New Delhi: Taapsee Pannu was a popular name in the Southern film industry even before debuting in Hindi with David Dhawan's 'Chashme Baddoor'. She talks about the importance of working in different languages and her rapport with fellow actors in the film.
Q: How layered is your character in 'Chashme Baddoor'?
A: Honestly speaking, I don't know. I didn't have to do any home work as I played myself, I was not asked to prepare anything, David sir was like 'you just play yourself'.
Q: But, you must have been given a brief.
A: I was just told that Seema is today's girl, you don't go and see the old film and decide that this is what I am supposed to do. You are not going to cry, in fact you're the one who is going to make these guys cry. You have to keep everyone on their toes, which clearly explained that I just had to be myself. (Laughs)
Seema is like if some guy comes to her and she doesn't like him then she will just kick him out of the house. My character has a different background in which she has been raised as an independent girl. She is so confident that even her father can't control her.
Q: That means Seema is very different from Neha or Miss Chamko
A: Yes, Miss Chamko was a serious girl and she was very clearly not interested in the other two guys from the very beginning. In the original film, the two lead characters were in sync from the word go while in our film we are completely out of sync. We suffice the saying that opposites attract.
I am the only one whose name has been changed in our film, Omi, Jai and Sid remain the same because I am nowhere close to the original character.
Though I was the only girl in the movie but was never treated like one. I remember me and Divyendu were going after the dubbing and he said 'Picture badi sahi lag rahi hai, chaaron laundon ne bada achcha kaam kiya hai' (The film is looking good, all the four boys have done well), so they never treated me like a girl.
Q: How much important is this debut in Hindi?
A: This is the first time my parents are going to see me talk in a language that they understand. This thing makes me excited and a little nervous because my parents are my biggest critics. Apart from my mother, no one is obsessed with me in my family, my mother is like whatever I do is good for her, she is that kind.
Q: Didn't you think of starting with Hindi films only?
A: I didn't get offers when I thought of acting which was some three years ago and there I was getting really big offers.
Q: And, you are working at a great speed as well, doing 4-5 films a year.
A: It's not easy at all, I haven't got a break in past three years. I am practically working every single day of my life but I am enjoying it to the core, I have forgotten that I was a software engineer, that I was an MBA aspirant. I never thought I can act and today I am like the biggest drama queen on the earth.
Q: Any other Bollywood project in the pipeline?
A: I won't give you the cliched answer. I have been offered some films but I haven't considered any of them good enough to take up because people are not going to give me better roles till the time I don't prove myself.