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I’ve been crazily adventurous with my life: Taapsee Pannu

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From a girl who loved studies to becoming an actress, Taapsee Pannu’s journey has been a roller-coaster ride. She says she has always been about exploring the unexplored.

Taapsee, who has featured in films like “Baby”, “Pink” and “Mulk”, featured in entertainment-based audio show “Take 2 with Anupama and Rajeev” in which she spoke about her life and career, read a statement.

Asked when did she realise she wanted to be an actor, Taapsee said: “After my first film released. Actually that is true and by no means it should be taken that I don’t love my job right now. I am doing it because I am loving it. In the beginning, I have been very honest about the fact it was not something that I planned for myself.

“I wanted to do MBA in marketing and do a regular job, probably something creative but in the MBA space, but not this risky or crazy I’ll say. I jumped into this profession only to while away one year of my life while I prep for my MBA. And when movies happened, I took two films at a time — one Tamil, one Telugu to see, ‘Let’s have fun, enjoy, we will learn something new and life is not really wasted, and rather than sitting at home and only studying, might as well learn something new as well’.”

Her Telugu film became a hit while Tamil movie “Aadukalam” won multiple National Awards.

That was when she felt it was destiny’s way of telling her “something”. “I (thought I) should listen to it.”

As a girl from Delhi, how did she land up in a Tamil or Telugu film?

“I have been very crazily adventurous with my life and age has now made me sober down a little bit. But I have been insanely crazy. I love doing something which is not expected and obviously I have this fascination. This fascination took me to a place near central Delhi somewhere in the middle of forest area which was supposed to be having some weird history and haunted and all that, and I just wanted to explore.

“I am that person who loves to go somewhere where nobody has.

“I did get Hindi offers but those were like with no literally no names. I didn’t hear about those guys before nor did Google mention much. I Googled about the guys who offered films me in South and they were really big names.”

One filmmaker she really wants to work with is Mani Ratnam.

“I want to be a Mani Ratnam heroine once. Very rarely I get to be a heroine first of all, so I want to be a Mani Ratnam heroine because it is something very pure and real at the same. He is one director who can… You will be real as a character but he will still make you look aspirational at the same time,” said the “Manmarziyaan” actress.

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I have no fear of failure: Taapsee Pannu

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Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu says she does not fear failure and that translates into her performances.

After “Mulk” and “Soorma”, she is gearing up for her third release of the year “Manmarziyaan”.

“As an individual, I have no fear of failure…I think that translates on-screen in my performances. While I do my work with a sense of honesty, I tell myself, what is the worse that can happen? I fail right? So, will I stop living after that? No. I will try again,” Taapsee told IANS.

“If my films fail, I will work on something else, my life will not end. And the film is not the end all of my life. Perhaps that confidence and sense of security from within me drives me to choose all these films that I have chosen so far,” added the actress, known for powerful roles in projects like “Pink”, “Baby” and “Naam Shabana”.

Apart from acting, Taapsee also ventured into a wedding planning business partnering with her sister Shagun and is planning to start her café soon.

Asked whether these different ventures help her grow as an artiste, she said: “Well, it surely expands the horizon. Like now, I am planning on opening a café but it is just on that idea level. Once I have time and man power, I will execute the idea. My point is that I will do different things that are not attached to my acting career. So tomorrow, if I have to leave this profession, the other venture should not have a string attached to that. It is good to have a life beyond films.”

“Manmarziyaan” is a love triangle set between two men played by Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan who falls in love with one woman. The film is releasing on September 7.

Giving an insight of her character, Taapsee said: “One of the admirable quality of my character Rumi is that she is very relatable. She is outspoken, little confused, think from the heart and that surely puts her into trouble. I think her outspoken nature is something that I so can relate to.”

How has equation with people of the film fraternity changed?

“I do not socialise that much so do not know about that, but I must say that I get better scripts to choose from these days. Of course, success changes certain things, people treat me with more respect and they want to know my opinion and point of view about a script if I did not like it. I think finally my hard work is paying,” she said.

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Taapsee Pannu’s Valentine’s Day message to fans on road safety

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Actress Taapsee Pannu has a special Valentine’s Day message for her fans — someone is waiting for you and wants you to reach home safely, and so focus on road safety by wearing a helmet.

