In conversation with Postnoon, Taapsee reveals about the choices she has made in her career and why life has not changed despite her successes
She’s the sexiest geek in tinsel town, yet she hates the fact that she’s categorised as a glam doll in films. Her charm lies in her exuberance and she blows us away as we sit down to have a conversation about her career so far and life off screen.
Leave aside her innate beauty, what we find so striking about Taapsee is her no-nonsense approach as she talks about films, choices, relationships and how difficult it is to be an actress. There’s nothing like a no holds barred conversation. It’s been two years since she began acting and thank god, she didn’t end up as a software engineer. “Acting is even more difficult. Unlike coding, there’s a lot more to learn everyday and you have to be really nice to everyone around you no matter whether you love or hate them,” she says. Does it get irritating? “Yeah, it does. Actors get irritated after a point with their lives because they have had enough in their lives,” she says with a smile.
We ask her if it bothers her that she wasn’t the first choice for some of the films she had done? “It really doesn’t matter because people will only remember who actually did the role rather than who the first choice was,” she replies, adding, “ I hate the fact that everyone is a critic now. I have done a variety of roles in the past two years, but people still categorise me as a glamorous and bubbly girl.” Her previous film, Mogudu failed to click at the box office, but Taapsee has no qualms about it. “It transformed me as an artist and it actually showed me what I was capable of doing. It’s very surprising, to this day, that the film didn’t work at the box office,” she recalls.
Has anything changed in the past couple of years in her life? “I am not a party person, so I don’t have many friends in the industry. Back at home, nothing has changed. My friends still make me wait for hours, I still have to take an appointment to meet them and I still get a fixed pocket money every month from my parents,”she laughs.
We ask her about her biggest fear when she faces the camera? “Initially, my biggest fear was forgetting my lines because I acted with great actors like Mohan Babu and Dhanush. But now I have gotten over it. In fact, I get a different kind of high when I have to perform in front of a huge crowd,” Taapsee reveals.This year she has quite a few films in her credit including Daruvu, Gundello Godaari, Shadow, Chashme Baddoor and an upcoming Tamil film starring Ajith and Arya. Talking about her choices so far, she says,
“I have to strike a balance between doing films which will help me build my market and those which will satisfy me as an artiste. I am at a stage where I have to do a film with a big hero or a big director regardless of how my characterisation is, for better visibility in the masses and I will continue doing films keeping my interests in mind.”
You can talk about just anything under the sun with Taapsee, but is there anything which she doesn’t want journalists to ask her? “Hmmm…I hope journalists don’t ask me whether I am in a relationship or not, when I am in a relationship. I don’t know if I will be comfortable enough to talk about such issues. For now, I am happy being single,” she signs off. We will leave it to you to read between the lines.
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Hemanth writes primarily about Telugu cinema, although he finds inspiration from the works of filmmakers like Woody Allen. Apart from writing, he spends most of his time on Twitter discussing about cinema, travel and life in Hyderabad.