‘Nepo­tism tweet wasn’t about Varun at all’

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

Ac­tor Taapsee Pannu, a quin­tes­sen­tial out­sider who has made it big in Bol­ly­wood, cel­e­brates turn­ing 30 to­day. Her ‘call­ing a spade a spade’ per­son­al­ity has trans­lated into some strong char­ac­ters on screen.

Re­turn­ing to the com­edy genre with Jud­waa 2, di­rected by David Dhawan and set for a Septem­ber re­lease, Taapsee looks back at her nepo­tism com­ment, tweeted last De­cem­ber right af­ter the ac­claimed film Pink and just when she had signed up for this com­edy. It went: “Nepo­tism. Fi­nally LEARNT the MEAN­ING of this word. Now will learn to deal with it (sic).” Was it about her co-star Varun Dhawan, son of David Dhawan, or about Ahan Shetty, son of Suniel Shetty, who was ru­moured to be mak­ing his de­but op­po­site Taapsee? “None! It wasn’t re­lated to Varun or Ahan,” Taapsee tells us. “[Varun’s] fa­ther launched me in the Hindi film in­dus­try (with Chashme Bad­door, 2013) and they’re work­ing with me in Jud­waa 2, so there’s no ques­tion that I’ll talk about nepo­tism... to show them in a bad light. As for Ahan, I don’t think the film is hap­pen­ing.”

The nepo­tism row erupted in Bol­ly­wood in March af­ter ac­tor Kan­gana Ra­naut called filmmaker Karan Jo­har the “flag-bearer of nepo­tism”. Clar­i­fy­ing her own stance, Taapsee says, “It was more like I had re­alised that [nepo­tism] ex­ists very strongly, and it’s one of the rules of the in­dus­try.” On Kan­gana’s com­ments, Taapsee adds, “Some­one even­tu­ally spoke about [nepo­tism] and ev­ery­one joined the de­bate.”

It was to say that I’m not go­ing to re­volt against [nepo­tism], but will work around it, and it has be­come a rule of the game for me, too TAAPSEE PANNU, AC­TOR

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