"I would have failed miserably."
Taapsee Pannu has revealed that she bagged her Bollywood debut due to having a ‘Preity Zinta vibe’.
In an interview with Vogue, Taapsee said that film offers came to her after graduating in 2009.
She soon made her acting debut in the Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam in 2010, however, she did not make her Bollywood debut until 2013.
Director David Dhawan signed her on for Chashme Baddoor without an audition.
Taapsee revealed that she was known as the girl with the “Preity Zinta vibe” at the time, saying that contributed to her Bollywood break.
She recalled: “Thank God I wasn’t auditioned. I haven’t learnt the craft formally, my training is all on-set. I would have failed miserably.
“I was known as the girl who has the ‘Preity Zinta vibe’, which is why I even got a Bollywood break.”
Taapsee added: “If I had to struggle for roles, I wouldn’t have lasted in this field for so long.”
Since her Bollywood debut, Taapsee has played a variety of roles but her big break came in Pink, where she played a victim of molestation.
Taapsee has also played an ISRO scientist in Mission Mangal.
In Thappad, Taapsee played a homemaker who files for divorce when her husband slaps her.
On the variety of roles, Taapsee said:
“People now expect my work to be interesting and worth their time, so I can’t do four films a year and look and sound the same in all.
“Being a female actor I cannot afford to do just one film a year. I wish I had that luxury.
“But I cannot turn my life upside down for a role.”
Instead, Taapsee Pannu shoots one film at a time in 45 days.
As a method actor, she immerses herself into the character she is playing.
“I bore quickly, so new roles and new places help. Fame is not important. I am a Leo, after all.”
“I am the modern young woman. My roles represent that. People should be able to relate to my character.”
She says she is a Bollywood outsider but is proud to be one, adding:
“The view is the best from here.”
Away from films, Taapsee Pannu is known for speaking about social or political issues. As a result, she is subjected to trolling.
On how she deals with the negativity, Taapsee said:
“I realised that I would get trolled even if I said the weather is good.”
In the past, Taapsee would angrily react to the trolls but now she is used to it and ignores it.
“Now I enjoy it. I worry when I’m not trolled. I wonder, am I not relevant anymore?”