Tapsee Pannu is known for her films like ‘Chashme Badoor’ & ‘Baby’. Our Bollywood guide ‘G9 Divya Solgama’ had a privilege to speak to her regarding her role in ‘Pink’,her working experience with Amitabh Bachchan, on her forthcoming sequel to ‘Baby’ and lot more.
Tapsee, first things first share us something about your latest film ‘Pink’?
Tapsee Pannu –It Pink is about what happens with three girls who stay in the same house. If you see film as an outsider, you would conclude it as a story about three girls because all of us suffer equally. We were extremely happy while shooting for this film. It was the smoothest shoot as we shot the film in around thirty days, despite of baring one of the toughest character.
Tapsee, you started your film journey with out and out commercial film like ‘Chashme Badoor’. Later we saw you in ‘Baby’ where you had a significant role. Your latest film ‘Pink’ is a hard-hitting film, so how will you describe your journey, where you not only got good films but also an opportunity to work with legendary actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor?
Tapsee Pannu –It has been an interesting journey for me in this industry. I am extremely happy with my choice of films be it ‘Chashme Badoor’, ‘Baby’ or ‘Pink’. In my opinion, people see me as a commercial mainstream face because of ‘Chashme Badoor’. I would have been side-lined me had I started with some hard-hitting film as people would have labelled me a character actor. I am surprisingly myself and the audience with every film.It is not something that I planned. It feels nice that I can actually have these people around me as the same adds on to my value as an actor in this industry. You manage to leave a mark only when you work with people who have a standing in this industry. Since I was working with Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Pink’, I had to raise my own standards in terms of acting. I am extra-critical about my work and given the way Amitabh Bachchan is raving about our work in the film, there is an added responsibility and pressure on me. If you like me in the film especially in the court sequences, the entire credit should go to Amitabh Bachchan. I am not a trained actor and I like to derive energy from co-actors.
Tapsee, despite of having back to back two hits in form of ‘Chashme Badoor’ and ‘Baby’, why is the huge gap between your films? Dony you feel visibility is important for a young actor like you?
Tapsee Pannu –It is boring to do same films back to back. After ‘Chashme Badoor’, I was offered similar kind of roles and I didn’t want to get stereotyped as an actress. So in between ‘Chashme Badoor’ and ‘Pink’, I had several films lined up for release down South which kind of challenged me. Visibility should not be the reason to take up films. If you want to be in the audience memory, you should do something very hard-hitting which does not get out of their mind easily. I have done a couple of films in South to make my presence felt, but those films didn’t do well commercially. So that strategy didn’t work as such. So I will not repeat the mistake again.
Tapsee, audience loved your performance in ‘Baby’. They went to see the movie with least expectations related to your part and were shocked to see one of the fantastic character in the film. Were you expecting such kind of reaction?
Tapsee Pannu –I knew that my character in ‘Baby’ would leave an impact but I never expected such an overwhelming response. I was okay with forcing myself into the film because Neeraj Pandey didn’t think that I would fit into the film. I was definitely not his first choice but I requested him to let me audition for the film. I knew that ‘Baby’ would leave an impression in mind of audiences. It is a big sense of accomplishment that Neeraj Pandey is now making women centric action film based on my character from Baby. One of the major reasons to make ‘Naam Shabana’ is because Neeraj Pandey got a lot of feedback about my character from people within the industry. They wanted to see more of me in the film which is the reason why Neeraj started thinking in the direction to make a stand-alone film. The film will be shot for three months starting in September.
Tapsee, kindly walk us through your forthcoming film‘Naam Shabana’.
Tapsee Pannu –It is a part of ‘Baby’ Franchise and it’s called ‘Naam Shabana’. I play the titular role of Shabana in the film. ‘Naam Shabana’ is written and produced by Neeraj Pandey. I am learning mix-martial arts for the film along with some basic MMA techniques. The movie will star Akshay Kumar in a cameo along with Manoj Bajpayee and Prithviraj playing an important role.
(Source – Bollywood Times)