Interview: Taapsee Pannu on being a quintessential middle-class Bollywood heroine and more

Taapsee Pannu says she is a proud Bollywood heroine and with Judwaa 2, she is bringing something that she has herself grown up watching

It’s a good year for actor Taapsee Pannu. After the success of her last year release, Pink, that also featured Amitabh Bachchan in the lead, Taapsee has now become one of the most sought after actresses in Hindi cinema today. She had debuted in the Hindi film industry with David Dhawan’s rom-com, Chashme Baddoor. And now, after her two releases — The Ghazi Attack and Running Shaadi, she is gearing up for the shoot of Judwaa 2.

While in Delhi a few days back, Taapsee talked to InUth and mentioned how fortunate she feels to be doing what she always wanted to do. By her own admission, she is enjoying probably the best phase of her life in terms of work currently and is happy with the kind of projects coming her way. Check out this brief interview where Taapsee mentions how she is still a middle-class girl and a proud Bollywood heroine.

On Pink being the most remarkable film of her career

Pink was not just the most remarkable film of my career, but it was one of the most remarkable films of the year and for Indian cinema for that matter. When you talk about success and failure, it goes beyond just one film. It is not as if Pink was my third or fourth film. I have done many films before. I have seen success and failure before. Pink was something else. It has reached people’s minds and hearts. People have taken me (Meenal Arora) back with them. They considered my role as part of their lives. I felt like a part of my audience. That’s what Pink is for me.

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On playing characters which are ordinary young girls in films

Yes. I am a very middle class, kind of a regular girl in real life. I am from that background. It’s only been a month that I have kept a driver. I have only seen that world. And that’s why I think I am probably perfect in representing that world. I want to work for the audience that belongs to that world. I have always lived a very middle-class kind of lifestyle — boarding DTC buses to bargaining with auto walahs to shop on streets. I think that’s what helps me portray my characters on screen. And I like it when my audience connects with my roles. They make me feel that I am one among them and that’s the relation I want to establish through my work.

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Taapsee Pannu (Courtesy: IANS)

On doing an out and out commercial entertainer like Judwaa 2

I have grown up watching such films. I have grown up watching Judwaa. If I can spend Rs 500 to go and watch a film like this, why won’t I like my audience to go and watch such a film when it has me? That’s the kind of cinema we get entertained with. And I am a very proud Bollywood heroine. I would always love to do that kind of role as well. This is more important because one has to realise that I can’t offer the same kind of cinema to my audience back to back. If I keep doing the kind of hard-hitting cinema like Pink, the impact of that role will die. As actors or people who are associated with this creative business, we have to constantly change gears because that is what keeps the audience excited.

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