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Taapsee reveals reason behind not appearing on ‘Koffee With Karan’


Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu, who is currently gearing up for the release of her upcoming film ‘Dobaaraa’, shared why she hasn’t been on the Karan Johar-hosted popular chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’.

During a promotional event, while Taapsee Pannu and Anurag Kashyap were promoting their film ‘Dobaaraa’, Karan Johar was in the adjacent room promoting his chat show. Taking note of that, the media probed Taapsee about the reason why she hasn’t been invited to Karan’s show.

Answering the question, the actress said in jest that her sex life is not interesting enough to be invited on ‘Koffee With Karan’.

Taapsee is known for her quick-wit responses and this one seems to be an on-point remark as the latest season of ‘Koffee With Karan’ has so far been circling sex talks of all topics discussed during the episodes.

Talking about ‘Dobaaraa’, which presents a unique concept in the form of time travel, has opened at prestigious film festivals such as the London Film Festival & Fantasia Film Festival 2022.

‘Dobaaraa’ which reunites filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and Taapsee after their 2018 release ‘Manmarziyaan’, also stars Pavail Gulati. The film, produced by Shobha Kapoor and Ektaa R Kapoor’s Cult Movies, a new wing under Balaji Telefilms and Sunir Kheterpal & Gaurav Bose of Athena, is set to debut in theatres on August 19, 2022.

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Taapsee’s ‘marvel’lous dream: She wants to play an Avenger


From ‘Soorma’, ‘Saand Ki Aankh’ to ‘Rashmi Rocket’, Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu has some incredible sports films to her credit and now she is all set for another one, ‘Shabaash Mithu’, a biopic on Mithali Raj, former captain of women’s cricket team.

Mithali Raj is among the highest run-scorers in women’s international cricket and Taapsee says it was never easy for her to portray a living legend on screen.

Taapsee was in Capital for the promotion of her movie, ‘Shabaash Mithu’ along with Mithali Raj and director Srijit Mukherji.

She told IANS about how she prepped up physically and mentally to depict Mithali and the kind of roles she is looking forward to play.

“It was a biggest challenge and especially for someone who has not played cricket ever before to portray a living legend like her-the first woman whose name comes to mind when you talk about women’s cricket.

“And this is also true that if this role was not so challenging I would not have been motivated to give my best. Apart from that, to perform as a character, we both are very different as individuals. So, the challenge was not limited to just the cricketing field, it was also beyond, to impersonate in a way. I am not someone who’s very good at mimicry.”

“When I have to portray someone who’s not really like me I will not try to mimic her. I’ll try to embody her and make a version of myself like give a part of myself into that character. Instead of trying to just superficially mimic someone. So that also takes a little bit of effort mentally to change yourself to portray someone who is so different from you,” she added.

Taapsee, furthermore asserted that she was extra careful because this movie is not only based on cricket which is loved by the entire country but it comes under more scrutiny as the story revolves around a woman cricketer and that makes the topic more sensitive and need to be handled with care. Moreover, the actress said ‘yes’ to the movie even before its script was ready.

“When this opportunity came to me I thought about what could be better than this. It seemed like this role was written for me. It was full of challenges. Firstly because this movie revolves around cricket which is most loved in our country and second because it is based on the life of a women cricketer. Wherever women are involved that lens with which people will look at you will be double precise.”

“They will be observed with a double microscope like how she is holding the bat, how she hit the ball. So, the level of commitment needed was double. And we all had given that. I have put all my effort into portraying a cricketer and the same goes for the director and producer. It is a team work,” shared the ‘Pink’ actress.

For depicting the life of a sports personality there is a lot of physical training that is required and Taapsee said that she was fortunate as she was prepared to play a professional cricketer by not just one but four coaches including Mithali Raj’s friend Nooshin Al Khadeer for the biopic.

She revealed: “I was trained by four coaches, not just one. All of them have played with her and were friends with her, especially Nooshin. They had the responsibility, the herculean task to turn a non-cricketer into Mithali Raj. I think we should praise them for courageously accepting this challenge without even knowing me. The first day, I didn’t even know how to lift a bag. I came for practice the second day to begin again. ”

“It was beneficial to learn from Nooshin not only because she is a cricketer and has played with her (Mithali) for a long time but also because she is a very close friend of Mithali. So, this helps me to not just learn cricket the ‘Mithali way’, but to also know Mithali beyond the pitch. Due to the fact that she was busy at the time, it was extremely difficult for me to conduct research work. In fact, I didn’t even have any videos of her. Before, it was also really difficult to find her interviews.”

