Amitabh Bachchan is more fun to work with than Abhishek Bachchan, says Taapsee Pannu

After the much-lauded Pink, the fascinating Taapsee Pannu is back with the mighty Bachchan in Badla. If the trailer of this Sujoy Ghosh thriller is anything to go by, then the unconventional Bachchan-Taapsee combo has another winner on hand. Taapsee is thrilled to bits to be back with Big B, “When we did Pink together I was of course in awe of him. I had to quickly get rid of the awe on camera to work like co-stars. I don’t think he has ever teamed up with a leading lady my age as his heroine, and we are not paired in any conventional romantic way.”

Taapsee said she hoped and prayed she would get another chance after Pink to be unconventionally paired with Mr Bachchan. “I never thought Badla would give us that opportunity. It again pairs us together in roles that are not usually available to actors his age and my age when working together. I am delighted to say that working a second time as the lead opposite Mr Bachchan has been as rewarding as unique and as intriguing as the first time.”

In Badla Taapsee plays a woman whose mind is hard to mine. “You never know what she’s thinking. Everyone in the film holds back information, not telling the entire truth. My character is no exception.”

Tapsee says Mr Bachchan made the second project greatly rewarding for her. “I was definitely more relaxed this time during Badla. During Pink I gradually discovered how much fun Mr Bachchan was. This time I was ready from beforehand to be a friend rather than an awestruck co-star. We didn’t have to get to know each other.”

Interestingly Taapsee has worked with both father and son Bachchan. “Yes, isn’t that something! I did Manmarziyan with Abhishek and then Badla with Mr Bachchan. Shall I tell you something? I found Mr Bachchan to be more fun to work with than Abhishek.”

Taapsee is confident about her unique career choices. “I always knew the path I wanted to follow was not the conventional. Now that I have succeeded in forging my own destiny I am more confident of my choices.”

Not that Taapsee is averse to mainstream experiences. “I did Judwaa 2. Didn’t I? And I had a lot of fun doing that as well. Come to think of it, from Mr Amitabh Bachchan to Varun Dhawan, that’s quite a range of leading men for me.”

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