When Taapsee got Big B’s let­ter

Ac­tor Taapsee Pannu re­calls fond me­mories of Pink, which re­leased two years ago, and her ‘cool equa­tion’ with Amitabh Bachchan

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - LIFESTYLE - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Film­maker Anirud­dha Roy Chowd­hury’s 2016 film Pink was a game changer, not just for the ac­tors in the film but also in the way the coun­try viewed the con­cept of con­sent. Ac­tor Taapsee Pannu, who played the pro­tag­o­nist in the Na­tional Award-win­ning film shared gritty scenes with veteran ac­tor Amitabh Bachchan.

Af­ter two years of the film’s re­lease, the two ac­tors share a great re­la­tion­ship, de­spite be­ing decades apart in age.

“I just cher­ished every­thing from the film, whether it was the first day of my shoot­ing with Mr Bachchan, where I could not keep my eyes sta­ble when a scene was be­ing shot, or the court room se­quences where af­ter a re­ally tough scene he hugged me,” says Taapsee.

“It’s very in­ter­est­ing to see that my film Man­marziyaan has re­leased so close to the date of Pink’s re­lease, two years ago (Pink re­leased on Septem­ber 16, 2016). The best part is that Amitabh sir has seen the film and he sent a hand­writ­ten let­ter for me. I have been wait­ing for this from the time I did Pink,” shares an ex­cited Taapsee.

The ac­tor, who also shared screen space with other ac­tors such as An­gad Bedi and Kirti Kul­hari in the court­room drama re­calls an in­ci­dent.

“I think I re­mem­ber the time when he (Amitabh Bachchan) was recit­ing his fa­ther’s (late Hari­vansh Rai Bachchan) po­ems and we would just sit around him and lis­ten. We share such a cool equa­tion. Pink and Mr Bachchan re­main a re­ally spe­cial film and co-star for me,” she says.

Af­ter Pink, Taapsee went on to do mul­ti­ple suc­cess­ful films such as Jud­waa 2 (2017) and Naam Sha­bana (2017). She adds that Pink has helped her get a clear per­spec­tive in her ca­reer.

“Pink was an im­por­tant film be­cause it re­ally helped me get a sense of di­rec­tion as to what kind of roles peo­ple want me to do and like me do­ing and what re­ally works for me. It was pretty de­ci­sive,” shares Taapsee.

I re­mem­ber the time when he (Amitabh Bachchan) was recit­ing his fa­ther’s po­ems and we would just sit around him and lis­ten. Pink and Mr Bachchan re­main a re­ally spe­cial film and co­star for me.

TAAPSEE PANNU AC­TOR

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

Taapsee Pannu has re­ceived a hand­writ­ten let­ter from her Pink co­star Amitabh Bachchan af­ter he watched her re­cent film, Man­marziyaan

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