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‘Not Insiders, My Audience Makes Me Successful’: Taapsee Pannu On Being An ‘Outsider’

‘Not Insiders, My Audience Makes Me Successful’: Taapsee Pannu On Being An ‘Outsider’

The nepotism debate and the unfair business in Bollywood unravelled a couple of years ago and the blame game started. 

Now, Taapsee Pannu has decided to come forward and put an end to this ‘insider-outsider’ debate by clearing the air about her status and success in Bollywood. 

She says that being an 'outsider' doesn’t matter and cannot come in between your success if your audience appreciates you.   

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Taapsee Pannu is one of the most successful actors in Bollywood who made it big despite not being from a film background. She did not have any godfather in the film industry or big connections, just a few South films in her kitty, unparalleled talent and a ‘never give up’ attitude. 

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She started out her career in Bollywood with small roles like Shabana in Akshay Kumar’s Baby and before we knew it, she went on to become one of the few top actors who could shoulder an entire film alone. 

She has done many women-centric films like Pink, Thappad and more recently, Haseen Dillruba.

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In an interview with a leading daily, she said, she doesn’t expect anyone’s validation, especially the industry insiders, but only her audience as she credits them for her success.

“I've never seen being an outsider as any way lesser than being an insider. Being an insider or an outsider doesn't guarantee success. My audience will make me successful; not being an insider or an outsider.” 

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She added, “So, till now, my films, whichever have worked, is because of the audience, and not because the so-called insiders validated it. No, they didn't. They still don't. It's not like I expect it also, because I have reached here courtesy my audience. They went and bought my movie tickets and made it a hit.”

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Her statement makes sense. If the audience loves the actor and thinks of them worthy of their money, the actor will be offered roles regardless of their filmy or non-filmy background. 

Interestingly, Taapsee even launched her own production company recently and named it Outsiders Films.

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Kangana Ranaut, who actively dissed and slammed the Bollywood actors and accused them of nepotism post Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, also roped in Taapsee in her Twitter war. She called her a 'B-grade actress' and her sister Rangoli called her a 'sasti copy' of Kangana, while Pannu called the Queen actor irrelevant. 

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Upon being asked about her journey in Bollywood, Taapsee said, “I can't put a calendar date on how long I can be here for. I'm going to be around for as long as I feel it is working. I want to have a graceful exit, whenever that happens.”

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We hope it works for her just as it has till now and she stays much longer than she intends to. After all, she is one of the only few good actors in Bollywood, ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ included.