Taapsee Pannu Just Wanna Have Fun!
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.