Long struggle before I play typical Bollywood heroine: Taapsee

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Taapsee Pannu, who is just two films old in the Hindi film industry, feels she needs to show versatility as an actress before becoming the quintessential Bollywood heroine.

Taapsee says she currently wants to concentrate on performance-oriented roles rather than running after the cliche “cute, bubbly” characters, which are anyway dominated by bigger female stars.

“Bollywood already has those quintessential girls who do love stories and play ‘sweet and cute’ kind of roles. There are so many of them who are much bigger names than me, market wise.

“So, I am left with acting-oriented roles. I need to keep acting well to reach a point where I can also do those ‘happy-go-lucky’ roles and feel like a big heroine,” said Taapsee.

“Before that I have to do the struggle of doing variety so that people see that I am a decent actor and I look decent enough to be placed as a typical heroine.”

The 28-year-old actress is happy that the upcoming list of her on-screen outings, including megastar Amitabh Bachchan-starrer “Pink”, will prove her acting credentials thanks to the diversity in characters.