Despite 10 odd South Indian films in her kitty, Taapsee Pannu was off to a slow start in Bollywood. After her debut with David Dhawan‘s film Chashme Baddoor, the actress was seen in a 20-minute role in Akshay Kumar‘s espionage action thriller Baby. Little did anyone imagine that an extended cameo appearance would give birth to India’s very first spin-off movie. Besides, Taapsee had forced herself in Baby she once revealed. Funny how fate works!
Talking about how Naam Shabana happened, Taapsee told a leading entertainment news portal, “Naam Shabana was like a bonus I got after Baby. Earlier, it was never on the cards. I literally forced myself in the film (Baby). I told the casting director to help me meet Neeraj Pandey for an audition and look test. It was at the last moment they got me into the film and it was just a 20-minute role. My character was noticed and due to the response it got, Neeraj Sir started thinking, and that is how he wrote a new film,” said the Badla actress.
The same was affirmed by Akshay at a press conference in 2017. In Baby, it was Taapsee who had a short role, but the tables turned in Naam Shabana. Akshay was seen in a brief appearance in the latter as Taapsee alone carried the film on her shoulders. “Taapsee did a tremendous job in Pink. I saw her doing the fights in ‘Baby’ and the kind of action she did, I have seen no female do it with so much perfection. It was very inspiring for me to see her. A lot of inspiration for Naam Shabana came from the way Taapsee performed in Baby,” Akshay had told the media during a press conference in 2017.
Taapsee further revealed to the portal as to how her role in Pink had nothing to do with Naam Shabana landing in her lap. “After a month or two of Baby’s release I got a call that they were scripting a film on the girl’s life and two days after the release of Pink, I was shooting for Naam Shabana,” says Tapsee, further adding, “It was not because of Pink (Shoojit was the creative producer) that I bagged Naam Shabana. Neeraj and Shoojit’s films were going parallel, both independent of each other. I got Naam Shabana because of Baby and I got Pink because of Runningshaadi,” informed Taapsee.
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