Mumbai: Link-up rumours are unavoidable in showbiz, but bubbly actress Parineeti Chopra is not taking reports of an alleged romance with director Maneesh Sharma lightly.
"Earlier, I used to take it lightly, but when people started writing too many stuff, I got angry, especially about Maneesh," said Parineeti, who was introduced to filmdom by Maneesh with his directorial venture `Ladies vs Ricky Bahl`. She is also playing the female lead in his next - `Shuddh Desi Romance` - coming out Sep 6.
"I am an actress because of him and my feelings toward Maneesh is like too much love and respect for him because he changed my life," said the actress.
"I feel very bad when people say she got a break because they are in a relationship. It`s like linking me with my mentor. Maneesh is my friend, so I can call him and say it`s a crap article and we laugh over it. Even my family laughs over it as they know me very well."
So far, she has teamed up with Ranvir Singh in `Ladies vs Ricky Bahl` and Arjun Kapoor in `Ishaqzaade` while Sushant Singh Rajput is her co-star in `Shuddh Desi Romance`.
The 24-year-old, however, is thankful that she has not been linked up with her co-stars.
She said: "I was never really linked with my co-stars thankfully. Arjun is my closest friend and so is Siddarth Malhotra (her `Hasi Toh Phasi` co-star) and as far as Sushant is concerned he is already booked."