Over the past few years, Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu has made a huge name for herself. Starring in films opposite some of the biggest names of the industry, such as Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Varun Dhawan and Rishi Kapoor amongst many others, Taapsee has made herself known. However, her recent release Saand Ki Aankh opposite Bhumi Pednekar received a lot of flak as the two actresses were cast to play characters twice their age. Many commented that the role could have been essayed by older actresses, including Kangana Ranaut and her sister and manager, Rangoli Chandel.
Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel
In a recent interview with Neha Dhupia on No Filter Neha, Taapsee was asked to comment on Rangoli and Kangana’s statements. She said, “Both of them really love me and that is why they give me so much time and attention. I, honestly and unfortunately, I don’t feel the same so I don’t give it back in terms of my time and attention to them. It doesn’t matter to me in my life and my scheme of things. I don’t want to waste my time on someone who doesn’t matter to me. Apparently, I do matter and this is why I get so much love and attention all the time. It is so futile because you cannot instigate me just like that. If you really want to instigate me and say things, this is not the way.”
When the trailer of Saand Ki Aankh was released, Taapsee cleared the ageism debate stating that male actors when never questioned for playing older roles so females shouldn’t be either. Rangoli had said, “Acting ka A bhi nai aata and you’re comparing yourself to legends. Learn how to act because this tacky silver hair and cheap prosthetic won’t make you an actor. What about the body language of a 60-year-old? Where is the aged voice? Longing for youth in one’s eyes? Where is the acting?”