Taapsee Pannu Weighs In On Her Changing Status In Bollywood: ‘First I was replaced in films. Now I’m cast first’
Taapsee Pannu revealed Saand Ki Aankh has helped her to come out of her shell. She is eager to prove her critics’ wrong, who doubted her choice of playing a 60-year-old onscreen.
Taapsee Pannu is both wise and talented. When she first signed Saand Ki Aankh, her fans, friends and family deemed it as the most hasty and stupidest decision she has ever made. However, she feels like she could not have taken a better risk and is extremely proud of herself today. Excited to be a part of an all-female led project helmed by Tushar Hiranandani, Taapsee weighed in on the changing times in Bollywood and how the Bhumi Pednekar-starrer has helped her to come out of her shell. She is eager to prove her critics’ wrong, who doubted her choice of playing a 60-year-old onscreen. Taapsee and Bhumi will be essaying the role of India’s sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar.
Speaking about the challenges that came with the film, Taapsee said, “Physical hardships were to sustain the makeup for 12 hours. One drop of sweat and we had to redo the entire thing, which would again take two to three hours,” reported The Indian Express. “Mental hardships were when we said yes to the film, everyone around us said this is the stupidest decision because ‘Why would you do a two girl film without any hero, who wants to play an old woman?’ You always feel the fear of the unknown and about what might happen to your career but I felt like someone needed to take that step.”
When asked whether she feels opportunities for women have changed over the years, Taapsee stated, “I’ve seen a major change in front of my eyes in the last five to six years. Earlier, I was at the mercy of heroes saying yes to me for being a part of films and now I’m being cast before any other actors for a film. Even Saand Ki Aankh came to me first because I wanted to do a two-girl film so I reached out to the makers first. Usually, now the films which come to me, I’ve been cast first. So that change I’ve seen in front of my eyes.”