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My struggle started after my first film: Taapsee Pannu

Actress Taapsee Pannu, who is currently riding high on the success of her third Bollywood venture “Pink”, says she faced a struggle after her first film released.

Taapsee, who made her acting debut with the 2010 Telugu film “Jhummandi Naadam”, made a swift transition to Bollywood in 2013 with the film “Chashme Baddoor”.

Asked if she faced a struggle to find good work in Bollywood, Taapsee told: “In Bollywood, no, I didn’t really try to find good work at all. I have been lucky that way that the offers or opportunities fell on my lap to begin with. My struggles actually started after my first film, to keep up with the kind of response I got after the first film.”

The 29-year-old actress said “just to choose the right film” was a struggle for her.

The “Baby” actress considers herself lucky for not going through the hardships other “good actors go through”.

“Probably I have been really lucky that I didn’t really have to go through that a lot of good actors go through in the early stage of their career,” she said.

On the acting front, Taapsee will soon be seen in the upcoming film “Naam Shabana” and “Ghazi”.

She speaks about her extra efforts on her upcoming project

As she is learning the nuances of martial arts for filmmaker Neeraj Pandey’s new production “Naam Shabana”.

She last worked with Pandey in the 2015 film “Baby”, which saw her doing some stunts. But with “Naam Shabana”, she will be taking her action scenes to a new level.

Taapsee is learning mixed martial arts and a bit of Japanese martial art Aikido, apart from self-defence system Krav Maga for the movie.

A fitness freak, she is loving every bit of being trained in these forms as she finds it thrilling.

“Continuing with Krav Maga, I have also started training in basics of Aikido and MMA. It’s getting tougher and harder from what I did for ‘Baby’. It has been a month of training and I train for one and half to two hours every day, barring the days I am shooting for 12 hours,” Taapsee said in a statement.

She also said that “all these three forms have been chosen for a specific reason and when you will see the film, you will realise why.”

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