- The post was shared on the Humans of Bombay Facebook page
- In it Taapsee Pannu identifies herself as the 'hero' of her story
- The post has won a lot of love on Facebook
In the post, shared some 21 hours before writing this, Taapsee describes how she was offered her first film. "I got into modelling during my college days, just to make some extra pocket money. I had scored 88% in my CAT exams and was enroute to pursuing my MBA when I got an offer for a film - it happened as organically as that," she says on Facebook.
It was then that her tough journey in the film industry began. "Three of the films I worked in didn't work and I got the label of 'iron leg' - I was 'rumoured' to bring bad luck to films. Mind you, all of these films had huge male co-stars and directors, but the failure of movies was blamed upon my bad luck," she says. "Thereafter, I've been asked to reduce my pay, I've been thrown out of films because the producer was having financial issues," she adds.
And while all this happened before her standout performance in Pink, the actor says she still has to deal with the stigma from those earlier films.
"Actors have refused to work with me in Bollywood, because I'm not an 'A list actress'. Producers have finalised me, locked my dates and then randomly backed out at the last minute because they got a bigger name. Expecting equal pay is far off, even the basic amount is something I have to fight for- but I'm not complaining," she says.
For Taapsee, it's her love for acting and her art that keeps her going. And there's no room for self-pity in her life because she enjoys being both strong and independent. She even shares an anecdote to prove her point further.
"Just a few weeks ago, I was going to a keertan in Delhi where in the middle of the crowd I felt a guy trying to poke me from behind. I didn't even turn to look at him, I grabbed his finger and twisted it so hard that he winced in pain," she says.
It is because of all this and more that Taapsee identifies herself as the 'hero' of her story.
"Truth is, I'm less heroine and more the 'hero' in my story and for some that's a bitter pill to swallow, but then that's tough...because I'm not going anywhere," she says.
The post has won a lot of love on Facebook, with over 34,000 reactions and more than 1,400 shares so far. Read the post in its entirety below:
Taapsee Pannu will next be seen in Naam Shabana, a prequel to to Neeraj Pandey's Baby.