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Why Taapsee is 'doubly excited'

By SUBHASH K JHA
September 20, 2021 16:04 IST
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'I don't get bored.'
'Tired, yeah, but never bored.'

IMAGE: Taapsee Pannu in Annabelle Sethupathi. Photograph: Kind courtesy Taapsee Pannu/Instagram

Taapsee Pannu is among the busiest actors in Bollywood and here's proof.

Her latest film, Annabelle Sethupathi, is a Tamil horror flick with Vijay Sethupathi and she's excited about it.

"I like my job and have reached a stage where I can pick and choose films that I know will get me excited about going to work every morning, rather than doing films just for the sake of staying in the market," she tells Subhash K Jha

When did you shoot for Annabelle Sethupathi?

The shoot began in September 2020, after the first lockdown.

It was the first film I shot after the COVID-19 pandemic started.

I have a double role in it.

It's a fantasy comedy based on the idea of reincarnation.

My first double role, so doubly exciting.

 

IMAGE: Vijay Sethupathi and Taapsee Pannu in Annabelle Sethupathi. Photograph: Kind courtesy Taapsee Pannu/Instagram

What was it like working with Vijay Sethupathi?

I was looking forward to working with him.

I like his work and had heard good things about him.

They all turned out to be true.

You started you career in the south. So this is a homecoming in a way?

I do at least one south film every year, so it's not new for me.

My last south film was the Tamil-Telugu Game Over in 2019.

How do you manage to be so prolific?

I like my job and have reached a stage where I can pick and choose films that I know will get me excited about going to work every morning, rather than doing films just for the sake of staying in the market.

 

IMAGE: Taapsee Pannu in Blurr. Photograph: Kind courtesy Taapsee Pannu/Instagram

You have just finished shooting for your first home production, Blurr. What was that like?

Very, very emotionally taxing to do that film!

I am finishing the last two days of the shoot in Mumbai.

It has been a good experience.

I learnt a lot, celebrated a lot.

After this, I will go to Shabaash Mithu.

Audiences don't mind you being so prolific since every film of yours is unique.

Yeah, I guess the shift in genres and characters really helps me to keep going.

I don't get bored.

Tired, yeah, but never bored.

 

IMAGE: Taapsee Pannu as cricketer Mithali Raj in Shabaash Mithu. Photograph: Kind courtesy Taapsee Pannu/Instagram

Do you like your new role as a producer?

I have always liked to own up as far as the responsibility of my films is concerned.

As a producer, I can hak se ask for things I would want in my films and take a call.

As an actor, I don't do that because I don't want to be labelled as intrusive.

How is Shabaash Mithu looking to you?

I had only shot for six days when we stopped shooting due to the lockdown.

Getting back now will be like a re-start.

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