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'I have seen days where...': Taapsee Pannu remembering struggling phase in south Indian films Taapsee Pannu
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'I have seen days where...': Taapsee Pannu remembering struggling phase in south Indian films

Souvik Ghosh/IBNS | @indiablooms | 20 Aug 2022, 09:24 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: Before joining Bollywood, actor Taapsee Pannu had ventured into the southern films featuring in Telugu and Tamil projects to mark her onscreen debut.

In a recent talk on women empowerment by ICBI in Kolkata, Taapsee opened up about her initial days of struggle.

Speaking about her tough days as a "heroine" in the south, Taapsee said, "When I did south films, I have seen days where I was replaced for not getting my dates matched with others in the film.

"I have seen days when heroines' remuneration was decided based on the amount in the budget left after paying the entire cast and crew. But that didn't happen in Hindi films because I didn't make the same mistake which I did in the south with the kind of films I had selected to do."


Taapsee made her film debut in 2010 with K Raghavendra Rao's Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam.

She made her Tamil film debut Aadukalam the next year.

Speaking on why she didn't feature as a conventional glamorous "heroine" in big budget Hindi films, Taapsee said she was not offered such roles.

"I was not offered those parts where I could be the fancy heroine in the films... I was not even considered for those roles. I had to make a space for myself which is by and far not conveniently replaceable," she said.

In Bollywood, Taapsee caught the limelight with 2016 film Pink, which starred Amitabh Bachchan, followed by Naam Shabana, Judwaa 2, Manmarziyaan et al.

However, after her previous film Shabaash Mithu failed to garner healthy box office collections, Taapsee's latest film Dobaaraa is also off to a slow start in terms of revenue generation.

Along with Taapsee, Dobaaraa lead actor Pavail Gulati and producer Ekta Kapoor were also present in the talk show.

(Images by Avishek Mitra/IBNS)