Taapsee Pannu says a strong ‘no’ to bill banning lavish weddings
‘Pink’ star Taapsee Pannu says there should be no law capping the money to be spent on marriages. Talking to Hindustan Times, Taapsee, whose latest movie ‘Running Shaadi’ released on Friday, had strong words for those bringing about laws for “just about anything”.bollywood Updated: Feb 18, 2017 20:39 IST
‘Pink’ star Taapsee Pannu says there should be no law capping the money to be spent on marriages. Talking to Hindustan Times, Taapsee, whose latest movie ‘Running Shaadi’ released on Friday, had strong words for those bringing about laws for “just about anything”.
Responding to a question on Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan’s bill introduced in the Lok Sabha seeking to put a limit on the number of guests and dishes in weddings, she said, “I’m not saying you must spend a lot of money. But that cap shouldn’t be put by a legal authority. We are actually banning and limiting everything. All this will lead to a point where people won’t be able to take it anymore. The intention is good. But it should be a very subjective thing. No law or forced regulation should be passed.”
“If you have the money, spend it. If you don’t have the money don’t spend it —it’s as simple as that,” said Taapsee, who also runs a wedding planning firm.
“India is all about weddings,” she said. “That’s one business which is never going to face recession which is why I’m in this business.”
Running Shaadi is about a company which facilitates people planning to elope and get married. “And we do all that all through legal means,” she insists.
What about khaps and people resorting to ‘honour killings’? “Yes, that kind of mindset is there. A majority of India is against the idea of love marriage though I don’t have much idea of such people having this kind of ideology because I come from a family where people have married into different castes and religions.”
Her grandfather comes from Barundi village in Ludhiana though both her parents were born in Delhi. “But I keep coming to Punjab because some marriage or the other is always happening in the family,” she says.
She admits that after Pink people take her more seriously. The movie had literally sparked off a movement from one dialogue: ‘No means No’. “I still keep getting mails and people come up to me just to say: Thank you for that role,” she says. “It’s so overwhelming to be a part of the life of audiences.”
She is playing a sardaarni in Running Shaadi. “Hindi films portray sardarni in a caricatured way. That’s annoying. For instance, we don’t have to speak a hundred sentences a minute and all that. Our one sentence can be enough. I wanted to change that. And I’ve put in my best.”
AMIT SADH WILL ‘NEVER’ MARRY
Though the film is about Running Shaadi, it’s interesting to note that the leading actor Amit Sadh and director Amit Roy don’t quite believe in the institution of marriage. “I think I won’t ever marry,” says Amit Sadh, who is also playing substantial roles in upcoming Yaara and Sarkar 3. “Marriage takes a lot of sacrifice. Times have changed. My job requires moving from place to place. I don’t find marriage relevant.”
Roy, who is making his debut as director in this film, agrees. “We are like gypsies. We are not meant to marry as it’s difficult to keep the balance in life that’s needed.”
Taapsee differs and can even vividly imagine her wedding to be very “candid and a small affair”.
“I’ll decorate it nicely but will have only people with whom who I’ve one-on-one connect.”