“I am looking forward to doing a Powerful Negative Role Now !”
From playing a serious role in Baby to a happy- go-lucky sexy babe in Judwaa 2, TAAPSEE PANNU can definitely do it all. She is the ultimate quintessential actor and definitely, a media fave as she’s bold, candid and bindaas. Read on as Khushboo Tiwari converses with the Pink actor about cinema, nepotism, endorsements and more… What is the change you have seen in your journey as an actor?
In the present era, the audience has become very intelligent. You can’t just sell anything to them. People don’t have the time these days, so to keep them glued for two hours to their seats, you have to be really smart. So you need to keep the audience involved. That’s a significant change that I have seen in the past couple of years and that’s really good. It’s not just the writers but everyone brainstorms - the director, producers and actors. Because the battle is not just about people’s reaction after walking out of the theatres but the battle is also about them not touching their phones in between the film. So lately, when I visit theatres to gauge the reaction of people watching my films, I observe if they are touching their phones and when they do that, I learn from that.
What are you looking forward to doing now – a different genre or a dream role?
I am looking forward to doing a powerful negative role now. I don’t really have a particular genre that I want to be a part of.
After the Kangana-KJo slugfest, the Nepotism debate has been on fire. What are your views on nepotism?
While entering the industry, I knew nepotism exists and I was okay with it. Everybody knows what they are signing up for. And if someone doesn’t know that then they probably are living in a bubble and haven’t done their research on the industry well. And it’s not like Kananga didn’t know that nepotism exists, she just mentioned that it exists which all of us agree to.
Is it because you are an outsider that you feel it more…
I am an outsider but I never saw it as a problem. It was just like one of the rules of the game. This is how it’s going to be, so now its on you how you make your way around it.
You’ve entered the league of actors who get many brand endorsements. Are there any constraints on the brand endorsement you’ll do?
I have had an issue when an event sponsored by a fairness cream wanted me to pose with it and talk about it at the event and I didn’t want to do it and so refused. I don’t want to give my opinion about other actors because there are things that I do, which other people don’t approve of. But I strongly feel I will always stand for two things - that I won’t endorse. I will not endorse alcohol unless and until they are doing something really good. And I will never endorse fairness creams.
Recently, you wrote a letter to your school in New Delhi and to the college to introduce self-defence coaching classes for young girls. How did the thought come to your mind?
I wanted to reach this position where people would listen to me. So it’s not like I keep throwing my opinions on everybody but when I give my suggestions, I would really want my audience to hear what I want to say and take it seriously whether they want to do it or not is their choice. I am from Delhi and women need to have more control over their lives because of the situation Delhi is in. In films like Pink and Naam Shabana I have done roles which required a woman to take charge. So I realised how confident and independent you feel once you do that. Today I do feel very confident that I can take care of my own safety. That’s why I wrote the letter to my school. And they did work on it. They organized demo classes and even called me for it.