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Taapsee Pannu: I have been ‘rumoured’ to bring bad luck, thrown out of films

The Pink actress reveals her ordeal in the film industry, which hasn't ended even after the success of Pink. 

Keyur Seta

Taapsee Pannu made a mark last year with Pink. Along with box office and critical acclaim, the film announced her as a serious artist, rather than just a pretty face. But the road hasn’t been smooth for her by any means. She revealed some disturbing obstacles she had to face in her journey to the famous Facebook page, Humans Of Bombay. 

Pannu didn’t have to struggle to get her initial break. After modelling, she landed three films. However, as the films did not work, she was given the tag of being ‘unlucky.’ 

"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. Thereafter, I’ve been asked to reduce my pay, I’ve been thrown out of films because the producer was having financial issues.” she said. 

Although she made a mark with Pink, she states that she continues to struggle. “Believe it or not even after that (Pink) 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. 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.” she added. 

Pannu also revealed the harassment she had to face recently when she attended a keertan (prayer meeting) in Delhi. But she gave it back to the harasser. “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,” she said. 

Lastly, she states that the fact that she is more of a hero, isn’t going down well with some. “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,” she signed off.