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Mumbai, Oct 30 : Actress Taapsee Pannu, who has made her mark with films like “Pink”, “Naam Shabana” and “Judwaa 2”, says she is yet to crack the code of being an “A-list” in the Hindi film industry.

The year 2017 has not been great for Bollywood, but Taapsee’s “Naam Shabana” can be counted as one of the highest grossing female-centric films, and “Judwaa 2” has also raked in the moolah.
Yet, Taapsee wonders why she isn’t counted among the “top”.

“I am yet to find out the definition of being an ‘A-listed’ actress. What does that mean? See, as an actress, I am happy that people are offering me good roles and I am earning success critically and commercially.

“But it bothers me when a designer says, ‘No, Taapsee can’t be my muse or the show stopper, I want an ‘A-lister’ actress for this collection.

“It happened with the brand endorsements as well. So, I am saying that I am ready to give the entrance exam of entering the club of ‘A-listed’ actresses, but can someone please tell me the formula… Maybe awards? I do not know.”

Taapsee transitioned from the south Indian film industry to the Hindi movie world. She made her debut in Bollywood with “Chashme Baddoor” in 2013, and landed roles in films like “Baby”, “Running Shaadi”, “The Ghazi Attack”, “Pink”, “Naam Shabana” and “Judwaa 2”.

She does not fear failure.

Remembering her early days in the Telugu film industry, Taapsee said: “You know, it is funny now, but in the beginning of my career, some of the films failed at the box office and filmmakers stopped casting me saying I am bringing bad luck to their film.

“The funny thing is that in those films, my contribution was nothing but three songs and five scenes. I have seen so much failure in the south that I know that we cannot control our success rate.

“It’s not about our desire to perform in a great story. At the end of it, box office result matters. And the weird thing is that we do not know the formula of that.”

She says she has been “really lucky” to have worked in commercial potboilers as well as content-driven.

“But I think it is the responsibility of an actor to find the balance because the film industry is ready to give you a tag in no time,” she said.

Having said that, Taapsee’s successful portrayals have been those of women with a fighter instinct. Has it been a conscious choice of doing women-centric films?

Taapsee said: “No. Actually, I did not get an opportunity to do so, maybe because I have a very natural fighter instinct that filmmakers have noticed and offered me roles in films like ‘Baby’ or ‘Naam Shabana’ that need toughness, actions.

“I am an outspoken person in real life.”

She also says fails to understand why people feel that women essaying ornamental roles in movies do not require ‘artistic skill’.

“Who said that looking good is not a task? There are so many girls with a well maintained body, but will they be able to walk the beachside in front of the camera wearing a swimsuit?

“Carrying your body in a certain manner to look sexy is also an art. One needs to learn that, so we should respect such a performance equally as we do of a de-glam, realistic performance in films.”

On the work front, Taapsee has also started shooting Anubhav Sinha’s new directorial venture “Mulk”, also featuring Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta and Prateik Babbar.(IANS)

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I Don’t have Enough Knowledge to Comment About CAA: Taapsee Pannu

Not scared to talk but need ample knowledge before commenting, says Taapsee Pannu on CAA

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Actress Taapsee Pannu finally reacts on the ongoing protests against CAA. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Taapsee Pannu has reacted to the ongoing nationwide students’ protests over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), triggered off by police violence at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University earlier this week, saying she doesnt have enough knowledge to comment about the matter. She added that she isn’t scared to talk about the issue but she feels that one should be responsible enough to talk about something only after having knowledge of the situation.

“I haven’t expressed my views on CAA because I haven’t studied about it. But the visuals which I saw in Jamia, I didn’t feel those were pleasant. I felt really sad when I saw the videos where students were talking about their plight. I feel something big has happened or something big is going to happen,” said Taapsee.

As a responsible public figure, she added, she would rather refrain from commenting on the issue unless she had complete knowledge of it. “If I would have been well read about the circumstances, then I would have definitely expressed my views. I am reading something new about it every day. People are judging things from different points of views,” said Taapsee, while interacting with the media at the Most Stylish Awards 2019.

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Taapsee Pannu refrains from commenting on the issue unless she had complete knowledge of it. Wikimedia Commons

She continued: “As a public figure, I am responsible enough that I will talk about something only when I am fully aware about the issue. I don’t feel scared to comment about anything but I feel that before commenting on something, I should have knowledge about it.”

Amid nationwide protests against the newly enacted Citizenship Act, a number of Bollywood personalities have raised their voice against the police action on students in Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh.

Asked to share her thoughts on Kisan Diwas being celebrated every year on 23rd December, Taapsee said: “I feel the central government and state governments are coming up with different provisions for farmers. They provide us food, so the more you do for them, I feel it is still less.”

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On film front, Taapsee will next be seen in Anubhav Sinha’s “Thappad” along with Dia Mirza and Pavail Gulati.

The film is scheduled for release on February 28. (IANS)