I’m sure all the ladies will agree with debutante fashionista, Pernia Qureshi, who thinks that Ranbir Kapoor is a complete package. After all, the guy’s got looks, acting talent, and seems like a nice guy (despite what his ex-gfs may say!) Pernia Qureshi is a pioneer in the fashion industry, who shot to fame after styling fashion icon Sonam Kapoor for Aisha. Plus, she made luxury brands accessible to the people with her online venture Pernia Pop-Up Shop. Now, Pernia is ready to make a transition from stylist to actor and will be making her Bollywood debut with Muzaffar Ali’s Jaanisaar and will star opposite Imran Abbas Naqvi. She is to play a courtesan in the 1870s pre-Independence drama.
Pernia revealed that the film will have a lot in common with the 1981 Rekha-Farooq Sheikh starrer, Umrao Jaan, but this film is not a sequel or remake. Pernia explained in a press release, “It’s a new film set in a similar milieu. The film is a historic drama revolving around our freedom struggle.” She also elaborated saying that while Rekha’s character had a quiet and mysterious demeanor, her enchanting character Noor is outspoken and progressive. She went on to emphasize, “I am not copying Rekha or Aish.”
The fashionista, designer, dancer, entrepreneur, who claims to not like free time at all, is totally focused on her acting career right now and feels that creative satisfaction is her biggest motivator. Though it was her first time facing the camera, she found it similar to performing live on the stage. With guidance from director Muzaffar Ali and her male lead Imran, things were made easy for this multi-talented beauty. She is not bothered about the controversies that surround heroines and has strong opinions about ignoring them, believing instead in just doing her job. When asked to name the one actor and actress respectively who are a complete package in Bollywood, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha were her instant choices.
Growing up in a Urdu speaking house where her mother made sure that she would not forget her mother tongue, the dialect of the 1870’s was not much of a challenge for her, after just a few rehearsals. Talking about her co-star Imran Abbas Naqvi, she was all praise for him, both as a person and as an actor. A big star in Pakistan, he evidently helped her out with the dialogues and according to her, was a great guy to work with. Their good chemistry will soon be evident on screens! Here’s wishing all the best to the beautiful talent on her all new role as an actress.