Actress Parineeti Chopra has responded to a man Kkanoo Gupta’s claim that she was “lying through her teeth” about cycling to school every day due to her family’s financial situation. Alleging that her story was being misconstrued, Parineeti said that many people had failed to get the essence of what she was trying to say.
“As long as I was in school in Ambala my brothers and I did not have access to a car and driver to take us to school so they took the bus and I cycled. My dad followed close behind me to ensure I reached school safely. My dad did have a car that he used for his office work but we kids did not use if for school travel.”
My statement ?? pic.twitter.com/U3mwLUJ0So
— BINDU (@ParineetiChopra) May 30, 2017
The tweet came in response to a post by Kkanoo Gupta, a man who claims to be her schoolmate from Ambala, Haryana. Gupta shared a video of her talking at a self-defence academy alongside Akshay Kumar.
In his post, Gupta said that the story of her cycling was false, as she was always dropped and picked up in a car. The post read:
“Parineeti Chopra 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. SIC.”
Kkanoo has since deleted the post.
In the video, Parineeti and Akshay Kumar are at a self-defense academy for women in Mumbai.
In the video, she talks about how as a child, she and her two brothers faced a lot of difficulties. She says they never had money for a bus, car or driver.
“We used to cycle and go to school. School was a 15 minute route, and Ambala is a small town. My dad used to get so scared about me cycling alone since he was worried that boys would tease me. He would slowly follow me around in his own cycle behind me, just to keep an eye. I used to hate cycling to school but my dad said that it’s important to learn how to be independent. I didn’t understand it then but I understand now,” she says.