“I am look­ing for­ward to do­ing a Pow­er­ful Neg­a­tive Role Now !”

Stardust (English) - - COVER STORY -

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.

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