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Remember the feisty Minal Arora from the empowering movie, Pink? Yes, we are talking about Taapsee Pannu, the actress who stole our hearts with her powerful delivery in the film as one of the women fighting for justice against corrupt and influential men.
Even after becoming famous in the South Indian film industry, Taapsee struggled for quite a few years before she could make her mark in Bollywood. She finally got noticed for her small yet impactful role in Baby. She got to star in Pink only after that and post Pink’s massive success, she became a household name, known for her acting prowess and powerful delivery. After Pink, Taapsee has also worked in movies like Naam Shabana and The Ghazi Attack. She turned 30 on August 1st.
Even after becoming famous in the South Indian film industry, Taapsee struggled for quite a few years before she could make her mark in Bollywood. She finally got noticed for her small yet impactful role in Baby. She got to star in Pink only after that and post Pink’s massive success, she became a household name, known for her acting prowess and powerful delivery. After Pink, Taapsee has also worked in movies like Naam Shabana and The Ghazi Attack. She turned 30 on August 1st and in a heartfelt message she described her journey so far on the Humans of Bombay’s Facebook page.
Taapsee Pannu talks about how difficult it is for an outsider and a woman to make her mark in Bollywood. Initially, people blamed her for the box-office failures of her movies even though there were more famous male co-actors or directors associated with the project. Even after Pink, it seems some actors are not ready to work with her because she is not an A-list actress. She talks about the wage gap and how she has to fight to earn even the basic amount for a movie. And yet, Taapsee talks of her love for acting and how she is here to stay. She talks about her strong and independent character and the way she fights back all those who try to harass her on the streets. You can read her full post here.
When we see the flag bearers of nepotism in the Bollywood film industry such as Karan Johar, Varun Dhawan, and Saif Ali Khan bitch about a self-made superstar like Kangana Ranaut, we are disappointed at how this nepotism trend in Bollywood is here to stay. Though Varun and Karan later apologized to Kangana for their behavior, Saif Ali Khan penned a bizarre open later involving eugenics (!) to prove how the Bollywood star kids are genetically more superior to the rest of us, mere mortals, and hence it is much easier for them to get roles in movies. Kangana Ranaut in her trademark kick-ass style penned a brilliant comeback to Saif’s letter, where among other things she mentions:
“Are you implying that artistic skills, hard-work, experience, concentration spans, enthusiasm, eagerness, discipline and love, can be inherited through family genes? If your point was true, I would be a farmer back home.”
And this is the reason why we celebrate the so-called outsiders in the film industry because we know how much harder they have it than the star kids.
We wish strong and independent actresses like Taapsee Pannu and Kangana Ranaut all the successes that they deserve. It is high time that patriarchy takes a backseat in Bollywood.
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