After the success of Pink last year, and with four films releasing this year, actor Taapsee Pannu has her hands full and schedule packed. No doubt she is enjoying the phase. However, Taapsee, who made her acting debut with the Telugu film, Jhummandi Naadam (2010), says she would never stop regional films down South.
“The kind of work I am getting in Bollywood is pretty satisfying, and I plan to work hard, so that it continues. But that doesn’t mean I won’t do films in the South. I will continue doing them. I don’t think it’s difficult to balance provided you really want to work,” says Taapsee.
In fact, a couple of weeks ago, Taapsee finished shooting for filmmaker Mani Raghav’s untitled Telugu horror comedy. The film is expected to release this year. “After my Telugu film, I am now hoping to take up a Tamil film, for which the talks are already on. Now that languages aren’t a constraint, I plan to take up at least one film in a year. I feel it would work in my favour in terms of the options that I would have at hand,” adds Taapsee, who is known for her string of hit Telugu and Tamil films such as Mr. Perfect (2011), Vastadu Naa Raju (2011), Aadukalam (2011) and Arrambam (2013).
Even after her success down South, Taapsee was considered a newcomer, though Pink (2016) and Baby (2015) changed the perspective a bit. She admits finding the tag (newcomer) annoying, as she felt she was being pushed to a corner in the long line of struggling newcomers.
“It was very frustrating in the beginning when even after having done a certain body of work, I was constantly compared to those who haven’t even done one fourth of the amount of work I had done. I couldn’t go and tell everyone that I am not a newcomer and I have done all these films… But I guess this is how the protocol works. Everyone only considers Hindi films as the criteria of judging how big or small an actor is. So I decided to wait till the time they probably would value me more. I am hoping that at least after this year, after watching four of my films releasing, people will stop calling me a newcomer,” Taapsee concludes.
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