The “Pink” actress spread a social message on road safety at the Auto Expo 2018 at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida on Saturday.

Taapsee joined Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd’s Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Yadvinder Singh Guleria, to announce Honda’s National Road Safety campaign #HelmetOnLifeOn.

Talking about the initiative, Taapsee, who is Honda’s brand Ambassador, said: “Every year on Valentine’s week, we express love with gifts to our loved ones. This Valentine’s week my message to my fans is – someone is waiting for you and wants you to reach home safely.”

“This Valentine’s Week gift your loved ones a helmet. Because Helmet on, toh life on.”

Sharing details of the campaign, Guleria said: “Nearly 18 million new two-wheelers come on roads every year. As a responsible two-wheeler manufacturer, Honda is deeply committed to spread the message of road safety for everyone.

“It is very important to highlight the importance of helmet usage while riding a two-wheeler.”

Taapsee also rode Honda’s 125cc scooter Grazia and the new 2018 edition of CB Hornet 160R motorcycle in Honda’s outdoor road safety zone.

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Yet to find definition of being A-list: Taapsee Pannu

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Actress Taapsee Pannu, who has made her mark with films like “Pink”, “Naam Shabana” and “Judwaa 2”, says she is yet to crack the code of being an “A-list” in the Hindi film industry.

The year 2017 has not been great for Bollywood, but Taapsee’s “Naam Shabana” can be counted as one of the highest grossing female-centric films, and “Judwaa 2” has also raked in the moolah.

Yet, Taapsee wonders why she isn’t counted among the “top”.

“I am yet to find out the definition of being an ‘A-listed’ actress. What does that mean? See, as an actress, I am happy that people are offering me good roles and I am earning success critically and commercially.

“But it bothers me when a designer says, ‘No, Taapsee can’t be my muse or the show stopper, I want an ‘A-lister’ actress for this collection.

“It happened with the brand endorsements as well. So, I am saying that I am ready to give the entrance exam of entering the club of ‘A-listed’ actresses, but can someone please tell me the formula… Maybe awards? I do not know.”

Taapsee transitioned from the south Indian film industry to the Hindi movie world. She made her debut in Bollywood with “Chashme Baddoor” in 2013, and landed roles in films like “Baby”, “Running Shaadi”, “The Ghazi Attack”, “Pink”, “Naam Shabana” and “Judwaa 2”.

She does not fear failure.

Remembering her early days in the Telugu film industry, Taapsee said: “You know, it is funny now, but in the beginning of my career, some of the films failed at the box office and filmmakers stopped casting me saying I am bringing bad luck to their film.

“The funny thing is that in those films, my contribution was nothing but three songs and five scenes. I have seen so much failure in the south that I know that we cannot control our success rate.

“It’s not about our desire to perform in a great story. At the end of it, box office result matters. And the weird thing is that we do not know the formula of that.”

She says she has been “really lucky” to have worked in commercial potboilers as well as content-driven.

“But I think it is the responsibility of an actor to find the balance because the film industry is ready to give you a tag in no time,” she said.

Having said that, Taapsee’s successful portrayals have been those of women with a fighter instinct. Has it been a conscious choice of doing women-centric films?

Taapsee said: “No. Actually, I did not get an opportunity to do so, maybe because I have a very natural fighter instinct that filmmakers have noticed and offered me roles in films like ‘Baby’ or ‘Naam Shabana’ that need toughness, actions.

“I am an outspoken person in real life.”

She also says fails to understand why people feel that women essaying ornamental roles in movies do not require ‘artistic skill’.

“Who said that looking good is not a task? There are so many girls with a well maintained body, but will they be able to walk the beachside in front of the camera wearing a swimsuit?

“Carrying your body in a certain manner to look sexy is also an art. One needs to learn that, so we should respect such a performance equally as we do of a de-glam, realistic performance in films.”

On the work front, Taapsee has also started shooting Anubhav Sinha’s new directorial venture “Mulk”, also featuring Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta and Prateik Babbar.

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Big B is pure addiction: Taapsee Pannu

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Actress Taapsee Pannu says she is addicted to sharing screen space with megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

She once again shared screen space with Big B in his game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati 9” after the 2016 film “Pink”.

