Sunday December 8, 2019

Actress Taapsee Pannu Decides Not to Give up South Indian Films

Hindi not pan-India language, won't give up South films: Taapsee

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Having played strong characters in films like 'Pink' and 'Naam Shabana', Taapse believes women should be like that in real life too. Wikimedia Commons

Hindi is not a pan-India language and giving up acting in south Indian films would be a “very stupid” move, actor Taapsee Pannu said on Saturday, insisting that she did not use Tamil and Telugu films as a stepping stone to gain entry into Bollywood.

Pannu also said that few actors manage to crossover different genres of cinema, made in varying langauges and regions and get known in small centres in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana as well as in the Hindi-speaking belt.

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Disturbed by how some communities are targeted: Taapsee Pannu. IANS

“I think few actors make that crossover successfully and I don’t want to leave that position. It would be very stupid of me to leave that market. It is perceived that Hindi is a pan-India thing, but I do not think so. I will continue to work in South,” Pannu said.

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“South has taught me what film-making is. It made me an actor. So there is a sense of gratitude, that I have. At no point of time, I used it as a stepping stone to get into Bollywood. They (South Indian films) taught me what light is, what camera is. I cannot leave it,” Pannu also said. (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)