Having being credited for films like Pink, Naam Shabana and Judwaa 2, actress Taapsee Pannu believes that she still needs to fill that void in order to become an A- lister in Bollywood. Despite of her films minting money at the box office, Taapsee is surprised for being still not considered among the top.
“I am yet to find out the definition of being an ‘A-lister’. What does that mean? See, as an actor, 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’ female actor 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 the ‘A-listers’, but can someone please tell me the formula… Maybe awards? I do not know,” said Taapsee.
Standing fearless before failures, Taapsee who debuted in south film industry, recalls her early days in the Telugu film industry, she 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 finds herself lucky to have acted in commercial and content oriented films. “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.
Talking about whether she deliberately chose to work in women oriented movies, 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 further added about the notion that people have with regards to the women portraying roles which involves no artistic deftness. Taapsee said, “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.”
Taapsee Pannu is currently prepping up for Mulk which is helmed by Anubhav Sinha. The film also stars Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta and Prateik Babbar.