Taapsee took to Twitter on Thursday to share a photograph of herself with the 75-year-old actor from the set of the Sony Entertainment Television show.

“This man is pure addiction! Can never have enough of sharing screen space with him. Watch me exercising my brain cells on ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’,” Taapsee captioned the image.

“Pink”, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, is a courtroom drama with a strong socially relevant message about the choices young women of today make and about respecting those.

The film also featured Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang, Angad Bedi and Piyush Mishra.

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Women need to be their own heroes: Taapsee Pannu

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Actress Taapsee Pannu, who is collaborating with Ficci Ladies Organisation (FLO) for a self-defense training event, says women should know how to be their heroes.

“I have always tried to push the importance of self defense in girls. It is more than just learning martial arts, it’s about instilling this confidence amongst girls that they are capable of taking care of themselves. They need to be their own heroes,” Taapsee said in a statement.

The actress has played strong characters in “Naam Shabana” and “Pink”, has been promoting self defense training for girls.

Actor Akshay Kumar has joined hands with Yuva Sena Chief Aditya Thackeray, collaborating with FLO to launch a martial arts event to give self defense training to women in suburban Mumbai.

Taapsee will be joining hands with them to contribute to this initiative as a special guest at the event on Saturday here.

She herself practices martial arts as a fitness routine. She will be seen interacting with the audience and also present at the self defence demonstrations.

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Still feel Friday release pressure, says Taapsee Pannu

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Actress Taapsee Pannu says that she takes “ownership” of every films she works in and therefore feels pressure on every Friday morning whenever her movie is hitting the box office.

“Oh I do. I just got the Telugu release last Friday so I do get the pressure because I take the ownership of my films. I just don’t let it go and ride it on other names… that’s why I get that pressure,” Taapsee told IANS on the sidelines of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Winter/Festive 2017 where she walked for designer Divya Reddy.

Taapsee is currently excited for the trailer launch, on Monday, of her much-awaited film “Judwaa 2” where she stars alongside Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez.

“I am excited to see the reaction. People are going to see my glamorous side in the film. They have to publish the trailer twice to understand if that is me (laughed). I don’t know how they are going to react so I am definitely waiting to see the reaction,” she said.

Divya Reddy made a strong fashion statement when she declared green as the new black, at 6Degree Studio during Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017.

The USP of Divya’s collection was the fabric, which had a great fashion story. The Kolam tribe in the Kawal forest collect cocoons after the flight of the butterflies. These were turned into exquisite silk, spun by using double spun technique, where the broken strands are double spun and stuck together to create strong silk yarn with a slubby nature called Madhepur Tussar.

She used its regal texture for her glorious creations. One of the prime qualities of the fabric is the ability to keep the body warm in winter and cool in summer so Divya’s collection will have a year round appeal and truly long fashion life.

In true show stopper fashion, Tapsee wore the hottest shade of pink, breaking the monotony of the muted tones of green and salmon pink. Wearing a stunning floor-length, long-sleeved, intricately, embellished jacket over a sheer delicately embroidered piece, her outfit was a definite trendsetter for women who want to make their mark in the crowd and look glamorous.

“If she will allow, I can take this outfit and wear it at all the weddings that I have to attend. I genuinely feel that we as an Indians are actually mistaking fashion. Our outfit overpowers the personality… that’s where I feel a lot of us are going wrong and that’s why I keep it simple in a way that my personality needs to gel with the outfit.. it needs to shine out,” Tapsee told IANS.

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There’s obsession for female’s body everywhere: Taapsee Pannu

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Actress Taapsee Pannu, who has apologised for her comment on southern cinema’s midriff craze, says the obsession for a female body exists everywhere.

The actress, who made a strong statement about how a woman’s “no means no” with the hard-hitting drama “Pink”, was trolled after she featured in a comic video wherein she spoke about how in her debut Telugu movie “Jhummandi Naadam” (2010) director K. Raghavendra Rao had a coconut thrown at her navel to add “sensuality”.

It’s a sequence oft repeated in the filmmaker’s films — but there are usually flowers or fruits instead of a coconut.