“The ones that were found were from around 2012-2013. There weren’t any interviews prior to that period. I had no footage. Therefore, Nooshin was a window for me to know Mithali, not just as a cricketer, but also as a person beyond the ground.”

Recalling her first meeting with Mithali, Taapsee reminisced: “I was getting butterflies in my stomach. Because I always admire sports stars. I have this little fangirl moment whenever I see any sports star who’s represented India because since childhood I used to watch sports more than movies. I am fond of them so much because there is no second take for them like we get in movies. So, when I met Mithali I talked a lot, in fact more than her. Now at certain times I feel if I would have let her speak, maybe I would have understood the character in a much better way.”

Taapsee had a lot of memories from the sets of her movies and she enjoyed every bit of it. The way she played cricket and prepared herself will always be with her. At last she talked about her wish and concluded with: “I want to play an avenger and please tell Marvel they can do something about it.”

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Shabaash Mithu Trailer: Taapsee wows as Mithali Raj


Critically acclaimed actress Taapsee Pannu is all set to tell the story of Indian woman cricketer Mithali Raj. The film is titled Shabaash Mithu and Taapsee underwent rigorous training in the sport before she shot for the film. The trailer of Shabaash Mithu is out and it is an emotional ride. The film also narrates the challenges faced by women cricketers in the country and how Mithali shot to fame taking Indian women’s cricket to the international borders. Shabaash Mithu also narrates the childhood story of Mithali and how she picks up the sport.

Taapsee shines in the role and she did it with utmost perfection. Shabaash Mithu also has enough drama that is unknown to the world. Mithali recently retired from international cricket and she had a 23-year-long career and scored more than 10,000 runs in total. Srijit Mukherji directed the film and Viacom 18 Studios produced the film. Taapsee, Mumtaz Sorcar and Vijay Raaz will be seen in other important roles. The film is announced for July 15th release.

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Taapsee hails cricket star Mithali Raj on her retirement: ‘You changed the game’


As veteran India batter Mithali Raj announced her retirement from cricket, actress Taapsee Pannu, who is all set to play the renowned cricketer in the upcoming film ‘Shabaash Mithu’, has penned a heartwarming note.

Taapsee took to Twitter, where she shared a black and white picture with Raj and wrote: “-Youngest ODI captain for Indian cricket Team. -The only Indian cricketer to captain the team in 4 world cups and reach finals twice! -Youngest cricketer to score 200 in a Test match. -Highest scoring Indian cricketer in debut international match.”

In another post, the actress added: “-The only Indian cricketer to score 7 consecutive 50s in ODI. -23 years from hustle to glory. Some personalities and their achievements are gender agnostic. You changed the game, now it’s our turn to to change the perspective! Etched in history OUR CAPTAIN forever @M_Raj03.”

‘Shabaash Mithu’ is set land in theatres on July 15. The film, directed by Srijit Mukherji and written by Priya Aven, is based on the life of Mithali Dorai Raj, the celebrated skipper of the Indian women’s cricket team.

In a career spanning 23 years, Mithali boasts of 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs and has led India in 4 World Cups. The story tracks her journey from being an 8-year-old girl with a dream to becoming a cricketing legend.

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Mishan Impossible Movie Review : A Failed Mishan !

Mishan Impossible review

Mishan Impossible review

Telugu360 2/5

Sailaja (Tapsee Pannu) is an investigative journalist who takes on child trafficking mafia. On her next assignment to expose a large-scale mafia event, three boys from a rural Andhra Pradesh area coincidentally end up in her mission. These three naughty village boys’ want to capture Dawood Ibrahim and earn the reward money. Rest of the film is about how the three boys and Sailaja complete their missions.


With a different premise than the run of the mill plots, the director Swaroop RSJ (of the ‘Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya’ fame), gets creative with the plot. Movie starts off with Tapsee, the investigative journalist, taking down a politician. She progresses on to her next mission, which is where the audience is introduced to the main plot of the movie involving the 3 boys – RaghuPati (movie buff), Raghava (reality TV addict) and Rajaram (cricket lover). Raised in a village near Tirupati, academically poor and naughty by nature, their antics generate some good humor in the first 30 mins. One day, they decide it is a good plan to run away from home to capture Dawood Ibrahim for the 50L reward money. The script starts to weaken from here and the director failed to properly narrate the events that follow 10–12-year-old kids lost in a metro city, chasing a hare-brained idea. Around this time, Sailaja meets these boys and decides that 10yrs make a great team to bring down a child trafficking mafia. Then onwards it sounds all farcical and the plans she uses against the Ram Shetty (Mafia don) are boring and doesn’t engage audience. The director has failed to establish reasonable motive for Sailaja’s missions.

