TAAPSE PANNU WANTS TO BAL­ANCE FILMS WITH BUSINESSS PLANS

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

Films never fig­ured in ac­tor Taapsee Pannu’s plans — un­til cinema hap­pened to her. Her pri­mary aim was to get a busi­ness de­gree and be­come an en­tre­pre­neur. Though she has veered off that track, Taapsee might still do some­thing in that field.

The ac­tor got rave re­views for her por­trayal of a young city girl fight­ing for jus­tice in Pink and, more re­cently, her per­for­mance as a spy in Naam Sha­bana was ap­pre­ci­ated. She says, “I en­joy act­ing. But I must con­fess that films made a back-door en­try into my life. I wanted to do my MBA in mar­ket­ing and then fo­cus on star­tups. I al­ready have a wed­ding planner com­pany and I have a cou­ple of more startup ideas. Slowly, one af­ter the other, I mean to start work­ing on them. Now, I guess I’m at a level where I can start all these busi­nesses even with­out an MBA, as I have the re­sources to do that.”

Of late, Taapsee has been in the news for be­ing vo­cal about women’s is­sues. She says, “I’ve al­ways been vo­cal about is­sues con­cern­ing women. It never got high­lighted ear­lier the way it is now.”

Talk­ing about so­cial causes, Taapsee says, “I have been at­tached with an NGO that works for rape vic­tims. I’m also as­so­ci­ated with an NGO for girls’ ed­u­ca­tion. For a few years now, I’ve been spon­sor­ing 10-20 girl chil­dren — this is one is­sue I strongly feel about. I also want to push for gen­der equal­ity.”

Now, I guess I’m at a level where I can start all these busi­nesses even with­out an MBA, as I have the re­sources to do that TAAPSEE PANNU, AC­TOR

PHOTO: YOGEN SHAH

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