Women Of The Year 2019: The Critics’ Choice Taapsee Pannu
Take a look at Taapsee Pannu’s filmography and you’ll begin to wonder why we don’t talk about her more often. Pannu worked as a software professional and then went to pursue a career in modelling and acting. She starred in numerous films down South — her Tamil film Aadukalam won six National Film Awards. In 2015, she made her debut in Bollywood with Baby, which was praised by critics and the masses alike.
After that, she starred in the critically-acclaimed movie Pink, the comedy Judwaa 2, and went on to deliver devastatingly-good performances in Mulk and Badla. Her turn as Kritika Aggarwal in Mission Mangal was fresh and now, she’s delivered yet another blockbuster hit with Saand Ki Aankh. Saand Ki Aankh continues to dominate the box office despite the entry of Ayushmann Khurrana’s Bala.
This year, she also played the role of Swapna in the psychological thriller film called Game Over. Written by Ashwin Saravanan and Kaavya Ramkumar and directed by the former, the story focuses on the life of a wheelchairbound woman who has to participate in a bizarre real-life game and defend herself against a mysterious serial killer.
The film earned rave reviews from critics with NDTV’s Saibal Chatterjee praising Pannu’s masterful execution of her role. Film critic Raja Sen gave the film two and a half stars out of five but found ‘Pannu strong in a hysterically distraught role’. Rajeev Masand trashed the film but had this to say: “barring its leading lady’s impressive performance, it’s simply hit and miss”. Pannu is clearly a critics favourite and with her recent box office successes, she’s proved that she’s an actress that B-town just can’t afford to ignore anymore.