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Taapsee Pannu Speaks On Her Decision To Turn Producer

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Taapsee Pannu Speaks  To Subhash  K Jha  On Her Decision To Turn Producer

This week, Dilruba Haseena actor Taapsee Pannu surprised everyone  by turning producer. Yes, Taapsee Pannu, who in  her 10-year career  has carved her own niche  in Indian cinema,  has  launched her own  production house  Outsiders Films.

Why the  sudden  decision?

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Taapsee Pannu replies,  “It was  not  a  sudden  decision at  all. I had been advised to turn  producer for some time now. But I wasn’t sure. I knew being an actor I wouldn’t   have the mindspace to divert into being a full-time  producer and  wanted to make sure that I was psychologically  prepared to  have full control  over  the  films I  was producing.”

Hence  Taapsee was  on the lookout for  a  partner  to produce  films with. “I wanted a partner who had the expertise to  handle  the  financial-practical side  of  production while  I  took care  of  the  creative side. That’s when I got  my friend Pranjal Khandhdiya on board. I worked  with him  as an actor when he  was  part of Sony Pictures.I could see  his level of efficiency and  professionalism.”

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It  was  Pranjal who suggested the partnership. “Yes, he was the one who suggested this partnership.I think  I’d have been insane to refuse it. With him  by my side I know I could totally rely on him  to handle the  production while I could  focus  on my acting and the creative aspects  of production.”

The  partnership and production plans to took  a year to concretize. “That’s the amount of time it took us to lock in our first production and a couple  of  other  projects in the  future.”

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Taapsee Pannu is  very clear on her priorities as  a producer. “I don’t think  I needed to turn producer  to  create opportunities  for myself as an actor. I don’t think I  lacked opportunities before  I turned producer. But yes , one of my  targets as a  producer  is to  create opportunities for other actors like me who who come  in  from the outside and take  years to  find opportunities. It took me  a decade  to establish myself. This(the  production house)   would help some actors to get a platform, so they can make headway  quicker than me. The idea is to tell good stories and provide  opportunities to other actors.”

Further  explaining her  motivations as  a producer  Taapsee Pannu says, “A lot  of actors turn  co-producers to take   a cut in the boxoffice profits. I am not doing that . I am only producing  the films where I will have  full control, and where  me and Pranjal would be able to  make  the  kind of films we  believe in.”

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Taapsee’s first production is  a film called Blurrr. “But I am not allowed to  divulge any information on it right now.”

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Why On  Earth Is Sushmita Sen Smoking A Cigar In Aarya’s First  Look?

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Season 3  of Aarya is being shot as  you read this, and naturally Sushmita Sen is  super-kicked about it, so kicked that she has put  out a  video where she is seen  in the  best Lady Boss version of herself.

Alarmingly, she is seen puffing away at a  cigar, to  complete her Badass Lady Boss image.

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 There was a  time when women smoking  cigarettes  in Hindi cinema signaled vampishness. If a female actor was  shown smoking it meant she had evil designs  over the  hero, and life in general.

 Sushmita being Sushmita, a cigarette won’t do. A  cigar it is, to go with her formidable image. The last Bollywood actor I saw smoking a cigar  on screen was Premnath in the 1970s. Back then so  many  people didn’t die of cancer  by smoking.

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 These are  different far more dangerous  and deadly times.

Sushmita is an iconic  actor.She  needs to be more careful about the image  she projects . Smoking  a  cigar doesn’t  enhance a woman’s(or a  man’s) muscle power. Nor does it make her look cool.

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About shooting for the third season of Aarya  Sushmita says, “Aarya is synonymous with my name.  I have lived as Aarya for two whole seasons and the love received by the audiences has only encouraged me to do more. Walking on the sets of Aarya Season 3 makes me feel at home and gives me  a sense of empowerment. I’m grateful to the entire team at Disney+ Hotstar, Ram Madhvani Films and Endemol Shine India for the vision of creating Aarya and taking it to newer heights with every season.”

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Shah Rukh, Deepika, John Will Meet The Media  On Monday At 4 pm(But There’s  A Catch)

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Pathaan has effectually discredited the  efficacy  of media interactions to promote  a  film. The  film’s lead actors Shah Rukh  Khan, Deepika Padukone  and John Abraham did not conduct any  press or portal interviews  to  promote the  film.

And  yet Pathaan  is  a blockbuster.

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 This  weekend  the Pathaan producer Aditya  Chopra  of  Yash Raj Films  took a call on behalf  of  the Pathaan team  to do one media  meet at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai  on Monday January 30 at 4 pm.

The  three principal actors  and  director Siddharth Malhotra  will address  the  media.

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 But  here’s the catch: the media will not be allowed to ask any questions. There will be no  Q& A s or  one-on-one  interactions.This  basically means that the  Pathaan  team will  have an opportunity to  say what it wants  to the media. But the  media will have no say.

Make what  you will of this  one-way traffic.

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A  source close  to Yash Raj informs  me that this is  the   pattern  regarding the media that  Yash Raj will follow for  future  releases: no  press meets  no promotional  engagements.

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Fake Projects of Pathaan Director Being Planted In Media

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Siddharth Anand Denies Considering  Any Project With  Deepak Mukut

A  word of caution to those marketing and publicity wizkids  who think  it’s okay to  plant fake stories  on (fake) projects  with the Pathaan director.

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 It is  not.

Such baseless announcements  are meant only to  raise  the equity  of the  producers  with whom Siddharth   Anand’s name is  linked. One  such  producer whose name  has cropped up after the  spectacular success of  Pathaan is  Deepak Mukut.

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There were  reports  everywhere that Siddharth Anand’s next would  be with Mukut.

Turned out to be a false rumour.

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A  source in the  know informs, “Siddharth now has to complete Fighter  starring Hrithik Roshan and  Deepika Padukone  for Yash Raj.Then  he  is   committed to direct the sequel to War 2 for  Yash Raj films.  They will then start  work on the  next film in the Pathaan  franchise. There is no scope  or  room for any outside  projects  for Siddharth Anand. So every announcement  that  you read of a  new film  to be  directed by Siddharth Anand  for an  outside  producer is likely to  be  a hundred  percent fake.”

When I asked Siddharth Anand  about the  supposed project  with  producer Deepak Mukut he promptly replied,  “NOT AT ALL.”

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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