“There’s an obsession for a female’s body everywhere. Do I need to name some songs in Bollywood that have some weird obsessions? It’s not just there (in the southern film industry),” Taapsee told IANS on the sidelines of the 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards held here last week.

“I was just sharing my experience because I have seen that in south, and that glamour bit has not happened with me in Bollywood yet,” added the actress, who has featured in films like “Baby” and “Naam Shabana”, apart from “Pink” — all of which saw her portray intense characters.

Taapsee says that her comment in the video was “misconstrued” by the media which led to it being blown out of proportion. She apologised nevertheless because she wanted “peace”.

She says it has become hard for celebrities to express their views “as some part of the media has become trolls”.

“People thought I was trying to humiliate the director who launched me, which obviously was not the case. I am not that stupid. I always give credit to him (for my career) and have always said that he is a man with the Midas Touch.

“He is known to launch very big stars. Why will I go and be hurtful or disrespectful towards him? Some people just don’t know how to interpret what one says and they manage to see the glass half empty.”

It’s because she “can’t stand so much hatred” that she then decided to issue an apology.

“It’s like you step on someone accidentally, and you apologise for it even when it wasn’t intentional.”

Yet, Taapsee enjoys the social media platform as it gives her accessibility to her fans.

“I have seen the good side (of social media) too. Otherwise I would have gone off it. Just because of one thing, I don’t want to give up on all the good that it has… The accessibility it gives.

“I could even share my apology so widely due to social media. I want to look at the glass half full. I am happy being there… It is part and parcel of the game,” Taapsee said.

For now, her face lights up as soon as one mentions David Dhawan’s upcoming potboiler “Judwaa 2” in which she features with Varun Dhawan.

Taapsee says she finally felt like a “quintessential Bollywood heroine” with the “big film, big sets, big director, big producer and big actors”.

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Actress apologizes to Raghavendra Rao

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Last week, a video in which Tapsee was seen taking potshots at her Telugu debut film director K. Raghavendra Rao for flaunting heroines mid riff went viral in social media. Tapsee made a mockery of the director’s idea of exposing her navel and hitting it with a coconut. The jeering remarks made by Tapsee were condemned by one and all and she faced the ire of netizens in social media.

Yesterday, she posted a video apologizing Raghavendra Rao for her remarks. She said that her remarks are not intended to ridicule the director but to make fun of herself. She revealed that it took some time for her to realize what actually had happened and how Telugu audience took her comments. The Jhummandi Nadham actress concluded saying that she had a lot of respect for Raghavendra Rao and could never forget him for introducing her to the silver screen.

Tapsee is gearing up for her upcoming Telugu release Anando Brahma which is slated to hit the screens this August.

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Tapsee’s comments on Telugu filmmaker draw flak

Delhi girl Tapsee Pannu made her acting debut down South in Raghavendra Rao’s Jhummandi Nadham. She then went on to do several films in South and also made her presence felt in Bollywood with some notable films to her credit. Unfortunately, she made some condescending remarks about her first film.

During a recent chit chat, Tapsee made fun of director Raghavendra Rao’s idea of exposing heroine’s navel and hitting the mid riff with fruits. Tapsee said it was a ludicrous thought to hit her mid riff with a coconut and wondered what so sensual about it.

Tapsee also belittled South audience saying that they thought she could only pull off glamorous roles untill she acted in Pink and Naam Shabhana.

These disgusting comments made by Tapsee are drawing huge criticism from audience and Telugu film industry. It remains to be seen how Raghavendra Rao responds on this issue.

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Taapsee Pannu reached 3 million followers on Instagram

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Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu has reached a new milestone on the photo-sharing social media service Instagram with three million followers.

Taapsee stays pretty active on her Instagram account and keeps her fans posted about the latest developments in her work life.

She shares quite a lot of pictures with her friends and her style statements as well.

“Instagram is one of the coolest social media platform today and the reach is pretty high. I’m pretty thrilled to see my insta family grow to three million so soon because I started using it quite late,” Taapsee said in a statement.

Taapsee is currently shooting for “Judwaa 2” directed by David Dhawan also featuring Jacqueline Fernandez and Varun Dhawan in lead roles. She even shared a video from the sets of “Judwaa 2” recently.

The actress was last appreciated for her roles in “Pink” and “Naam Shabana”.

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