Taapsee on being typecast in Bollywood

Published: August 4, 2019
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PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/TAAPSEE PANNU

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/TAAPSEE PANNU

Bollywood star Taapsee Pannu gave several critically acclaimed performances in films such as Pink, Naam Shabana and Mulk but never knew that would be at the risk of getting typecast. She has now made a conscious decision to not take up a role that would put her in any sort of a bracket.

“I get a lot of offers for action films or stories that revolve around a molested woman or a rape victim. But, I don’t take them up as a rule. You can’t keep doing the same thing again and again and spoil the sanctity of what you did. Unless it is taking me a notch higher, I won’t repeat myself,” she said.

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/TAAPSEE PANNU

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/TAAPSEE PANNU

Taapsee will next be seen in Mission Mangal and Saand Ki Aankh. The 31-year-old stated, “It’s very easy for people to typecast actors because many of them who don’t have an option find it difficult to say ‘no’ to similar kind of work coming their way.”

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However, Taapsee maintained she was never desperate to sign projects just to be visible. “Being an accidental actor, I was never desperate to take up roles just to have some screen presence. It was not a ‘Be all and end all’ of my life. The fear that ‘If I don’t do films, where will the money come from?’ was never there,” she said.

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/TAAPSEE PANNU

PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/TAAPSEE PANNU

Taapsee shared that not everyone is offered meaty roles. “Every actor goes through the struggle of getting good roles. When your first film works, it is always a beginners’ luck but then starts the real struggle. And after that, everyone has to really prove themselves,” she noted.

“So, the beginning, it happens both ways until you reach a stage where people are aware of your credibility as an actor and they know what you are capable of pulling off. And then you get interesting projects. It took time but people don’t offer me the same kind of roles anymore,” Taapsee concluded.

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