Taapsee Pannu talks Misogyny & Negativity in Bollywood

Taapsee Pannu shares her early experiences within Bollywood and how she was considered the ‘bad luck charm’ in the industry.

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“the hero’s wife didn’t want me to be part of the film.”

Bollywood actress Taapsee Pannu is riding high on the success of films such as Thappad, Mission Mangal and Badla.

However, there was a time when she was called a “bad luck charm” of Bollywood and producers were hesitant to cast her.

Throughout her career, Taapsee has never shied away from speaking her mind.

She has often been seen getting into an open verbal spat on Twitter with fellow Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut.

Taapsee Pannu has also taken plenty of hits from the Indian media on behalf of Rhea Chakraborty during the investigation in the death of late actor and Rhea’s boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput.

In a recent interview, when asked about her brush with sexism and misogyny in the Hindi film industry, the actress did not hold back.

Speaking to Filmfare in an interview she shared:

“I faced some really weird things in the beginning like she isn’t pretty enough. I’ve been replaced because the hero’s wife didn’t want me to be part of the film.

“I was dubbing for one of my films and I was told that the hero didn’t like my dialogue so I should change it.

“When I refused to change it, they got a dubbing artiste to do it behind my back.

“One time I was told the hero’s previous film didn’t work, so you slash your price because we need to control the budget.

“There was some hero who wanted my introduction scene changed because he felt it would overpower his introduction scene.

“These are the things that have happened in front of me, I don’t know what’s happened behind my back.”

Known for pushing the envelope with films like Pink, Mulk, Saandh Ki Aankh and more, Taapsee said that she has decided to only do films that will make her genuinely happy to go to work.

Taapsee Pannu said:

“Whenever a girl has tried to do women-driven films there’s a tag that’s attached to her and male stars are then hesitant to take her as their leading lady.

“It might be a little harder, long journey but it’s going to be one that I’m going to enjoy each day. It has worked out till now.”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Taapsee has her kitty full with movies like Haseen Dillruba, Rashmi Rocket, Shabaash Mithu.

Taapsee Pannu will also be appearing in the Hindi remake of the 1998 German experimental thriller film Run Lola Run.

Akanksha is a media graduate, currently pursuing a postgraduate in Journalism. Her passions include current affairs and trends, TV and films, as well as travelling. Her life motto is 'Better an oops than a what if'.