Taapsee Pannu says she was surprised at the criticism the first look poster of Saand Ki Aankh received as she and her co-star Bhumi Pednekar had an amazing time taking on the characters which required them to be “double” their age.Also Read - Akshay Kumar’s Mother Dies: Rohit Shetty, Bhumi Pednekar, Riteish Deshmukh, Others Attend Aruna Bhatia’s Last Rites
The film chronicles the story of world’s oldest sharpshooters Chandro and Prakashi Tomar and features Taapsee and Bhumi in the lead. Also Read - Taapsee Pannu’s Wedding Plans: Sister Shagun Reveals ‘Recce Has Been Done, Seen Lot of Locations’
The poster was criticised for casting two young actors to portray 60-year-olds and not women closer to the age of the sharpshooters. Also Read - Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol Reunite For Rajkumar Hirani Film, Vidya Balan-Taapsee Pannu Also Part Of The Film?
Taapsee, however, looks at the debate from another point of view.
“I was pretty surprised and laughed at it thinking, no one questioned me when I played a college girl at 30. Nobody questions when these big actors portray college characters being triple the age. At that time nothing happens,” Taapsee told PTI.
The Badla star says people should appreciate her and Bhumi for choosing to portray older characters at the prime of their careers.
“It’s so strange that two actresses, at the prime of their careers, decided to look more than double their age, where today an actress always wants to look younger and younger. We decided to look double the age. Instead of appreciating it, people are finding issues with it.”
The actor says she later got to know from her producer that senior actors were also approached for the role “but they felt it’s too offbeat a film”.
“It might not be mainstream enough for them to do, so they didn’t do it. For me, it was a kickass story and I wanted to do it. I really want to see the same people questioning me when I am going to portray a college girl soon. I’m far away from college now. Then let’s see the trolling,” she adds.
Taapsee will be next seen in Ashwin Saravanan’s Game Over. The Hindi version of the home-invasion psychological thriller will release on June 14.