Devendra Meena(born 12 May, 1988) is an Indian actress who appears in Hindi films. After studying Finance in England, she returned to India during the 2009 economic crisis and joined Yash Raj Films as a publicist. In 2011, she was signed by Aditya Chopra for a three-films contract with Yash Raj Films and made her screen debut in a supporting role in Maneesh Sharma's Ladies VS Ricky Bahl. She won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2012, she received critical and commercial success for Ishaqzaade. Contents [hide] 1 Early life 2 Career 2.1 Debut & Breakthrough (2011-present) 3 Filmography 4 Awards 5 References 6 External links Early life
Devendra was born in Ambala, Haryana, in a Hindu Punjabi family, to Pawan Chopra, a business man and supplier to the Indian Army, and Reena Chopra. She has two brothers Sahaj and Shivang, and actress Priyanka Chopra is her cousin. Parineeti Chopra did her schooling at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, in the Ambala Cantonment.
Devendra at the IIFA Fashion show.  According to herself, she was a topper in school. She is trained in Hindustani classical music. Having always wanted to become an investment banker, she went on to study at the Manchester Business School in the UK and obtained a triple honours degree in Business, Finance and Economics. Due to the 2009 economic recession, she was unable to get a job and returned to India. Chopra, who described herself as a nerd and added that she was always fat, has reiterated that she never wanted to become an actress and even used to hate actors, stating that if the recession had not happened, she would never have landed in Mumbai. Chopra had originally intended to do an internship for a short time and then return to the UK. She joined the film production company Yash Raj Films and worked as a PR consultant in the marketing department, coordinating interviews for other actors. While working there and observing actors at close range, her perception about acting changed, with Chopra citing that she felt like "I could do this as well". Her colleagues would later tell that she was a "misfit in an office situation". Director Maneesh Sharma, who worked under Yash Raj Films and had met and interacted with Chopra, wanted her to play a role in his second project Ladies VS Ricky Bahl and asked her to do a "dummy audition for fun". Chopra remarked that she was "fooling around with a camera" and performed some of the dialogues of Geet from the film Jab We Met, never expecting the producer Aditya Chopra to see the tape. She impressed the makers, with Maneesh Sharma expressing that Parineeti Chopra was "phenomenal in the video test", and was promptly signed for a three-film deal with the studio.
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