‘I MADE FUN OF MY­SELF’

Taapsee Pannu clears the air on her al­leged mock­ery of film­maker

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

If peo­ple are just go­ing to wait [for a chance] to get hurt, so they can start throw­ing sh** at other peo­ple, you can never stop them TAAPSEE PANNU, AC­TOR

Ac­tor Taapsee Pannu has made her name in Bol­ly­wood with hard­hit­ting roles in Pink and Naam Sha­bana, but it was quite dif­fer­ent in her de­but film, Jhum­mandi Naadam (2010), di­rected by K. Raghaven­dra Rao (right), a leg­end of Tel­ugu cin­ema.

The ac­tor has been roundly bashed on so­cial me­dia for re­fer­ring to Rao’s pen­chant for “show­ing [the hero­ine’s] midriff and throw­ing fruits and flow­ers at it”, in a chat with the com­edy group East In­dia Com­pany. This was said as part of Taapsee’s anec­dote about her first film, but this got an­gry fan reaction like “un­grate­ful”, a “hyp­ocrite” and a “back­stab­ber” for sup­pos­edly for­get­ting her roots and tak­ing a dig at such a veteran film­maker.

Talk­ing to us, Taapsee says, “Er, what did I take a dig at? He’s known [for] that. I have stated a fact, and if you’re tak­ing it in a deroga­tory man­ner, that’s your prob­lem.” She says, “Trust me, him or me, both of us are re­ally un­per­turbed by what­ever I have said, be­cause I’ve seen the video and he has seen it, too, along with his fam­ily, and we are all laugh­ing at it.”

Main­tain­ing that she wasn’t “dis­re­spect­ful” about any­one, Taapsee quips that the only per­son she “made fun of ” in the en­tire chat video was her­self. In it, she had said, “...When my turn came, maybe be­cause my midriff wasn’t quite ready, they threw a co­conut on me! I don’t know what is so sen­su­ous about a co­conut hit­ting my midriff !”

She tells us, “What­ever I men­tioned there was not to make fun of any­one ex­pect me, and it was purely on the ba­sis of facts. I didn’t say any­thing deroga­tory or dis­re­spect­ful to any­one.”

Taapsee, who is do­ing a Tel­ugu film (ti­tled Anando Brahma), adds that as soon as the neg­a­tive re­ac­tions sur­faced, she made it a point to clear the air with Rao. “The only per­son I was con­cerned about was my di­rec­tor and his fam­ily. They told me that they all sat to­gether and saw the video, and laughed at it, and I guess that’s all that mat­ters,” she says.

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