TAAPSEE’S BREAK­OUT

India Today - - LEISURE - —Suhani Singh

For some­one who grew up never want­ing to act, Taapsee Pannu is about to have the year of her life in 2017. In Feb­ru­ary, the Pink ac­tress will ap­pear in two films. As the fe­male lead of Run­ning­shaadi.com, a ro­man­tic com­edy, she plays Nimmi, a feisty Pun­jabi wo­man “who al­ways needs to have the last word”. She also has a cameo in The Ghazi At­tack, an ac­tion thriller that takes place at sea. In late March, she will star in

Naam Shabana, her first hero­ine-led project, which traces the jour­ney of the spy she played in Neeraj Pandey’s Baby (2015). “I never dreamed that I would get a ti­tle role so early in my ca­reer,” she says. “I can lit­er­ally count on my fin­gers the num­ber of peo­ple I know in the film in­dus­try.”

Apart from film­mak­ers Shoo­jit Sir­car and Pandey, they in­clude her Chashme Bad­door di­rec­tor David Dhawan, with whom she col­lab­o­rates again for Jud­waa 2—slated for re­lease in Septem­ber. She is also not giv­ing up on South In­dian cinema, where she got her first break. She will soon start shoot­ing a hor­ror com­edy in Tel­ugu.

An en­gi­neer by ed­u­ca­tion, Pannu owns a wed­ding plan­ning com­pany called Wed­ding Fac­tory, which she runs in part­ner­ship with her sis­ters and friends. The idea was to do some­thing com­pletely re­moved from the fre­netic and ab­sorb­ing world of films, she says. Spe­cial­is­ing in dé­cor, it’s not only for brides who have crores to throw at their big day. “I love cre­at­ing fan­tasy worlds,” Pannu says. “It is not like ‘Itna bud­get hoga toh hi [if the bud­get is big], only then will Taapsee be a part of it’.”

Taapsee Pannu

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