I play a very headstrong girl whose goals are very well etched out: Taapsee Pannu
As far as film débuts go, actress Taapsee Pannu has enjoyed a continuous streak of good luck. She made her Telugu debut under ace South film-maker K. Raghavendra Rao's direction. Her initiation into the Tamil film industry in 2011 was with Aadukalam opposite South star Dhanush. It was no mean feat that the film won six National Awards. And now, the actress is poised to make a grand Bollywood debut, in none other than David Dhawan's remake of the cult comedy, Chashme Baddoor, in which she reprises veteran actress Deepti Naval's role.
"My character is very different to what Deepti ma'am played in the original Chashme Baddoor," clarifies Taapsee at the outset, as she settles into a chair, at the end of a busy day of media interactions, at a suburban hotel in Mumbai. "Unlike the original, my character is not shy and does not sell Chamko(detergent). I play a very headstrong girl whose goals are very well etched out. It's her way or the highway! And she will definitely not shed tears after a break up, instead she will make the other person cry," quips the actress. While, the first day of shoot for many newbies is fraught with nervousness and anxious moments, Taapsee was confidence personified, till she stepped on the sets. "I was excited and ready to give my first shot, when the director asked me to do a kissing scene. I found that a little funny and awkward too. While Ali Zafar is shy and quiet and it took him a little time to feel at ease, I am the complete opposite of him. I was determined to break the ice and after a few retakes, the scene was shot and looked quite cute." A software engineer by qualification, Taapsee would have made her entry into Bollywood way back in 2011 in Puri Jagannadh's Bbuddhah Hoga Terra Baap, had she not been busy with her films in the South. However, it was Puri who recommended her name to Viacom (producers), who ultimately spoke to Dhawan and the rest is history. Born and brought up in the Capital, Taapsee could never have imagined that Hindi would pose a problem till she started dubbing for Chashme Baddoor. "I have a very strong Punjabi accent when I speak in Hindi. It took me two hours to dub my first scene. Honestly, it really pulled down my confidence but slowly I got into the groove of it," says the actress. When it comes to her future projects, Taapsee is impressively calm. "I won't just take up a movie because I have to keep myself busy here. I am not in a hurry. Even if I am doing five scenes in a movie, they should be important," she signs off.