‘I can’t af­ford to go wrong with my roles, films’

Ac­tor Taapsee Pannu in a free­wheel­ing chat with HT City dur­ing her stay in Lucknow

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Front Page - deep.sax­ena@htlive.com Deep Sax­ena

C om­ing from a non-filmy back­ground and mak­ing a mark in the Tin­sel town is no mean task. De­spite all the suc­cess she has seen in her filmy ca­reer, Pink-fame ac­tor

Taapsee Pannu feels that she can’t af­ford to go wrong with her roles and films.

“I still don’t con­sider my­self safe or a star. I have lost many films even when they were about to start. The only two con­di­tions to sur­vive here are that ei­ther you have a strong sup­port

or your films are work­ing,” she tells HT City af­ter wrap­ping up the shoot for Anub­hav Sinha’s Mulk in Lucknow.

A soft­ware pro­fes­sional, Ta­pasee says the only op­tion she has is that “All my film needs to do well else I’ll be thrown out of the in­dus­try.”

“For that, I try to work hard and get in­volved in all pos­si­ble ways to bring the best out of it. I don’t act for money. I am a soft­ware en­gi­neer and act­ing just hap­pened to me. I have not learnt act­ing and all my train­ing has been on the sets,” tells the ac­tor who shot to fame with crit­i­cally ac­claimed film Baby and has also acted in Naam Sha­bana and Jud­waa2.

HER DIF­FER­ENT AVTAARS

In Mulk she was spot­ted in a sim­ple avatar. “I try to keep my looks dif­fer­ent in ev­ery film. Here, I play Rishi (Kapoor) sir’s daugh­ter-inlaw. She is a lawyer who has come from Lon­don and fights for the fam­ily’s pride. She has very proper, smart yet very real­is­tic sim­ple looks. It’s un­like Jud­waa2 where I am dressed glam­orously, have flow­ing hair and do a lot of danc­ing on Lon­don streets,” she says. “Things have worked for me only when I have sur­prised peo­ple. Take any of my film and at that point of time no one thought that I can do this. My 10 min­utes role in Baby left an im­pact on au­di­ence. In Pink, even with Mr Bachchan around, my role sur­prised all and in ac­tion­packed Naam Sha­bana my role backed the film and its ti­tle. And when peo­ple started ac­cept­ing me in se­ri­ous roles there came Jud­waa2 with com­plete con­trast.

JUD­WAA, A PAID PIC­NIC!

Tapsee had been do­ing glam­rous roles in South In­dian films for seven years and it’s only now that Hindi film au­di­ence saw her in a dif­fer­ent avatar op­po­site Varun Dhawan. “Jud­waa2 was like a paid pic­nic. I went there, put on make-up, danced on lovely songs and had fun. It was like ‘Jaa Sim­ran jee le apni zindagi’. And then, I changed gears to do some­thing se­ri­ous and Mulk hap­pened,” she says.

ON REAL­IS­TIC CINEMA

“The trend is new and the au­di­ences are still get­ting warmed-up to idea where there are no songs, dance, fight or fancy lo­ca­tions. With fe­males be­ing the hero of the film is even tougher. I think with time these so-called ‘dif­fer­ent films’ will grow,” she says.

On Anub­hav Sinha, she says, “This is a to­tally new Anub­hav that I have known for nearly two years now. He is a real­is­tic per­son and that shows in his film. He is in his true el­e­ments in the film. This is truly what we call a pas­sion project!”

SPORTS FLICK NEXT

She will be next seen in a sports film where she plays an in­ter­na­tional hockey player.

“Play­ing a sportsper­son was on my wish list. I play an in­ter­na­tional hockey player in Flicker Singh- a biopic on hockey star San­deep Singh played by Daljit (Dosanjh). I have trained in hockey be­fore the start of Mulk. I am very happy do­ing a sports film and more than me my fa­ther is happy as he was hockey player on DU level.”

Be­sides, she wants to con­tinue act­ing down south as it has helped her bet­ter un­der­stand Bol­ly­wood.

“This year too I did a fe­male-ori­ented film in Tel­ugu where I came on board on profit-shar­ing ba­sis and it made dou­ble its in­vest­ment. I owe a lot to that in­dus­try,” she says.

Things have worked for me only when I have sur­prised peo­ple. Take any of my film and at that point of time no one thought that I can do this. TAAPSEE PANNU AC­TOR

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Taapsee Pannu

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