Matinee Entertainments production values are good. The production house has spent more than what this script deserves. Director Swaroop RSJ couldn’t overcome the second movie syndrome. Except for a few social media driven silly jokes, there are no sparks that match with his debut film ‘’ Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya’.

Performances :

Tapsee Pannu who is known for choosing better scripts fails this time to pick right one for her image. The core plot is based on her but it is not appealing. She performed well within the character limits. The three boys need appreciation for their ease in acting.

Positives :

• The three young boys’ performance
• Some humor in first half

Negatives :

• Script and direction are amateurish
• Story, screenplay fail to engage
• Illogical plot points

Verdict :

‘Mishan Impossible’ is a nonsensical film that fails to impress. The fun part ends with whatever we see in the trailer. Initial 30-40 minutes of the film is okay and the three boys acted well. Rest of the film fails to engage the audience. Tapsee pannu has been wasted in a half-baked role. Overall, a disappointing film.

Telugu360 2/5

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Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya fame director Swaroop RSJ’s second directorial venture Mishan Impossible starring Taapsee Pannu in a central role will have its premieres in USA today.

The bounty hunting film is produced by Tollywood’s popular National Award winning production house Matinee Entertainment, that made many successful films such as Ghazi, Kshanam, Wild Dog etc. and Acharya that’s in the post production stage starring Mega Star Chiranjeevi and Ramcharan, directed by Kortala Shiva.

Mishan Impossible story actually revolves around three kids and the theatrical trailer got tremendous response with 7M+ views. The trailer indeed promised the film will be high on hilarity with some unforeseen thrilling elements in the narration. There are good expectations on the movie, given the director delivered a blockbuster with his first movie and it is coming from the popular production house – Matinee Entertainment.

Moreover, megastar Chiranjeevi who graced the film’s pre-release event spoke highly about it. Chiranjeevi who already watched the movie assured audience that Mishan Impossible will amuse them for sure.

An ideal runtime of 2:09 hrs was locked for the film that was awarded with U/A censor certificate. The crisp runtime will be an advantage for the film in USA.

USA’s popular distribution house Nirvana Cinemas will be releasing Mishan Impossible in a grand manner in good number of theatres.

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Taapsee Pannu turns producer with self-starring film ‘Blurr’


Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu will be seen in the upcoming film “Blurr”, which will be bankrolled by her newly-announced production company Outsider Films.

The film will be helmed by director Ajay Bahl, best known for his 2019 release, “Section 375”.

“Blurr” is jointly written by Pawan Sony and Ajay Bahl.

Taapsee said: “‘Blurr’ is the just kind of script I was waiting for. I’m delighted to be finally turning a producer with this film and with the support of co-producers and team, I am sure it’s going to be an enriching journey.”

She added: “Collaborating with Ajay is as exciting as it gets as I’ve seen his work. He is the best to bring the gripping story of Blurr on-screen.”

Bahl said “Blurr” is a thought-provoking and intriguing story. “With the massive scale it promises and the narrative it brings along, I believe ‘Blurr’ will not only be a power-packed entertainer, but it will stay with the audience too. The reason being, it is not only an arresting psychological thriller but it also has an intriguing social context,” he added.

Zee Studios in association with Outsiders Films and Echelon Productions unveil the first look of the film on Thursday.

“It’s exciting to see Taapsee and Ajay, two of the most creative people come together to create magic with ‘Blurr’. The script is unique and highly engaging, and we are all looking forward to the journey ahead,” Shariq Patel, Chief Business Officer, Zee Studios said.

“With Ajay Bahl directing and Taapsee leading the star cast, we have been blessed with the best talent from the industry coming together to make this film,” Vishal Rana of Echelon Productions added.

The film will go on the floors soon.

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Team Mishan Impossible Welcomes Taapsee Pannu


Director Swaroop RSJ had successfully accomplished his first mission Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya and he is now busy with his second mission titled Mishan Impossible. Niranjan Reddy in association with Anvesh Reddy is bankrolling the project under Matinee Entertainment.

Taapsee Pannu is finalized for the lead role in the film billed to be a comedy drama based on bounty hunting set in a village near Tirupati. While Taapsee feels it is the right film for Telugu comeback, the makers too opine she is the perfect choice for the film.

