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Thappad made me aware of gender stereotypes I propagate in my life, says Ankur Rathee

The actor said his role in Anubhav Sinha's film made him question his belief system. 

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Ankur Rathee, who plays Taapsee Pannu’s younger brother In Anubhav Sinha's Thappad (2020), explains that the film is driven by an event that occurs in Pannu’s marriage and changes the course of her life.

"The way a brother responds when something like this happens to his sister is the crux of my character," Rathee said. "Sibling love is very powerful, but it can take unexpected forms when colliding with the Indian family structure and gender norms. Playing this role made me realize a lot of gender stereotypes I propagate in my own life. It also made me question the role of sacrifice in love and marriage," he added.

This is Rathee's second film after The Tashkent Files (2019), where he played the role of a political figure, Imran Qureshi, in an ensemble cast of Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Mandira Bedi, Pankaj Tripathi and Vinay Pathak. He was also seen in the web-series Four More Shots Please! and Made In Heaven, both of which streamed on Amazon Prime last year.

Thappad also stars Pavail Gulati, Dia Mirza, Ratna Pathak, Ram Kapoor, Tanvi Azmi, and Kumud Mishra. The film is due to be released in theatres on 28 February.