I am yet to find out the definition of being an ‘A-lister’

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Actor Taapsee Pannu, who has made her mark with films like “Pink”, “Naam Shabana” and “Judwaa 2”, says she is yet to crack the code of being an “A-lister” in the Hindi film industry. The year 2017 has not been great for Bollywood, but Taapsee’s “Naam Shabana” can be counted as one of the highest grossing female-centric films, and “Judwaa 2” has also raked in the moolah. Yet, Taapsee wonders why she isn’t counted among the “top”. “I am yet to find out the definition of being an ‘A-lister’. What does that mean? See, as an actor, I am happy that people are offering me good roles and I am earning success critically and commercially. “But it bothers me when a designer says, ‘No, Taapsee can’t be my muse or the show stopper, I want an ‘A-lister’ female actor for this collection. “It happened with the brand endorsements as well. So, I am saying that I am ready to give the entrance exam of entering the club of the ‘A-listers’, but can someone please tell me the formula… Maybe awards? I do not know.” Taapsee transitioned from the south Indian film industry to the Hindi movie world. She made her debut in Bollywood with “Chashme Baddoor” in 2013, and landed roles in films like “Baby”, “Running Shaadi”, “The Ghazi Attack”, “Pink”, “Naam Shabana” and “Judwaa 2”. She does not fear failure. Remembering her early days in the Telugu film industry, Taapsee said, “You know, it is funny now, but in the beginning of my career, some of the films failed at the box office and filmmakers stopped casting me saying I am bringing bad luck to their film. “The funny thing is that in those films, my contribution was nothing but three songs and five scenes. I have seen so much failure in the south that I know that we cannot control our success rate. It’s not about our desire to perform in a great story. At the end of it, box office result matters. And the weird thing is that we do not know the formula of that.” She says she has been “really lucky” to have worked in commercial potboilers as well as content-driven films. “But I think it is the responsibility of an actor to find the balance because the film industry is ready to give you a tag in no time,” she said.

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