Taapsee Pannu, who made her Bollywood debut with Chashme Badoor, blew away the audience with her killer smile, her amazing action scenes in Baby and Naam Shabana, breathtaking acting in Pink and recent portrayal as a hockey player in Soorma. This girl has proved that be it any role she can pull it off with an ease.
Taapsee Pannu is back to entertain the audience as a lawyer in Anubhav Sinha’s Mulk.
UrbanAsian got a chance to interview the stunning Taapsee Pannu Exclusively. The actress shared some insights about the movie Mulk, co-star Rishi Kapoor, director Anubhav Sinha and also spoke about the amazing amount of movies that she is going to entertain us with.
Read on to know all:
- Besides the cast and the director, what was that one thing that made you say yes to MULK?
Well, the script, the story was enough for me to say yes. I had no reason to say no to the film.
- How was it working with Rishi Kapoor?
Wow! Well, we have worked together in Chashme Badoor but this time it was different. Since I have worked with him before, there was no ice breaking required and I kind of understand where this Punjabi man’s temperament comes from. He is really a fun actor to work with if you really get him and his humour.
- What did you get to learn from Rishi Kapoor?
It’s not like that he comes as a teacher on the set. It’s not like he teaches anything or it is like I look at him to just learn something. You just observe certain things like the kind of enthusiasm he has for his character even now. The makeover, a look that he underwent. He used to take around 2-2 ½ hour to get into that look. Perform for like 10 hrs, and then go back and get out of that look for another hour. So this kind of hardwork that he did for this role and film, in a very easy way and at this age, he doesn’t really need to do all this. So this love that he shows for his work is quite inspiring.
- You are playing the role of a lawyer for the first time, so what all preparations did you do for the character?
I did not take any inspiration from any character. I had a benchmark set in my head as I had already been a part of a successful courtroom drama in Pink, where Bachchan Sir’s role was like loved a lot. So I knew that that’s the benchmark, so if you can be anywhere around it, I knew I will be successful. That was definitely the benchmark role and if you ask me about my preparation, I am more of a spontaneous actor.
Most of the time I just go with the flow. I just have multiple discussions with my director as to what kind of tone he wants me to catch and plus there was a lawyer on the set throughout who used to keep a check on our body language, our way of talking, whatever gestures we are making in the court, so he used to be just monitoring that all the time so that we don’t go wrong anywhere.
- How was it working with Anubhav Sinha?
I think he is one of the most learned, intelligent man I have come across not only in the industry but generally too. The kind of information he has in his mind, I can totally understand, from where those brilliant dialogues are coming from. The kind of knowledge about history, mythology, current affairs, social and political issues, he is extremely aware, so you know you are in safe hands. You cannot go wrong when information is concerned with such a sensitive film. So ya, he is a very very intelligent man.
- A scene that was difficult to shoot.
I think the courtroom sequences were very challenging because for me I was very intimidated by the presence of these brilliant actors around me. So for me to share screen space with them, plus 6 cameras rolling at the same time and some scenes to be performed in a single go, that all was very challenging.
- You have done comedy, action, and serious role. So a role that you wish to do?
There are quite a few roles left. (laughs) There are few films that are going to come out in the future and every film will have a different flavor, will have a different character that you have not seen me doing before, that I can say with confidence. The characters that I have recently done like in Soorma I played a hockey player and now a lawyer in Mulk and all the characters in my future films, they are all so different from each other. So I think I really have a lot of challenges role to do and to choose.
- What’s next?
After Mulk, I have a certain number of films releasing. I have a film called Neevevaro that will be releasing on 24th August. Then I have Manmarziyaan releasing on 14th September, then I have Badla releasing on 8th March next year.