As Tapsee prepares to play a sprinter in her next film, she looks back without rancour on her days of rejection. “In the Telugu film industry I was called the ‘Iron Leg’ which means a bad-luck charm. They have these tags for the female actors: Golden Leg, Iron Leg….None of male actors are ever labeled in this way.”
She hasn’t forgotten the hurt. “I wish I had saved all those articles calling me those names. But they were too hurtful to save back then. I never I’d turn the tables one day.”
An Tapsee Pannu’s career is skyrocketing . After another success in Mission Mangal she is awaiting the release of Sandh Ki Aankh where she plays a real-life shooter from rural UP.
And now she will play a Gujarati racetrack sprinter in Akarsh Khurana’s Rashmi Rocket . Tapsee, already very athletic in her demeanour(she played a hockey player in Soorma) will have to train from scratch for this part.
She informs me, “I will have to do a full physical makeover for this role. I start shooting from next month onwards.”
So is the role based on a real-life sprinter?
“It’s not a proper bio-pic. But a story based on real incidents. My character is a bit like P T Usha, Hima Das andDutee Chand. But really not any of the above.”d how!