Actor Taapsee Pannu became a popular name in the Tamil and Telugu film industry before she earned recognition in Hindi cinema. Now that she is a popular face in Bollywood, too, does she intend to shift completely to one industry?
“A major shift has happened considering that I have three films coming in Hindi and just one bilingual. I don’t see a complete shift happening because it will be kind of foolish and stupid to withdraw myself from a market where I am already established and doing well. I am extremely grateful to them for giving me the experience which I could use in my Hindi films. I cannot uproot myself from there,” says Pannu, who has been part of Tamil and Telugu films such as Aadukalam (2011) , Mr Perfect (2011) and Aarrambam (2013).
“It’s not a conscious shift but after I started working in Bollywood and got a good response, I realised I have the liberty to choose the script. Now I have stopped thinking if it is a Hindi, Tamil or Telugu film. I just look at the script. Just that now Bollywood has started offering a crazy variety of scripts. I am quite happy with that,” she adds.
The Delhi born and brought up actor made her Bollywood debut with Chashme Baddoor in 2013 but decided to start her film career from the southern film industry due to lack of offers from Bollywood.
“I got offers from the South because whatever projects I was getting from Bollywood were new directors and producers. Acting was not my career plan so I wanted to do something safe. Tamil and Telugu films were giving me big names to work with and that worked well for me,” says Pannu.
The actor, who will soon be seen sharing screen space with actor Amitabh Bachchan, calls herself “a practical person” but has one major fear.
“As an actor I don’t want to get typecast or be considered as someone who cannot do something different,” she says.
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