Taapsee Pannu May Rescue Alia Bhatt. Here’s How
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Taapsee Pannu May Rescue Alia Bhatt. Here’s How

Taapsee Pannu’s Thappad to release at the end of the month. Can she break the jinx at the box office with regards to female-led films?

With two major films about female heroes Meghna  Gulzar’s  Chhapaak and Ashwiny Iyer Tiwary’s Panga, under-performing at the box-office, all eyes are on Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad which opens at the end of February. It features Tapsee Pannu playing the hero. She had scored resounding successes as the hero on films like Pink, Saandh  Ki Aankh  and Badlaa. Would she able to turn the disturbing tide of women in the lead not doing well at the box-office this year?

Anubhav Sinha who directs Thappad, feels it’s not about gender. “The audience doesn’t care whether a man or a woman directs any film. They just have to connect with the theme and characters. Then the film works. Otherwise it doesn’t.”

Anubhav feels well-made films are a genre of their own. “It’s not about the gender of the director. Or whether it stars a male or a female hero. It’s just got to be a good film.”

But then Meghna  Gulzar and Ashwiny  Iyer Tiwari are exceptional filmmakers, and Deepika Padukone and  Kangana Ranaut  are  huge stars. It is explicable why they were rejected by the audience. Trade experts who wish to remain unnamed  say a strong women-oriented  subject needs  the support of  big  male actors to  get the audience interested.  This is why Sanjay Leela  Bhansali is keen to get Ajay Devgn on board in his Alia-helmed Gangubai Kathiawadi. Devgan’s is a powerful cameo designed to prop up Alia Bhatt’s central  performance as  a gangster.

Making the brains behind Gangubai even more  jittery is the fact that films about female gangsters have  never worked at the box-office in the past, be it Dimple Kapadia in Mera ShikarAmrita Singh in Khoon Baha Ganga Mein, Shabana Azmi in Godmother or Kangana Ranaut in Revolver Rani.

Will Alia Bhatt who has scored a resounding hit in an author-backed role in Raazi, break the jinx?

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