New Delhi, March 15: Parineeti Chopra, who was the only Indian actress at a prestigious event in Dubai where teachers were honoured, says she was “starstruck” upon meeting Hollywood talents Matthew McConaughey and Salma Hayek there. Parineeti attended the Global Teacher Prize event in Dubai on Sunday, and even made time for a selfie moment with McConaughey — a picture perfect moment which was photobombed by actors Abhishek Bachchan and Akshay Kumar. (Read: Akshay Kumar shares selfie of a lifetime with Salma Hayek)
“I was starstruck. It’s not like everyday that you meet these amazing great performers,” Parineeti told IANS over phone from Mumbai, when asked about her meeting with the Hollywood stars. For the 27-year-old actress, it was a “proud moment” to be a part of an event, which also saw the participation of former US President Bill Clinton and Pope Francis.
“The fun and game is on its own, but it was very proud moment for me that I was a part of this,” she said, adding that she, Akshay, Abhishek and even Ali Zafar got ample personal time with “Interstellar” star McConaughey and “Desperado” actress Hayek.
“We actually got a lot of time to spend with them. We were in Akshay’s room just taking pictures, chilling and talking about everything. We all went down to the beach, where the event was being held. The dinner was at the beach, so we just ate together. We got to spend the whole evening with them,” Parineeti said in a tone which exuded excitement.
“I am so glad that they were humble and grateful enough to just spend time with us,” she added. Parineeti even shared that she told McConaughey about her liking for “Interstellar”, while she was surprised when Hayek told her that she has seen some of her work. Together, they even danced to Bollywood songs like “Khaike paan Banaras wala” and “Jumma chumma”.
Describing the moment, Parineeti said: “Ali was singing when he came down and took Abhishek and me on the stage. We started singing and dancing, and then we got Mathew to come on stage with us and I started him teaching him the steps.”
“We even got a lot of time to spend with his wife… So I tried to make her dance. We ended up dancing on Mr. Bachchan’s songs ‘Khaike paan’, a little bit of ‘Jumma chumma’ and a lot of other old Bollywood songs.”