Parineeti Chopra, while attending the graduation day ceremony of the self-defense academy for women with Akshay Kumar in Mumbai, spoke about how poor they were during her childhood, their parents were not having any money, and she used to go to school in cycle.
"I am so touched after coming here. I come from a very small town, Ambala. I had two brothers growing up and we faced a lot of difficulties. We didn't have any money, so I used to commute by cycle to school. We did not have a car or even money to buy tickets for the bus. I used to fight with my parents because I had to cycle to school every day. I didn't have the money to join a martial arts class then. I am so happy that you got this opportunity. Thank yourselves that you are graduating from such an institute. Make use of this knowledge and go kick some ass," she said at the event
Her school friend, Kkanoo Gupta, slammed the actress for painting a sob story of her childhood during a promotional event. He replied saying that Parineeti Chopra was actually rich and coming in cycle at the point was fashion statement.
“Shame........ coming from a privileged background and lying through the teeth in front of camera. I guess this is what being a celebrity means. Create a fabricated sob story of no money no car etc etc.Coming from the same school I probably also remember the car her father used to have. And going to school on a cycle was a trend those days and also a privilege not every one had.My friends from CJM would probably understand the lies a bit better." Posted kkanoo gupta on his Facebook
Kartika Varma Raja, who also went to the same school as Parineeti, agreed that this was not true "Even I am from CJM ambala. @anuj ..this is ridiculous man!! ” Another classmate Deepali Malhotra Bhatti from CJM, replied, “All cjmites can vouch for the lies about her financial status. Most kids from Ambala Cantt cycled to Cjm during those days, including many well-off ones. There could have been eve-teasing on roads but why the sob story of poverty??”
Immediately Parineeti Chopra released a statement saying “I would request everyone concerned to please not let menial things like this take precedence over what I was actually trying to say, about women's safety and challenges that we girls face while growing up.”