Bollywood actress Tapsee Pannu who gained fame for playing the titular role in Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Pink’ is all set for her next film Naam Shabana.
In a recent interview to ‘Humans of Bombay’, Tapsee shares many things related to struggle, career and her personal life.
The actress just opened up about getting inappropriately touched at an event recently and her reaction to the whole scenario would make you respect her even more. It so happened that Tapsee was in Delhi recently to attend a keertan. While she was there, in the middle of the crowd, a guy tried to poke her from behind. Tapsee, without even turning around once, grabbed his finger and twisted it real hard!
Recalling the horror, she said, “Just a few weeks ago, I was going to a keertan in Delhi where in the middle of the crowd I felt a guy trying to poke me from behind. I didn’t even turn to look at him, I grabbed his finger and twisted it so hard that he winced in pain.”
This befitting response proves that she is a fierce, fiesty woman not just onscreen but off screen too and we absolutely look up to her for that.
Not just that, Tapsee made some Startling revelations of how she was “thrown out” of films until Pink happened. She also went on to say that she was rumoured to bring bad luck to films.
“I got into modelling during my college days, just to make some extra pocket money. I had scored 88% in my CAT exams and was enroute to pursuing my MBA when I got an offer for a film — it happened as organically as that. Thereafter, three of the films I worked in didn’t work and I got the label of ‘iron leg’ — I was ‘rumoured’ to bring bad luck to films. Mind you, all of these films had huge male co-stars and directors, but the failure of movies was blamed on me.” she said.
Thereafter, I’ve been asked to reduce my pay, I’ve been thrown out of films because the producer was having financial issues. This was all before I did the movie Pink, but believe it or not even after that there’s stigma I’ve had to deal with. Actors have refused to work with me in Bollywood, because I’m not an ‘A list actress.’ Producers have finalised me, locked my dates and then randomly backed out at the last minute because they got a bigger name. Expecting equal pay is far off, even the basic amount is something I have to fight for, but I’m not complaining.” she added.
The Naam Shabana actress further talked about how all this hasn’t demotivated her. In fact, with stellar performances in films that she has done recently, Tapsee has proved that she is here to stay! “I’m here because I love acting. I may not be the most glamorous, or have the perfect body but I believe in my art. I don’t like indulging in self pity…I enjoy being strong and independent. Truth is, I’m less heroine and more the ‘hero’ in my story and for some that’s a bitter pill to swallow, but then that’s tough…because I’m not going anywhere.”