Taapsee Pannu Just Wanna Have Fun!

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Un­like her roles - se­ri­ous and de­ter­mined, this pretty damsel just wanted to have fun. In fact, she in­sisted that she wanted to break the ‘reel’ ice and show her real true self. Feisty yet fun, TAAPSEE PANNU is in­deed gor­geous. In a free-wheel­ing chat with Josh Chakraborty, she gig­gles through her take on life, films and more…

In your movie PINK, were you un­com­fort­able play­ing your char­ac­ter?

No. I was to­tally in favour of do­ing the role. I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter role. The film was in­spired from mul­ti­ple sto­ries and based on true court cases. In fact, the writer of the film of­ten at­tended many court cases to un­der­stand the nitty-grit­ties be­fore they pinned down the script. It has been re­searched on the lines of real cases. But not on any one par­tic­u­lar case as such.

Why did you do this film? Was it to spread a mes­sage or play an in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter?

Ek teer se do nishaana is the per­fect line to say. I knew I could pull it off con­vinc­ingly, be­cause I, am a Delhi-girl. Though, I have not gone through the same in­ci­dents but have heard of sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions in life from a lot of other girls. There­fore, I felt it was some­thing I could voice com­fort­ably. And I felt if some­one does ad­dress the ele­phant in the room, peo­ple would def­i­nitely be im­pacted. They would take no­tice, talk about it, and even­tu­ally, it would go on to be a din­ing ta­ble dis­cus­sion. With that in­ten­tion, we made the film.

How was the ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Amitabh Bachchan?

I’ve only an­swered this ques­tion 1025 times. (Laughs) As clichéd as it may sound, it was an hon­our to share screen space with him be­cause of the kind of fil­mog­ra­phy, the jour­ney he has had and the per­son he is. He car­ries an aura with him. As an ac­tor, I am not a per­son who has been smit­ten by Bollywood be­cause while grow­ing up, I never re­ally had an in­ten­tion of get­ting into it. So for me, he was a big star, but it wasn’t like I would faint looking at him. But when you meet him, you’ll know why he is called “The Amitabh Bachchan”. But what stays back is the high that I got when I was shar­ing screen space with him. The high I got looking into his eyes while per­form­ing. I en­joyed each and ev­ery sec­ond I shared with him. There was noth­ing called in­tim­i­da­tion. It was some en­ergy that he ex­u­ber­ates which re­ally thrived me on to per­form and I give that a lot of credit for my per­for­mance, es­pe­cially in the court se­quences. Act­ing is all about re­act­ing. It was be­cause of him that I could re­act so well. Did you find it dif­fi­cult to switch from South films to Bollywood? It was dif­fi­cult for me to adapt in the South be­cause I am a Del­hi­girl. I re­mem­ber for my first film in Bollywood, I was just com­ing to terms that I was at last talk­ing in my own lan­guage in front of the cam­era. That was new, I had never acted in Hindi in my life be­fore that, not even in school nor col­lege. So it was like a first time ex­pe­ri­ence talk­ing in Hindi in front of the cam­era and I was com­ing to terms with that. The ini­tial bump is al­ways there, a road­block kind of a feel­ing, but once you over­power it, the sky be­comes the limit.

Sup­pos­edly, you’ve be­come the en­dorse­ment band­wagon’s favourite girl. You’ve even taken Ka­t­rina Kaif’s place in one. Is she up­set with you?

I don’t want to get into how sad or up­set she is. I can’t re­ally com­pare my­self to her. She’s been there for much longer than I have been around. I’m just get­ting in there now. There have been brands kind enough to no­tice that I can prob­a­bly be the face for their brand but I don’t know who I am re­plac­ing or who all I have re­placed. But it’s a natural process that keeps hap­pen­ing in the in­dus­try. Some­one takes over and an­other comes. There’ll be some­one re­plac­ing me as well. It’s just a cy­cle.

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