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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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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)