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Taapsee Pannu: Female actors are now being taken more seriously than ever before

Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu believes that the film industry and the society follows patriarchal mindset. “Being a female actor, who has a strong opinion and is not willing to sacrifice or leave her self-respect is tough. Sometimes I ask myself, ‘Do I compromise with my self-respect or do I go and do something which will be for the larger good of my career?’

“Sometimes I have to be really clever and smart to manoeuvre because I know it is going to benefit (my career). But sometimes I have to put my foot down for my self-respect which doesn’t go down well with a lot of people,” said Taapsee in an interview.

The 30 year old actor further stated, “A lot of female actors have now become more vocal. At least they are questioning. How strongly they are putting their foot down, I don’t know. But yes they are speaking up. “We get more security in the fact that there is much more significance attached to the characters and one just can’t replace another. That is why we are in a position today where we can say what we feel. Now we can command in a certain way.”

Taapsee Pannu said that now as women have stood up for themselves it has brought a noteworthy change in people’s way of thinking in the film industry.

“Being vocal is making a difference in terms of how people perceive us. There is a certain sense of command. They listen to what a female actor has got to say. I feel female actors are now being taken more seriously than ever before. We are now an active part of filming, post-production, pre-production and promotions,” said the actress.

Talking about balancing commercial and realistic movies, Taapsee said, “I have done a lot of work in south before Bollywood happened and I apply that experience when I choose a film now. I will not repeat those mistakes. Maybe I will make new mistakes but will also learn from them.”

Taapsee Pannu will be next seen in Judwaa 2 along with Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez.