Fit & Fa­mous

En­gi­neer-turned-ac­tor Taapsee Pannu is the woman of the mo­ment. In a can­did chat with ‘H&N’, she talks about her jour­ney from be­ing a techie to an ac­tor, her weight loss se­crets, dare­dev­ilry stunts and more…

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Taapsee Pannu fights fat and turns a fit­ness freak

My 12 p.m. meet with Taapsee starts by 12.10! The lady is pretty punc­tual. Just back from her va­ca­tion in Nor­way, Taapsee looks fresh – her skin is flaw­less and glow­ing. We set­tle down at her cosy yet chic apart­ment in Mum­bai, and start by com­ple­ment­ing her about her place. To which, Taapsee hap­pily replies that she is now the proud owner of her first home in the city, and is very ex­cited about do­ing up the in­te­ri­ors her­self… In our hour-long chat, Taapsee lets us in on her jour­ney till now – from be­ing an en­gi­neer and re­ject­ing an of­fer from In­fosys to do­ing South films, fight­ing fat and be­ing hailed as the ac­tor of sub­stance in Bol­ly­wood to­day.

Child­hood – Fun, Yet Stub­born

“I am a typ­i­cal mid­dle­class Sikh girl from Delhi. But as a kid, I was very stub­born. I re­mem­ber I was in the eighth stan­dard when I started wear­ing glasses, but wanted to wear lenses just a year af­ter that. And my dad

thought that I should wear lenses af­ter turn­ing 18. So the en­tire ninth stan­dard, I fought with him. I would lock my­self in the bed­room and not open the door, un­til he agreed. That’s how I got my lenses in 10th stan­dard. Every­one thought I would be a lawyer as I was so per­sis­tent about ev­ery­thing.”

All-Rounder

“I went to Mata Jai Kaur Pub­lic School, Delhi. I was good in sports, trained in kathak for eight years, was al­ways among the top 10 scor­ers of my class, and was the head girl and the stu­dent of the year. “I took up en­gi­neer­ing as I loved maths and physics, and con­tin­ued all my cocur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in col­lege too. I par­tic­i­pated in de­bates, formed my own dance group in col­lege - I joined Shiamak’s dance group later.”

Mod­el­ling Stint

“Since I was proac­tive and looked de­cent, peo­ple asked me to start mod­el­ling. That’s how I got my pic­tures clicked and started mod­el­ling for pocket money - to spend on shop­ping and watch­ing movies... But I didn’t re­ally en­joy it. “Even though I got many good brands, I al­ways felt con­sti­pated in front of the cam­era - hold­ing one ex­pres­sion for that per­fect click. My ad ban­ners were all over the city but there was no one who knew my name. “In the last year of col­lege though, I fo­cused only on stud­ies. I got placed in In­fosys dur­ing my cam­pus se­lec­tion, but I didn’t join them as by then, I de­cided to get a mas­ter’s de­gree and work only af­ter that.”

From En­gi­neer­ing To Movies

“How­ever, it was also dur­ing my fi­nal year that I started get­ting calls for films in the South, and I would re­ply in the neg­a­tive say­ing, ‘I don’t know the lan­guage, I can­not act. Why are you call­ing me?’ But the re­sponse al­ways was, ‘Don’t worry, we will teach you’. They sounded more con­fi­dent than me… “So af­ter my en­gi­neer­ing, when I dropped a year to pre­pare for my masters - and be­ing the hy­per­ac­tive per­son that I am - I thought why not try South films if all I have to do is sit at home and study for one full year? “Till to­day when­ever peo­ple ask me, ‘What is the cra­zi­est thing you have ever done?’ I say, ‘Fly­ing South to land in a city I had never

“Even though I got many good brands, I al­ways felt con­sti­pated in front of the cam­era - hold­ing one ex­pres­sion for that per­fect click. My ad ban­ners were all over the city but there was no one who knew my name.”

With her fam­ily...

Brand en­dorse­ments dur­ing col­lege....

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