Taapsee Pannu is aim­ing much higher

The Bollywood actor says that she’ll feel like a star only when she can ask film­mak­ers to cast her

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

Given the suc­cess of her re­cent films, Naam Sha­bana and Pink, actor Taapsee

Pannu (right) is en­joy­ing a great phase in her ca­reer. How­ever, she says that she never planned a route to suc­cess and that good films have just hap­pened to her in Bollywood.

“Un­til now, [for] what­ever I have got, I have only one thing to say, ‘Beg­gars can’t be choosers,’” Taapsee laughs, adding, “I’m not in a po­si­tion [where] I would ap­proach a good direc­tor and say how much I’d like to work with him or her — I don’t think I have achieved that po­si­tion yet. The only film that I signed af­ter Pink is Jud­waa 2. So, it’s not like I am go­ing ahead and choos­ing such films. Out of the of­fers I’m get­ting, I’m just try­ing to pick the best. I’d say that I have been lucky in terms of the op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Taapsee hopes that she con­tin­ues to do good work, so that one day she can ask film­mak­ers to con­sider her for their films. “My aim is to achieve that level when I’d walk up to a direc­tor and ask him or her to take me on board for their films. The day that hap­pens, that day I would be­come a star,” she adds.

The actor shares that she feels drawn to­wards strong fe­male-cen­tric films, say­ing, “I en­joy play­ing strong fe­male char­ac­ters on screen. Play­ing Sha­bana (Naam Sha­bana) was re­ally sat­is­fy­ing, as was play­ing Meenal (Pink). I feel a strong con­nect with such char­ac­ters.”

DE­SPITE HER SUC­CESS, TAAPSEE PANNU SAYS THAT AS YET, SHE’S PICKING THE BEST FROM THE ROLES OF­FERED, RATHER THAN GO­ING FOR WHAT SHE WANTS

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