Taapsee Pannu talks about women's rights and her role in new movie PINK
- Aniruddha Roy Choudhary’s latest movie, PINK, has been a critical and commercial success in India
- PINK is the story of three girls who are molested and then charged for assault after attacking the molester
- MailOnline spoke to Taapsee about the movie and all the Indian women who take great encouragement in PINK’s narrative
- See more news from India at www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome
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A blazing courtroom drama, PINK has wowed critics and audiences alike and actress Taapsee Pannu, who plays Delhi-based event manager Meenal Arora, is being heralded as the face of a new brand of strong Indian woman.
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Taapsee Pannu says her life has changed after PINK
PINK is the story of three girls (Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang) who are molested by Rajveer (Angad Bedi) but are instead charged of assault for attacking the molester.
The Indian Express called it, “A blazing indictment of all that’s wrong with us”. While the Times of India said, “PINK is a powerful statement on the existing feudal mindset of a majority of India, where men and women are judged by a different yardstick”.
Taapsee played an independent Delhi girl Meenal
MailOnline spoke to Taapsee about PINK, and the rights of other independent Indian women who take great encouragement in PINK’s narrative as three girls fight for the right to lead a life on their own terms.
Taapsee is currently shooting Naam Shabana, an action thriller narrating the story of a Muslim girl’s journey to become a secret agent.
The success of PINK, has opened the door for the actress to take up strong characters and her career is expected to blossom after such a commanding performance.
Taapsee is currently shooting Naam Shabana in Malaysia along with her Baby co-star Akshay Kumar
“PINK made me the brand ambassador of women fighting and raising a voice for their rights. Its heartening to note that the movie sent across the message without being too preachy,” says Taapsee.
‘When a woman says ‘no’ she means NO’ was the message that Pink offered, and ever since the movie was released in September, Taapsee has been giving speeches, attending seminars to talk about the life of urban, young women and their freedom to explore their sexuality.
A blazing courtroom drama PINK came across as a powerful narration in Indian mainstream movies in which Amitabh Bachchan played a lawyer
Produced by Shoojit Sircar, the movie was hailed as one of its kind for Bollywood; but in many ways similar to Hollywood film The Accused, starring Jodie Foster.
“I have grown up suffering eve-teasing and cat calls. Touched and rubbed inappropriately while travelling in Delhi’s public transport.
“What’s most appalling is that like most Indian girls, I was also conditioned to ignore such people and never to react.” says Taapsee.
“Most of the time I would not tell anything to my parents, fearing I would be grounded at home by them,” she adds.
“I may sound politically incorrect, but our surroundings are truly unsafe,” adds Taapsee.
Born and bred in Delhi, Taapsee has faced eve teasing and abuse, while growing up
Taking her journey forward, Taapsee will soon be seen in Naam Shabana along with Akshay Kumar – a prequel to hit 2015 action thriller Baby, which was directed by Neeraj Pandey.
Taapsee’s small yet defining action sequence in Baby had left her fans asking for more.
“Naam Shabana is revolutionary in its own way as it is about hardship faced by Indian women who intend to work as an undercover agent,” said Taapsee.
“I was told that my small action role in Baby was smashing and they wanted to see more. The movie will take the audience to the journey for which I am learning Japanese martial arts,” she adds.
Taapsee started her Bollywood career with Chasme Baddoor
PINK narrated life of three close friends and room mates who seek an independent life
A normal middle-class girl from a Sikh family, Taapsee was more inclined towards achieving her academic goals as a kid, and her only association with the arts was her weekly Kathak and Bharatnatyam lessons.
It was only when she received an offer letter from tech giant Infosys when Taapsee finished her engineering studies that she realised her true calling was to be an actor.
A short modelling stint, and a whopping 23 southern films later, Taapsee finally made a foray into Bollywood movies with the David Dhawan’s Chasme Baddoor.
But her performance in PINK has propelled her to a much higher level.
“PINK has reflected the times that we are living in. We all dream of having a clean and a safe society, but, do not want to work for it.
“Nobody wants to speak about it and no one really care to create a safe society,” says Taapsee, who has so far answered umpteen emails sent by women from all across south-Asia, discussing subjugation and exploitation of women.
Rajkumar Santoshi’s Damini, released in 1993, was the last memorable movie discussing sexual exploitation and rape, made more than two decades ago.
Indian movies have popularly gained infamy for objectifying women on screen, or reducing the female characters to banal decorative pieces with larger than life role safely offered to the hero.
Thankfully, the ideology is changing as a distinct shift is being noticed in many contemporary movies.
“This is the best time to be an actress in Indian films. Though female-oriented movies have been made on regular basis, the frequency has increased lately as the audience taste has changed,” signs off Taapsee.
Taapsee fooling around on the sets of PINK with Amitabh Bachchan
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