Taapsee Pannu has found herself in the middle of a controversy after she took a dig at director Raghavendra Rao, who launched her in the South film industry. The director has previously launched the likes of Sridevi and Jayasudha.
While the film is slated to release in August, Taapsee Pannu has apparently rubbed the Telugu filmmaker K Raghavendra on the wrong side. In a recently surfaced video on YouTube, Taapsee was asked about her working experience down South.
“In the South, they think I can only pull off glamorous roles. When they saw ‘Pink’ and ‘(Naam) Shabana’, they were like, oh, she can act,” said Taapsee.
During a conversation with members of East India Comedy, Taapsee was asked what kind of image she enjoys in the south Indian film industry. “In the South, they think I can only pull off glamorous roles. When they saw ‘Pink’ and ‘(Naam) Shabana’, they were like, oh, she can even act,” she said.
When the anchor of the show asked Taapsee about South industry’s obsession with navel, the actor said, “If I knew about this in my research before I’d gone to the South I would’ve worked on my navel. I clearly didn’t. They didn’t even start with a scene. They started with a song itself.”
When she was asked as to why the filmmakers down south are so fascinated about navel. “If I knew about this in my research before I’d gone to the South I would’ve worked on my navel. I clearly didn’t. The first day, they started with a song itself. And they are shooting a song which is the obsession over midriff,” she said.
“The director who launched me is known to have the Midas touch in terms of launching actresses. He has launched Sridevi, Jayasudha at that point.So it was his 105th movie with me,” she recalled.
“I saw Sridevi’s and others’ videos. Everyone had flowers and fruits thrown at them. My turn came and I don’t know, maybe I was not prepared as I told you, they threw a coconut at me. I don’t know what is so sensuous about a coconut hitting my midriff,” she added.
Taapse made her acting debut in Telugu in 2010 with Jhummandi Naadam, which was directed by Raghavendra. Earlier, she had written a heartfelt post on social media recalling the unfair treatment she was subjected to in the Indian film industry.
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