Panaji, Nov 23 : Bollywood actress Taapsse Pannu on Saturday said that Hindi was not a pan-India language and she would not give up acting in South Indian films.
Speaking at media at International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here, she said it would be very stupid move to give up working in regional languages. Tapasi, who has works in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam besides Hindi films, said she never used the regional language films as a stepping stone to secure entry into Bollywood.
“South has taught me what film-making is. It made me an actor. So there is a sense of gratitude that I have. At no point of time, I used it as a stepping stone to get into Bollywood… They (South Indian films) taught me what light is, what camera is. I cannot leave it,” she said.
The actress who has worked in films like Pink, Baby and Naam Shabana, said there were few actors who manage to crossover different sort of films made in regional languages and Hindi.
“I think few actors make that crossover successfully and I don’t want to leave that position. It would be very stupid of me to leave that market. It is perceived that Hindi is a pan-India thing, but I do not think so. I will continue to work in South,” she said.
Earlier, she along with Festival Director Chaitanya Prasad, Vice-Chairman of ESG Subash Phaldesai, CEO, ESG Amit Satija launched screening of three films for those with special needs under the ‘Accessible India-Accessible Films’ section. The section opened with ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ directed by Rajkumar Hirani. First timer at the festival, Taapsee said she was surprised to know such films were made.
“I’ve not seen films that use audio to explain the scenes; so I wanted to surely see how it’s done.”
“I don’t like to use the term ‘visually impaired’, in fact, ‘your other senses are stronger than ours. I’m happy such movies can reach out to you,” she said and in future, she hoped, that her films were converted into audio films as well. (UNI)