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“I Was Tagged ‘Unlucky’ By Filmmakers” Reveals Taapsee Pannu!

If an actress produces 3 back-to-back hits, she is touted as golden girl even though she is just a glamour quotient

Taapsee Pannu who is on a high after her tremendous success in Bollywood with her film PINK talks exclusively to JFW about South Indian film industry, typecast of heroines in movies and her future plans in the South.


Actresses are always typecast and there is also a lack of female-centric roles in the industry. What do you have to say to that?

We’ve been seeing female-centric films quite often in Bollywood. All of them may not have done really well in the box-office, but in the last 2 years, there have been an influx of films where the female character has been the lead and I think that is a great change. There have been films like Kahani, Piku, Tannu Weds Mannu and its sequel, Queen, NH 10, now Pink and even Akira!

And in the South?

I can’t say the same for South. I have tried to fight this battle while I was there…I wouldn’t say I’ve given up but I tried to use a different route. When I began, I didn’t know what was right for me. I was told that I should take up everything that comes my way, especially if there are big names involved. But when films bombed at the box office, the actors weren’t blamed but I was tagged as ‘unlucky’ even though I had a very insignificant role to play. On the contrary, if an actress produces three back-to-back hits, she is touted as the next golden girl in the industry even though she is just a glamour quotient in the film. So basically, superstition matters over talent. So I stopped doing films that I didn’t understand, so from having seven releases a year, I came down to one or two releases a year. People started seeing this as my downfall but I just felt that doing films I don’t believe in hasn’t worked for me.


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