Taapsee Pannu: It is unreasonable to expect me to vary dramatically from film to picture
Actress Taapsee Pannu believes that if the audience watches her films without preconceived notions or judgments, they will find variety and originality.
Taapsee Pannu is often referred to as a “unconventional” heroine due to her diverse roles, such as Prakashi in Saand ki Aankh (2019) and Rani in Haseen Dillruba (2021). However, the actor may feel overburdened by the pressure to deliver an original performance in every film.
“I appreciate that people have a preconceived notion of me and that they anticipate me to do something unconventional and out of the ordinary. Yet, seeing my work purely through this lens and expecting something radically different in every frame of every film can be harsh, unfair, and unforgiving. Despite the fact that I can play with my character, the plot, and the surrounding universe, I am limited by the fact that I am the same person in each of those roles. I certainly feel the pressure occasionally,” Pannu explains.
The actor believes that if the audience views her films without any preconceived beliefs or judgments, they would observe variety and originality. She explains, “I became an actor because I enjoy the craft and process of it, not for the fame and glory that accompany it.”
Pannu has an interesting slate of upcoming films, including the suspense Phirse Aayi Haseen Dillruba, the comedy Wo Ladki Hai Kahaan, and the comedy-drama Dunki, in which she co-stars with Shah Rukh Khan.
Regarding the leaked photographs taken on the set of Dunki, the actor reveals, “The photographs were taken on the Westminster Bridge in London during a Sunday morning shoot.” It is impossible to prevent people from viewing “The Shah Rukh Khan.” I believe that was the nicest Sunday morning for many of us when we saw him standing on that bridge. We try to keep people away so they can enjoy particular looks and moments on screen, but it’s inevitable when there’s such a major star in front of us.”
Ask her if doing comedy in Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan was a conscious decision to break the image that she has created with back to back intense and dramatic characters in films like Thappad,Dobaaraa, and Blurr, and she says, “Whoever knows me personally says that they can’t believe I do intense stuff on screen because that’s the last thing they expect from me. I am the type of person who enjoys making fun of myself. My natural way of breaking the ice with others is through comedy or humor. I thrive on humorous situations. So, my standards for performing humor or selecting comedy scripts were quite high.”
But, Pannu claims she was ecstatic upon reading the script for Wo Ladki Hai Kahaan. “The humor style is definitely me. My sense of humor in the film closely resembles my sense of humor in real life. I’ve always like comedy that isn’t always in your face…which is sardonic and more dry. “This is not a common occurrence in Hindi cinema,” she explains. Pannu is equally excited to portray Rani in the sequel to Haseen Dillruba, which is presently filming in Agra. “When I first started performing it, I called Kanika (the writer Kanika Dhillon) and told her that after loving…living like Rani Kashyap so much, I’m afraid I won’t be able to love anything else as much. I began to fall in love with my identity as Rani Kashyap. “I am having a great time filming it,” she says.
Recently, the actress has been posting numerous saree photos on social media. Is it her newfound affection for the clothing? She states, “I’ve always cherished wearing sarees. I have worn them on vacations, important personal situations, and even casually. And I suppose the saree loves me back (laughs), as I take some excellent photographs in it. It is astounding because it is so sensual and yet makes a woman look so beautiful. So, on one of my days off, I got dressed up and took the images I’ve been publishing, which have garnered a great deal of praise,” she concludes.
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