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Ahead Of 'Looop Lapeta', Here's How A '7-Minute Role' Sky-Rocketed Taapsee Pannu's Career



Before making it big in Hindi films, Taapsee Pannu was a popular actress in Tamil and Telugu cinema. She made her Hindi film debut with the 2013 hit Chashme Baddoor and went on to reach new heights in her career. 

Nowadays, she is often addressed as female Akshay Kumar due to her success rate as well as the number of films she churns out in a year. 

However, did you know it was an Akshay Kumar starrer that turned things around for her and sky-rocketed her career? 

The film was Neeraj Pandey’s 2015 espionage thriller Baby where Taapsee had a special appearance playing a spy.

Such was the impact of her small role that a separate spin-off based on her character titled Naam Shabana was later made in 2017. 

Baby Movie © Friday Filmworks

Despite making her Hindi film debut with a successful film in 2013, Taapsee didn’t get many offers and it was her special appearance that gave us the power-packed performer that she is today. 

Just last year, she had three releases in Haseen Dillruba, Annabelle Sethupathi and Rashmi Rocket. And she is about to start her year with the upcoming Looop Lapeta which will stream on an OTT platform. 

Post Baby, most of her successful films had her as the central character, her upcoming film Looop Lapeta is no different. 

Looop Lapeta release © Netflix

Addressing the aspect of playing strong central characters in her films, Taapsee told Indian Express, “I never really wanted it to go like that. I never only wanted to do films where I am leading the cast. That’s why I tried to do films like Mission Mangal in between. I tried to do Soorma also. But it just so happens that I can only choose from what I get. And, for some reason, I am not getting the parts where I am not really the centre of attention. I really don’t understand why.” 

She also talked about how she did Saand Ki Aankh that had Bhumi Pednekar as a parallel lead. She said, “I wanted a film where I could share the screen space with more female protagonists. That’s why I went behind that script to get it. Even now when people come and ask me what kind of stuff I’d like to do, I always talk about how I want to do a film where there are multiple characters at the same level. It is just that, for that purpose, the other actors should also be okay to do that.” 

Saand Ki Aankh Movie © Reliance Entertainment

Further talking about how it was actually a seven-minute role in Baby that turned her career around, Taapsee continued, “I really never wanted this message to go out that I am not okay not playing a central part because I have made a career out of a seven-minute role that really did wonders for me. It is more challenging to make your presence felt if you have a lesser screen space and time. And that’s the kind of challenge that, as an actor, excites me. I am just waiting for someone to give me that part, as it is not about the length of the role but the fact that the character’s presence should be felt. Even if you give me only 1-2 scenes, I know I’ll make the most of it.” 

Some of the notable films of Taapsee’s career include Pink, Mulk, Manmarziyaan, Badla and Thappad, among others. 

As for Looop Lapeta, the film will release on Netflix on February 4. Directed by Aakash Bhatia, it is an official remake of a 1998 German film Run Lola Run.

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