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Was rejected as I didn’t fit ‘pretty’ image, reveals Tannishtha


She is known for her work in the off-beat film circuit but Tannishtha Chatterjee says she was offered mainly independent movies as Bollywood “rejected” her for not fitting into a conventional image.

The actress has featured in films like “Angry Indian Goddesses”, “Parched”, “Unindian” and British film “Brick Lane”.

Tannishtha says she has never shied away from commercial cinema but she moved to independent films when Bollywood shut its door on her.

“I don’t come from a film family so when I first entered films, I was auditioning for roles which were mostly in the international space because those were the casting directors who were calling me,” she said.

“Bollywood rejected me, because I probably didn’t fit into the pretty image that they had for heroines. So, it was not my conscious decision. It is how my career took off and slowly I started making decision on the basis of the scripts that came to me,” the actress added.

The 35-year-old actress was speaking at the 47th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI). She was part of a panel discussion on ‘Changing Discourse around Women and Commerce in Cinema’ presented by Vandan Malick.

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