Taapsee Pannu reveals her traumatic experiences in film industry


In the wake of the ‘nepotism’ row involving Karan Johar and Kangana Ranaut, many Bollywood stars have shared their opinions of working in the film industry. The latest in the list is Taapsee Pannu, who has revealed about her struggle in the film industry.

Without taking any names, Taapsee, who is gearing up for the release of her film ‘Naam Shabana’, ppured her heart out in a moving Facebook post, in which she revealed that she was considered a harbinger of ‘bad luck’.

“I got into modelling during my college days, just to make some extra pocket money. I had scored 88% in my CAT exams and was en route to pursuing my MBA when I got an offer for a film — it happened as organically as that. Thereafter, three of the films I worked in didn’t work and I got the label of ‘iron leg’ — I was ‘rumoured’ to bring bad luck to films. Mind you, all of these films had huge male co-stars and directors, but the failure of movies was blamed upon my bad luck,” the ‘Pink’ actress wrote.

Taapsee further said that she was not paid according to industry norms and top actors refused to work with her as she was not an ‘A-lister’. “Thereafter, I’ve been asked to reduce my pay, I’ve been thrown out of films because the producer was having financial issues. This was all before I did the movie Pink but believe it or not, even after that there’s stigma I’ve had to deal with. Actors have refused to work with me in Bollywood because I’m not an ‘A-list actress’. Producers have finalised me, locked my dates and then randomly backed out at the last minute because they got a bigger name. Expecting equal pay is far off, even the basic amount is something I have to fight for— but I’m not complaining,” Taapsee wrote on the Facebook page of Humans of Bombay.

The actress concluded the post by conveying about her love for acting. She wrote, “I’m here because I love acting — I may not be the most glamorous or have the perfect body but I believe in my art. I don’t like indulging in self-pity…I enjoy being strong and independent. Just a few weeks ago, I was going to a Keertan in Delhi where in the middle of the crowd I felt a guy trying to poke me from behind. I didn’t even turn to look at him, I grabbed his finger and twisted it so hard that he winced in pain. Truth is, I’m less heroine and more the ‘hero’ in my story and for some that’s a bitter pill to swallow, but then that’s tough…because I’m not going anywhere.”