Taapsee Pannu: I use cinema as medium to express my opinion
"Conflict started when we all grew up seeing a certain hatred is also growing, that we read in newspaper, see among few groups of people... Of course, such issues should be addressed and as an actress, all I can do, is use cinema as a medium to express my opinion.
"Since I am an actress and not a social activist, cinema is the best medium for me to state my views. I cannot talk about issues randomly, so I would rather use acting as a tool to reach out to more and more people," she added.
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Taapsee is known for films like "Pink", "Naam Shabana" and the short fillm "Nitishastra", which have dealt with issues like moral policing on girls, rape and gender inequality.
Being a Sikh girl who has grown up in an environment of communal harmony, Taapsee said: "I was taught how to pray while visiting Gurdwara, who are the Gurus we have in Sikhism and every other basic things that a Sikh girl should know.
"However, I was also told that as a human, I am free to celebrate other festivals and mingle with people from other religions. So, I have no conflict in mind to celebrate Christmas, Holi or Eid."
Taapsee believes the negativity is over-served in current times where social media and news channels are in the rush to grab eyeballs.
Citing an example, she said: "When the Maratha Kranti Morcha started, I was getting calls from my father who lives in Delhi. Since he watched the news channel, he panicked that maybe a violent protest broke out in the whole of Mumbai city. I tried hard to make him understand that this part of the city is fine and I am okay.
"Such things happen with all of us if we are constantly watching something negative about something. I think when the ratings competition between TV channels will go away and the mass audience will get to watch a balanced view on our society, I think many misconceptions will go away."
In "Mulk", Taapsee plays a lawyer. The film is releasing on August 3.
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