The actor has no qualms turning down similar roles that come her way.
She has delivered critically acclaimed performances in films such as Pink (2016), Naam Shabana (2017) and Mulk (2018). But, actor Taapsee Pannu would’ve probably never thought that her risk-taking ability will get her typecast.
“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, and spoil the sanctity of what you did. Unless it’s taking me a notch higher, I’ll not repeat myself,” says Taapsee, who was recently seen in Badla and Game Over.
The 31-year-old actor, who will be seen next in Mission Mangal and Saand Ki Aankh, says, “It’s 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.”
Taapsee, however, maintains that it wasn’t the case with her and she was “never desperate” to take up work to just remain visible. “Being an accidental actor, I was never desperate to takeup roles just to have some screen presence. It was not the ‘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. Thus, I didn’t take decisions that I’d have regretted,” she says, adding that she “patiently waited for the right opportunity”.
With two more projects — Tadka and Thappad — in her kitty, Taapsee feels not everyone gets meaty roles. She says, “Every actor goes through the struggle of getting good roles. When your first film works, it’s always a beginners’ luck, but then starts the real struggle.”
An established name in the south cinema, Taapsee’s real struggle began after her Bollywood debut Chashme Baddoor (2013). She then tried to figure out the kind of films she wanted to do. “I was being patient, waiting and choosing offers and even going out there asking for what I really wanted to do. For instance, for Baby (2015), I approached the director and asked if he can cast me for the role I was keen. Fortunately, Pink came my way,” she recalls.
The actor is happy that things gradually changed, and adds, “It took time, but people don’t offer me the same kind of roles anymore.”