Effervescent and vivacious, actress Taapsee Pannu could really make you feel at ease during an interview. With successful films in her cache, she gears up for the release of her prequel to Baby, Naam Shabana releasing in the last week of March. The Punekar catches up with her in Pune.
Her name might be derived from Tapaswini but she is nothing like her name, she adds as she settles down to discuss her films and her business. “I have been lucky that I have been offered a variety of roles which I have never auditioned for; all those I auditioned for, I was rejected most of the time. I guess its purely giving my 100 per cent to any role which makes me tick,” she says.
“When I was selected for ‘Runningshaadi.com’, Shoojit sir had not even met me once. And while we were shooting, he only came to the location once. We barely had any interaction during ‘Runningshaadi.com’,” she recalls. “I am a director’s actor, I give myself completely to the director to mould my character and I surrender completely to the vision of the director.” “Acting happened by chance,” says the Get Gorgeous winner.
“I enjoy acting and it gives me a high in creating something new every time. I want to shock my audience with my roles. You will see me as a strong woman, ready to kick bad men in my next film Naam Shabana unlike the docile Punjabi girl next door in Running Shaadi.com; this kind of versatility in characters is what attracts me to a film.”
“I like it when my roles connect with the audience and establish a kind of relationship with them. She is also looking forward to her commercial film Judwa 2. And why not? “I have grown up watching these films. It will be interesting to see how the audience reacts to this role too. Her debut in the Hindi film industry was with David Dhawan’s rom-com, Chashme Baddoor, but feels now is the best phase of her life for she enjoys the work coming to her.
“I hail from a middle class family and I was always the ‘padaku’ kind of girl, who would always gets 90 per cent and above marks in exams. I have so many plans in life, I would love to continue studying and get an MBA in marketing. I already have a business as a wedding planner with my sister in Mumbai where we plan destination weddings. I have a sky diving license and one day I want to open a café too… but all in good time,” says the hyper active ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ (as she calls herself) actress.