‘I felt like an over en­thu­si­as­tic kid around the Pres­i­dent’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

Ac­tor Taapsee Pannu be­came a house­hold name ever since she shared screen space with ac­tor Amitabh Bachchan in the crit­i­cally-ac­claimed court­room drama, Pink (2016). The film spoke about a woman’s right to say ‘no’ to a sex­ual ad­vance made against her will.

The film was screened for the Ra­jasthan Po­lice and later at the United Na­tions head­quar­ters in New York City. And on Satur­day, the en­tire cast of Pink was in­vited to the Rash­tra­p­ati Bhawan for a spe­cial screen­ing of the film for Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee. The en­tire cast of the film, in­clud­ing ac­tors Taapsee Pannu, Amitabh Bachchan, An­gad Bedi, An­drea Tar­i­ang along with di­rec­tor Anirud­dha Roy Chowd­hury and pro­ducer Shoo­jit Sir­car was present for the screen­ing.

Speak­ing about the visit, Taapsee says, “We re­ceived a very warm wel­come. It was like walk­ing into the largest palace in the world. Soon af­ter the screen­ing got over, we were fe­lic­i­tated by the Pres­i­dent. Later, he joined us for din­ner, too.”

And Taapsee con­fesses that she was ex­tremely ex­cited through­out the visit. “An over-en­thu­si­as­tic kid was jump­ing in­side me think­ing how un­real it is to have din­ner sit­ting right next to the Pres­i­dent. Even though he was very sweet, warm and in­ter­ac­tive, I was very cau­tious that I shouldn’t vi­o­late any pro­to­col.”

Dur­ing his in­ter­ac­tion, the Pres­i­dent lauded the film, says Taapsee: “He said that he was really im­pressed with the mes­sage we con­veyed through the film and how we pre­sented the is­sue.”

PHOTO: IANS/RB

Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee fe­li­ci­at­ing ac­tor Taapsee Pannu while ac­tors Amitabh Bachchan and An­drea Tar­i­ang look on

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