‘I’d love to play a sportswoman’

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I’ve gained a lot of con­fi­dence in terms of de­ci­sion-mak­ing with re­gards to my ca­reer choices,” says Taapsee Pannu about be­ing in a good phase pro­fes­sion­ally. The last two years were par­tic­u­larly pos­i­tive for her ca­reer with not just her movies work­ing at the box of­fice, but she also fetched ac­claim for her per­for­mances. Her last hit Jud­waa 2 was one of the high­est grossers of 2017. So she now wants to fo­cus on bal­anc­ing com­mer­cial projects with con­tent-driven movies. “The fact that both the worlds are taken care of is grat­i­fy­ing. My de­ci­sions have worked when I’ve tried to sur­prise ev­ery­one with my choices. Maybe I’ve al­ready shown va­ri­ety in terms of the gen­res. I am go­ing to con­tinue to take up roles which are not run-ofthe-mill and at the same time bal­ance it with some­thing com­mer­cial. Be­cause I also don’t want the au­di­ence to get bored, see­ing me do only hard­hit­ting roles. I think the im­pact of hard­hit­ting roles lessens if you keep do­ing it back-to- back. You need to match it up with some­thing light­hearted, which is the com­mer­cial pot­boiler cat­e­gory. I will strike that bal­ance and raise the bar at the same time,” says the Pink (2016) ac­tor.

Taapsee adds that light­hearted movies are “chal­leng­ing in their own way”. “It may not be men­tally hard on the brain, but phys­i­cally dif­fi­cult — where you’ve to look like a mil­lion bucks in ev­ery shot,” she says. The ac­tor cur­rently has about four films in her kitty, but she prefers shoot­ing only one at a time. “For­tu­nately, all the films that I take up end in one shot. I work on it from start to end. It helps you to stay tuned with that char­ac­ter,” says Taapsee.

One of her projects is a biopic, and the ac­tor is keen on tak­ing up more such projects. “Not be­cause it’s the flavour of the sea­son. In our coun­try, we have so many beau­ti­ful suc­cess sto­ries. I am a keen fol­lower of sports; I’d love to play a sportswoman. Maybe a biopic in pol­i­tics, for in­stance a film on the life of Indira Gandhi,” she says.

Will she con­tinue to act in Tel­ugu and Tamil cin­ema? “I’m glad my au­di­ences ac­cept me in south (India). I’ll try to act in one film in the South ev­ery year.”

Taapsee Pannu

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