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As a model, you’re almost treated like an object: Taapsee Pannu

The actress, who started off as a model and was a pageant regular, is today in the Pink of her career with her latest film earning rave reviews

brunch Updated: Oct 15, 2016 19:00 IST
Nidhi Choksi
Nidhi Choksi
Hindustan Times
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Taapsee Pannu is currently working on Makhna and Naam Shabana

The actress, who started off as a model and was a pageant regular, is today in the Pink of her career with her latest film earning rave reviews.

Birthday: August 1

Sun Sign: Leo

Place of Birth: Delhi

School/College: Mata Jai Kaur Public School/ Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology

Debut film:Jhummandi Naadam (2010) in Telugu, Chashme Baddoor (2013) in Hindi

High point of your life: The success of my first Tamil film, Aadukalam (2011)

Low point in life: When a film I worked hard on flopped at the box office

Currently I am...Working on Makhna and Naam Shabana

Doing films in the South before making your way to Bollywood seems like a popular route for many actors...

It doesn’t work for everybody, trust me. It is working for me though.

If not an actor you would have been...

A marketing professional.

What was it like to work with Akshay Kumar for the first time?

Quite adventurous because you had to match his action standards.

A memory from your modelling days you’ll never forget.

You’re almost treated like an object ­– in a showroom you try on ten pieces and then decide which one to get. Here, 10-15 models show themselves off and let one person decide.

You first impression of Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Pink.

I realised why he is called The Amitabh Bachchan. That man walks in with such an aura.

A misconception about Delhi girls...

That they get angry very fast, are always loud and dress over the top. I beg to differ. I’m not like the typical Delhi girl.

A director you wish to work with:

Mani Ratnam.

A starve-till-you-shrink diet or aloo parathas?

Aloo parathas, any day.

The best compliment you’ve received:

Someone told me their daughter wants to be like me. I’ll always remember that.

A lesson from the South-Indian film industry you adopted for your first Bollywood film:

Basic light and camera ethics.

Three biggest turn offs in a man...

Bad sense of humour, body odour and the way he talks.

You’ve taken part in many pageants. What are your fondest memories?

None. There was nothing to be fond of in those pageants.

You love math and puzzles. When was the quickest you’ve solved a problem?

I’d finish my maths question paper half an hour before the final bell.

One thing about the industry you wish you knew before you were a part of it:

Don’t take anything on face value.

Your idea of a perfect Sunday:

Sleep and eat really good food.

One thing you’ve been wanting to do for the longest time:

Sky diving.

If you were on Tinder, your bio would read…

I don’t know how that works yaar... but I think it would be: Are you free?


My favourites:

My favourite actor: Currently, Fawad Khan

My favourite film: Chak De! India (2007)

My favourite food: Delhi street food like aloo tikkis, gol gappas

My favourite hideout in the city: My house

My favourite travel destination: Maldives

From HT Brunch, October 16, 2016

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First Published: Oct 15, 2016 19:00 IST