Taapsee Pannu, who hasn’t work with Khans of Bollywood yet, started her journey from the south Indian film industry, and has cemented her space in the Hindi film industry with multiple releases and commercial success.
When asked whether working with Bollywood’s Khans is on her wish-list, Taapsee told IANS, “I would love to do so… As a kid, I have grown up watching their films, but I cannot choose one favourite. I loved watching Salman Khan because of his larger than life persona, Shah Rukh Khan and romance… Any young girl would dream to have a boyfriend like Rahul. I love watching Aamir Khan because he is a very interesting actor.”
“Initially I waited for long to get an offer opposite any one of them, but since I did not get a chance, I explored the opportunities that came my way so that I can make my space here in the film industry,” she added.
Talking about being an outsider in the industry, the actress said, “Yes, I am an outsider and I don’t see it as a bad thing. I am a happy outsider. I am not popular among the creme of our fraternity, and when I am not shooting, I travel and observe people who have a regular life, out of the film world.”
“I think it is my strength that I am an outsider who can bring a lot of real elements in the performance because of a normal life. Also, I go to bed early and wake up early, so partying late night does not suit my lifestyle… I am in a happy space, really,” she added.
Last year, Taapsee had four Bollywood releases including Mulk, Manmarziyaan and one Telugu film Neevevaro. This year, after Game Over, she has Mission Mangal and Saand Ki Aankh.
Recently, she gifted herself a new apartment in Mumbai.
Talking about her success, Taapsee said, “It was on my bucket list that I want my own car, an apartment and a steady career by the time I am 30 years old. So thankfully I have managed to fulfill all of it. Now, I have a bigger milestone to achieve in which producers will not stop themselves to invest money in my films thinking it is an unconventional and female-centric film.”
“I know it is a success-driven industry but I also know that if I keep delivering content-driven films that are commercially successful, change is bound to happen… it will happen and I can see it,” the actress asserted.
Taapsee, who will seen in the upcoming film Game Over on June 14, explained the need to release the film in multiple languages. She said, “If we look at the story, it is a journey of a girl who is a rape victim… It is a universal story and that incident can happen to anyone, in any part of the world. So the makers thought that the film deserved to be shown nationwide. Of course, it was my wish too.”
Her last release Badla had done well commercially, but it did not have enough buzz on social media, especially among the film fraternity. It is also something that megastar Amitabh Bachchan had pointed out.
When asked if such things affect her, Taapsee said, “Look, you are talking about the Twitter buzz from the verified account. The fact of the matter is, they are not the people who will make my film earn money at the box office. If a film is running in the theatre for weeks, that means people are watching it and word of mouth works as the best buzz. Then why should I complain? I want appreciation from the audience and by making the film survive in the theatre for weeks, they have given me validation. It was a silent success.”
Directed by Ashwin Saravanan, Game Over is releasing in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.