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It is My Strength that I am an Outsider in Bollywood, Says Taapsee Pannu

Taapsee Pannu will next be seen in Ashwin Saravanan’s Game Over, which is releasing on June 14 in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.


Updated:June 10, 2019, 8:47 AM IST
It is My Strength that I am an Outsider in Bollywood, Says Taapsee Pannu
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Taapsee Pannu says it is her strength that she is an "outsider" in the film industry.

On how she deals with the 'outsider' tag, Taapsee told IANS, "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."

Last year, Taapsee had four Bollywood releases including Mulk, Manmarziyaan, Soorma and a 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. How does she look at the success? "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," she said.

"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," Taapsee added.

Directed by Ashwin Saravanan, Game Over is releasing on June 14 in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. Explaining the need to release the film in multiple languages, Taapsee said, "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."

Taapsee's last release Badla did well commercially but did not have enough buzz on social media, especially among the film fraternity. It is also something that megastar Amitabh Bachchan pointed out. Asked if such things affect her, Taapsee said, "Look, you are talking about the Twitter buzz from the verified account. 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."

Is working with Bollywood's Khans on her wish-list? "As an actress, I would love to do so. As a kid, I have grown up watching their films, but I cannot choose one favorite. 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."

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