Bollywood starlet Parineeti Chopra was recently announced as the leading lady for the Indian remake of the Hollywood thriller, The Girl on the Train. The actor, who will be stepping into the shoes of Emily Blunt for her upcoming venture, revealed she is not imitated by the American star and will give her best performance. Simultaneously, she shared she is ready to “embrace the fact that parallels will be drawn”. While she remains confident about her forthcoming project, the filmmakers seemed to be having a tough time searching for a male lead that would fit the role to a tee.
In a recent development, director Ribhu Das Gupta’s hunt has finally come to an end, with Avinash Tiwari roped in opposite Parineeti. The actor, who essayed the protagonist in Imtiaz Ali’s Laila Majnu is reported to be the perfect choice for the role. “Avinash has a great screen presence and the makers needed an actor who also did not have too much of an image, as it is principally a female-driven subject and the male should not have any audience sympathy at any point,” stated a trade source.
Avinash will be playing Parineeti’s husband in the remake. The Girl on the Train unravels the story of a girl who takes a train every day while suffering from depression and what she sees one day changes her life. She previously said, “There is nothing an actor in the remake can do to steer away from this conversation so the best way to approach this film for me is to embrace the fact that parallels will be drawn. Since the original film was so well received by people, I’m hoping my film will also receive equal acclaim. I’m not thinking too much about the comparisons because I want to do my best to bring this character to life for Indian audiences.” Parineeti will also be playing Saina Nehwal in a biopic on the latter.