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Taapsee Pannu Has Been Crazily Adventurous With Her Life

I am that person who loves to go somewhere where nobody has

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I've been crazily adventurous with my life: Taapsee Pannu.

From a girl who loved studies to becoming an actress, Taapsee Pannu journey has been a roller-coaster ride. She says she has always been about exploring the unexplored.

Taapsee Pannu, who has featured in films like “Baby”, “Pink” and “Mulk”, featured in entertainment-based audio show “Take 2 with Anupama and Rajeev” in which she spoke about her life and career, read a statement.

Asked when did she realise she wanted to be an actor, Taapsee Pannu said: “After my first film released. Actually that is true and by no means it should be taken that I don’t love my job right now. I am doing it because I am loving it. In the beginning, I have been very honest about the fact it was not something that I planned for myself.

“I wanted to do MBA in marketing and do a regular job, probably something creative but in the MBA space, but not this risky or crazy I’ll say. I jumped into this profession only to while away one year of my life while I prep for my MBA. And when movies happened, I took two films at a time — one Tamil, one Telugu to see, ‘Let’s have fun, enjoy, we will learn something new and life is not really wasted, and rather than sitting at home and only studying, might as well learn something new as well’.”

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Taapsee Pannu. IANS

Her Telugu film became a hit while Tamil movie “Aadukalam” won multiple National Awards.

That was when she felt it was destiny’s way of telling her “something”. “I (thought I) should listen to it.”

As a girl from Delhi, how did she land up in a Tamil or Telugu film?

“I have been very crazily adventurous with my life and age has now made me sober down a little bit. But I have been insanely crazy. I love doing something which is not expected and obviously I have this fascination. This fascination took me to a place near central Delhi somewhere in the middle of forest area which was supposed to be having some weird history and haunted and all that, and I just wanted to explore.

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Taapsee Pannu.

“I am that person who loves to go somewhere where nobody has.

“I did get Hindi offers but those were like with no literally no names. I didn’t hear about those guys before nor did Google mention much. I Googled about the guys who offered films me in South and they were really big names.”

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One filmmaker she really wants to work with is Mani Ratnam.

“I want to be a Mani Ratnam heroine once. Very rarely I get to be a heroine first of all, so I want to be a Mani Ratnam heroine because it is something very pure and real at the same. He is one director who can… You will be real as a character but he will still make you look aspirational at the same time,” said the “Manmarziyaan” actress. (IANS)

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Bollywood Has A Long Way To Go: Taapsee Pannu

Taapsee Pannu hopes that gender-neutral wages should become a reality in Bollywood

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Taapsee Pannu talks about the gender inequality in Bollywood. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood has a long way to go as far before pay parity between male and female actors happens, actress Taapsee Pannu claimed on Saturday, hoping that gender-neutral wages would become a reality in her lifetime.

“We have a long way to go. It is insane,” Taapsee said, at an interactive session during the ongoing 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is underway in Goa.

She said the amount that actresses get in Bollywood are “not even half of (what) the leading men (get paid)”, and added: “It is way less than one-fourth at times — to be honest, even less. Half of the salary of the leading hero is the entire budget of a female-driven film of an A-list actress,” Taapsee said.

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Taapsee Pannu said that the amount that actresses get in Bollywood are not even half of what the leading men get paid. Wikimedia Commons

The ‘Pink’ actress also said that at times, even top female leads were paid one-fourth of the remuneration paid to a male star, and added that only box-office success of women-oriented films would end the sexist lopsidedness.

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“I hope it changes in my lifetime. That can happen when more and more people walk into a female-driven film in theatres. Only box-office can change this. Yes, women-driven films have increased drastically over the last four to five years but the big difference will happen when the (box-office) numbers come in. There is no other way,” she summed it up. (IANS)