Exclusive! Taapsee Pannu: How Hindi films have affected the actress’s south career; she opens up

Over the years Taapsee Pannu is known to have been a part of women oriented films in Bollywood. The actress has played key characters as female lead too. Her last release Thappad was much applauded for bringing up a social issue. Apart from being active in Hindi films, she also has a steady career down south.

Ask her if her image in Bollywood has changed the perception of south filmmakers towards her and she says, “I am glad that people identify me for starring in films that have a good storyline coupled with strong female characters. I think I have also done films where I got to play relatively smaller parts like Soorma or Mission Mangal, but still those parts were well remembered. The fact that I did a lot of those strong roles and good films in Hindi also affected the kind of roles I got down south. After a point the filmmakers there also started giving me more relevant characters in films with good story lines.”

Talking about life post Thappad down South, Taapsee adds, “Surprisingly, Thappad being a heavy drama, I did not know how it would be received by the South. I was pleasantly surprised. I got messages and calls from people from the South film fraternity and the general audience saying how glad they were that such a film was made. I was surprised that people saw it and loved it so much.”