In a candid conversation about her Tamil release Annabelle Sethupathi, Taapsee Pannu talks about working in South film with Vijay Sethupathi, her upcoming projects including Blurr and Shabaash Mithu.
When did you shoot for Annabelle Sethupathi ?
I shot it after the first lockdown. It was the first film I shot since Covid. I shot for it in September 2020.
What do you play and what’s the film about?
I have a double role. It’s a fantasy comedy based on the idea of reincarnation. My first double role. So, doubly exciting.
What was it like working with the wonder Vijay Sethupathi?
I was also looking forward to working with him. I liked his work and heard good things about him from before. They all turned out to be true. I’m glad we could share screen space.
You started you career in the South. So this is in a way, a homecoming?
I do at least one South film every year. So it’s not new for me. My last South film was the Tamil-Telugu Game Over in 2019.
How do you manage to be so prolific?
I genuinely like my job and have reached a stage where I can pick and choose films I know will get me excited to go to work every morning, rather than doing films just for the sake of staying in the market.
You have just finished shooting your first home production Blurr. What was that like?
[It was] very emotionally taxing to do that film. I am now finishing the last two days of shoot here in Mumbai for the same now. It has been a good experience in all ways. [I] learnt a lot, celebrated a lot. I am finishing Blurr in two days and then on to Shabaash Mithu.
Audiences don’t mind you being so prolific since every film of yours is unique?
Ya, I guess the shift in genres and characters really helps me to keep going. I don’t get bored. Tired yeah sometimes, but never bored.
Do you like your new role as a producer?
I have always liked to own up to the responsibility of my films. Just that now I can rightfully ask for things I would want to be in my films and take calls which as an actor I don’t do because of the of being called intrusive.
How is Shabaash Mithu looking to you?
I had only shot for six days when we stopped shoot on account of the lockdown. Now, getting back will be like a re-start. So [I] have to start afresh since it’s gonna be the director and his new team an in a film.
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