Team Mishan Impossible welcomed the actress to the sets and have released a working still. Apparently, her hand is broken as she is seen with a sling. Needless to say, Taapsee will be seen in a challenging role in the movie.

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Taapsee’s Mishan Impossible


Taapsee Pannu proved her mettle down South and tested her luck in Bollywood. The actress cemented her place in Hindi after scoring a series of impressive hits. Taapsee has been doing South films selectively and the latest update says that Taapsee is all set to return back to the South with a Telugu film. The actress will be seen in the lead role in Mishan Impossible and Taapsee gave her nod recently. Swaroop RSJ who made an impressive directorial debut with Agent Sai Sreenivas Athreya will direct this film.

Mishan Impossible was launched some time ago and it is said to be an action thriller. The makers have been in the hunt for the right actress for the challenging role and Taapsee came on to the board for the film. The upcoming schedule starts in July. Taapsee has a decent market in Bollywood and the makers of Mishan Impossible are in plans to make it a pan-Indian film. Matinee Entertainments are the producers of Mishan Impossible.

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Taapsee Breaks Silence on IT Raids!


The income tax raids on Taapsee Pannu and Anurag Kashyap have continued for three days. But, Taapsee didn’t speak a word on it at that time. Finally, this bold actress broke the silence and spoke her heart out today!

Speaking about what happened in these three days, she said that there are two allegations on her – A bungalow in Paris and a receipt worth Rs 5 crore. Though the police spoke like they have proof for everything, Taapsee seems to not agree with them!

Also, there’s no fear in her words even though the officials warned for multiple raids. She said that three days of intense search for 3 things has taken place. She explained how the police have searched for the keys of the “alleged” bungalow, the “alleged” receipt worth of 5 crore, and her memory of the 2013 raid! We have to wait for some more time to know if the things are really “alleged”!

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Taapsee Pannu: Pressure brings out the best in me


Actress Taapsee Pannu has started training for her upcoming sports biopic, Shabaash Mithu, which will bring alive the story of ace Indian cricketer Mithali Raj alive on the screen.

The actress feels the role will be a huge challenge and, to get every nuance of the role right, Taapsee will be training with former cricketer and Mithali’s friend, Nooshin Al khadeer.

“I’ve never played the game before, have just been a spectator and a hyper ventilating fan of the game,” Taapsee said while talking about her training regimen.

“Being on the other side is going to be a huge challenge I’ve thrown at myself. But I feel pressure brings out the best in me. This is probably that one common trait I can identify between me and Mithali,” she added.

Directed by Rahul Dholakia and Written by Priya Aven, Shabaash Mithu is being described as an “inspiring tale of the captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team, Mithali Raj”. It is produced by Viacom18 Studios.

Meanwhile, Taapsee has wrapped up the shoot of Rashmi Rocket. In the Akarsh Khurana directorial, she will be seen as a runner from the Rann of Kutch who faces struggles during her journey of becoming an athlete.

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Taapsee Pannu’s new post is all about ‘confidence’


Actress Taapsee Pannu has shared a picture on social media, which is all about being confident.

Taapsee posted a picture on social media, where she is seen wearing a grey ensemble paired with round sunglasses and has left her hair open.

“Confidence is not walking into a room thinking you are better than everyone else. It’s walking into a room and not having to compare yourself to anyone else in the first place. #HappySunday,” Taapsee posted the picture.

Taapsee will next be seen in “Rashmi Rocket”, where she plays a runner from the Rann of Kutch who fights for her identity and becomes an athlete. Priyanshu Painyuli plays Taapsee’s husband in the Akarsh Khurana directorial.

She will also be seen in “Looop Lapeta” and ” Haseen Dillruba”.

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Taapsee’s efforts for Rashmi Rocket are unmatchable


Taapsee Pannu proved her mettle down South and cemented her position in the North after she has done an impressive set of films. Taapsee is now considered for a series of sports dramas and women-centric films. She is the lead actress in Rashmi Rocket and Taapsee plays the role of an athlete. She has been rigorously trained before she joined the sets of the film. In a short video byte, Taapsee revealed the amount of hard work and efforts and she kept in to transform herself as an athlete.

Though it was quite tough initially, Taapsee never gave up. The actress told that it was painful and the shoot was kept on hold. The glimpses of the intense training sessions are unveiled in the video byte. Rashmi Rocket is directed by Akarsh Khurana and the shoot commenced in November in Pune. RSVP Movies are the producers and Rashmi Rocket releases next year. Taapsee will soon reprise the role of Indian star woman cricketer Mithali Raj.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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