Taapsee Pannu has become one of the most sought-after actresses in Bollywood. She began her film journey in Tamil where she played the female lead in National award-winning film Aadukalam, directed by Vetri Maaran. However, in the last few years, the actress has appeared only in a couple of South films.
In a recent interaction at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2019, she stated that she never wants to quit South films. She also added that she never wanted to use the South as a stepping stone for Bollywood.
Elaborating more about it, she said, “I have gratitude for the south industry. At no point I wanted it to look like I used it as a stepping stone for Bollywood. They taught me what basics is like – camera and acting. Now, I have learnt the language too. It will be really stupid of me to give up the market. I would continue to work in the South.”
Taapsee is presently shooting for her Tamil film with actor Jayam Ravi. She is also in talks with a few more films in the South.
In an earlier interview, she said that she was treated like a struggler in Bollywood even though she was 15 films old. She said, “I would go there, and I would be treated like one of those newcomers or strugglers. I was at least 15 films old, probably much more than people sitting in the front row. I did not understand. Just because I did films in the South, did that make my films less credible? I was treated like… ‘You are going to be sitting in the sixth row and not the first.”
At the India Today Mind Rocks 2019 Bhubaneswar, she opened up about how she was named as an unlucky charm in the South just because the films she was a part of didn’t do well at the box office. “There was a point in my career when I was called the bad luck charm in the South because there were three-four films of mine that didn’t do well at the box office. I was the typical heroine who was doing three-four songs in the films and a few scenes but not important roles. Still, I was bearing the brunt of being the unlucky charm as they thought that it was me who is making these films flop back to back,” she remarked.