Taapsee has joined hands with Anurag in multiple films, in which the latter has worked in different capacities — Manmarziyaan (director and producer), Game Over (presenter) and Saand Ki Aankh (producer). On the other hand, Anubhav directed her in Mulk and the recently released Thappad. While the actress has a thriller coming up with Anurag, she’s confident that Anubhav will soon collaborate with her, too.
Taapsee tells BT, “Anurag and Anubhav sir know me beyond the actor that I am and that’s why we could find projects to collaborate on more than once. I am a huge fan of Anubhav sir’s writing and Anurag is someone who I feel can make anything look believable on screen. He knows how to make things work in any circumstance. Both of them have many common qualities as well, so I actually feel comfortable around them. I can chat with them about anything under the sun. So, don’t be surprised if you see me collaborating with them multiple times in the future as well. The thriller I am working on with Anurag will be the first of its kind. I am sure Anubhav sir and I will also find another project to collaborate on, soon. As of now, he is busy prepping for the project with Ayushmann Khurrana.”
Over the years, the actress has been cautious with her selection of projects. Whether it’s her films in the recent past or her slate of upcoming ventures, the actress has always attracted roles that don’t fit the existing moulds. Rashmi Rocket, Loop Lapeta, Shabaash Mithu, Haseen Dilruba, Jana Gana Mana and an upcoming thriller with Anurag — her kitty is full of diametrically different projects. When asked if she fears being stereotyped as an actress who may not fit the bill of a quintessential heroine, Taapsee said, “That’s one stereotype I am actually okay with. Today’s audience wants something new and fresh. Old formulas barely work. We get bored too soon. I think it’s the same reason that led me to choose all different and unique characters. I love experimenting in my life and that reflects in my choice of films and characters. I have always maintained that when I entered the film industry, I did not know how to act because this was a career I chose out of experimentation in my life and not because I always wanted to be an actor. Had I always dreamt of it, I would’ve worked on my plan and on a route to come here and then, made different choices at different stages. But I don’t regret anything. I made mistakes, learnt from them and never repeated them! That has been key to my success, I feel. I still follow the same formula. I have learnt how to act and how to choose films while I was on set experiencing every day like a new day in a school where you know you have come to learn something new. I still have that approach.”