheTrain.”
Ribhu made his directorial debut with 2011 film Michael. He has also directed several episodes of psychological thriller miniseries Yudh (2014), Te3n (2016) and mostly recently Netflix spy thriller series Bard of Blood (2019), produced by Shah Rukh Khan.
His upcoming film, The Girl On The Train, is a remake of the 2016 American mystery-thriller film of the same name, which was based on Paula Hawkins’ 2015 novel of the same name. The Hindi remake, produced by Reliance Entertainment, stars Parineeti Chopra in the lead role, as an alcoholic divorcee, Mira Devraj. It also features Kirti Kulhari, Aditi Rao Hydari and Avinash Tiwary, and British actor Sammy John Heaney, in important roles. The film went on the floors in August 2019 and is slated to release in 2020. In a statement released to announce the film, Parineeti had mentioned her new role was a contrast to her personality and said, “I am super excited to be shooting this film because this is a role that I have never experienced before, read before and I think the audience has never experienced this kind of acting piece from me.”