Taapsee Pannu discusses starring in Annabelle Sethupathi regardless of discovering the horror-comedy style ‘over-the-top’
Taapsee Pannu has been basking in glory together with her back-to-back hits, and wealthy and diversified filmography in the previous few years with movies like Mulk, Manmarziyaan, Badla, Saand Ki Aankh, Thappad and most not too long ago Haseen Dillruba to call a number of. One of probably the most prolific actresses, Pannu can have 5 releases this 12 months offered, “my films don’t eat up into each other’s space”, and she or he laughs heartily. In the upcoming multilingual fantasy-comedy Annabelle Sethupathi, Pannu performs a queen from colonial occasions who returns as a ghost within the current day, to hang-out the palace her husband had constructed for her.
“I have played a dual role, it was fun and challenging at the same time. I play a British descent girl Annabelle in one role because the film is based in 1948 around the Independence era and I also play this present day girl Rudra who is a local thug, a con artist. These are two diametrically different characters with different looks and behaviour but it is not like I am playing a twin role. I never had to be in the same frame in both the looks so no technical glitch is possible but it is a reincarnation of sorts. I enjoyed it, and again it is an actor’s high,” mentioned the actress.
On returning to South with Annabelle Sethupathi
Just a few years again, Pannu, who started her journey with movies down South over a decade in the past, had began refusing Tamil and Telugu movies when she realised that she was doing the ‘prop’ sorts of roles simply to be seen out there alongside large heroes. Obviously, that threat paid off however then what made her say ‘Yes’ to Annabelle Sethupathi? “I said ‘yes’ to this film despite not being a fan of this genre but I have done two of my most successful films in the South in this genre. Every time I did those films I wanted to say ‘No’ but I ended up saying ‘Yes’ after hearing the script. I find this genre too over-the-top for me but those scripts made me change my decisions and both the films have been huge hits,” she says.
She additional explains, “I had started saying ‘No’ to films in the South sometime before 2016 because at that time I didn’t have good control on my craft. I was still learning how to go about in the industry. I have learnt not what to do from my mistakes. What hit me hard was when I was written off by the media as someone who is a stroke of bad luck to the industry. That is what made me take that hard decision of saying ‘No’ to films where I don’t matter which was a good decision or else I would have probably never changed my path and would have continued doing those films.”
“So when Deepak (Sundarrajan, Director) approached me, I told him this was not the genre I wanted to do and that I have done it enough but he insisted I hear it once. I heard it and again it made me think. It is something that is so beautifully written. Unfortunately, theatres are not open otherwise it would have been a perfect family entertainer. I haven’t done something like this in Bollywood. If this film was written in Hindi I would have still done it. The director told me that he didn’t want to do the film with anyone else and it is very heart-warming to hear, ‘It is you or nobody’. He had to wait for over a year for my dates but he did. I still stand by the film. And then I found out that Vijay (Sethupathi) said ‘yes’ to doing a part, which was strange because you don’t really come across heroes who are ready to do parts in a film that is titled after the woman’s character,” says the actress.
On movies in her pipeline
With a good slate of back-to-back movies, Pannu says she’s getting to select from ‘extra various roles, scripts and genres’.
Her slate contains Rashmi Rocket (a sports activities drama), Looop Lapeta (comedy-thriller), Dobaaraa, a supernatural science fiction, then her personal manufacturing Blurr which is a thriller, and Shabaash Mithu, a biopic on cricketer Mithali Raj. “These are the films that I have shot, or I am shooting for. I will have to space out, so let’s see how much I am able to fit in this year otherwise there will be a spill-over next year. I feel like I am running alone competing with my own timing,” she laughs, additional including, “These are all totally different style movies and all are taxing, each mentally and bodily and that drains me out. Every set that I am going to there’s a minimum of one set the place I say to myself – ‘What was I thinking when I signed this film?’ I put myself in these difficult roles and conditions the place there’s greater than I can deal with. I actually should draw a small line someplace earlier than I am going nuts (laughs). But I’m glad that I’ve grow to be a primary selection for lots of movies and there are particular genres the place folks have began saying that is Taapsee sort of movie.
It could be very good to listen to when you possibly can create a distinct segment and style of your personal which could be very uncommon to have. People typically inform me, ‘Aren’t you terrified of getting typecast?’ But I inform them that is one sort of typecasting that I might need to have.”
Due to Covid-induced lockdown, Pannu says, it grew to become extraordinarily troublesome and aggravating for her to finish all her assignments particularly since she needed to preserve sure physicality for the sports activities movie that she was doing. “I used to be able to get into form for Rashmi Rocket for which I used to be required to do quite a lot of exhausting work. I used to be engaged on it for 3 months and all of the sudden all the things was shut and it was troublesome to keep up and get again that sort of a physique. Also, all my buffer dates and gaps that I had stored between my movies began getting eaten up and I actually needed to bounce from one movie to the opposite and there was no breather which took a toll on me. It was very taxing as a result of I needed to end 5 movies between the primary and second lockdown. Annabelle…was the primary movie that I shot for when issues eased up. I shot this movie in September 2020 when only a few states had opened up, Rajasthan being one in all them. That is why we went to Jaipur and shot this movie in a single go, in a single location and got here again,” mentioned Pannu.
On launching her manufacturing home
Pannu, not too long ago, took a step ahead in her profession by launching her manufacturing home, ‘Outsider Films’. Justifying the title, she says, “Because I want people to start seeing this term in a positive light and I want to proudly own this space of being an outsider.” On her new stint, “I have turned producer not just to profit share but to actually take hard calls on the packaging of the film. I cannot make those calls as an actor because there are limitations, or it could lead to calling a truce and disagreements as not everyone likes suggestions.”
Lastly, when requested if there was any position that will excite her, she indicators off saying, “If I’m able to get into Avengers…that’s one position, one style…and the day the entry opens up for an Indian to be forged in it, I’m undoubtedly auditioning for it, and if I’m chosen then I believe I’ve achieved all of it.”