It’s no secret that behind the doors of Bollywood, there goes a lot of politics, nepotism, favoritism, and a tendency to continue patriarchy. Thankfully more and more people are talking about it and are no longer pursing their lips on the matter. And the recent one to join the club is Taapsee Pannu. The actress opened about the inside machinery of Bollywood and how heroes used to have a complete say in picking their heroines and thus had an upper hand.
I’ve seen a major change in front of my eyes in the last 5-6 years. (Earlier) I was at the mercy of heroes saying yes to me for being a part of the films, to now where I’m being cast first and then the other actors in the film.
I’ve been replaced from films where heroes didn’t approve of me or some of the other issues, not related to my work, to now this. Of course, the pay changes based on the success of your film. It is still far far away from the heroes but it has changed. I want to look at the positive side of it. If my box office collection reaches par with the heroes, I’m sure my income will also be at par. It is moving in the right direction.
Talking about her recent film Saand Ki Aankh and the thinking process that went behind her signing it, she said:
Mental hardships were when we said yes to the film, everyone around us said this is the stupidest decision because why would you do a two girl film without any hero, who wants to play an old woman? This has no precedents, and you always feel the fear of the unknown, what might happen to your career, but I’m like someone needs to take that step.
You said it!