‘I’d love to play a sportswoman’
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.”