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Sunayana Suresh (BOMBAY TIMES; October 15, 2012)
Ileana D’Cruz, the Barfi! heroine, seems to now have her eyes set on a full-fledged career in Bollywood. She hasn’t signed a Telugu or Tamil film for over a year and the Goan girl seems to be sending out a message loud and clear — her priorities now lie in the city of her birth, Mumbai. Come November and Ileana will start shooting for Phata Poster Nikla Hero opposite Shahid Kapoor.
While some south Indian filmmakers are crying foul over the actor’s changed priorities, especially since they believe she owes it to the south for helping shape her career thus far, this trend isn’t new. There have been other heroines who began their careers in the south, but didn’t look back after tasting success in Mumbai. Asin has had a stray release or two in the south after shifting to Mumbai; Kajal Aggarwal, another Mumbai girl, who’s currently working on her second Hindi film after Singham, hasn’t signed up for any new south project. A Tamil director explains, “It boils down to greater visibility and success. And Bollywood is a dream that they wouldn’t give up so easily. They consider south films a ladder.”
Tamannaah and Taapsee are also poised to make their B-town debuts with Himmatwala and Chashme Buddoor, respectively. One hears that there is a change in their priorities already.
Bina Trivedi (BOMBAY TIMES; April 5, 2011)
Come August, David Dhawan, best known for his comedy films, will remake one of India’s most-loved funny films ever, the 1981-Sai Paranjpe film Chashme Baddoor.
David’s version of this lovable rom-com will be set in contemporary India, but the director was extra particular about one thing — the lead girl had to be special. Says David, “After months of searching for the right face and attitude, I found my ideal Chashme Baddoor girl in Taapsee. She has got the fresh innocent quality that was needed for this film.”
So who’s Taapsee? The former winner of Femina Miss Fresh Face and several other beauty pageants, she has played the lead in South films, Jhummandi Naadam and Aadukalam, both of which got her noticed.
What drew David to this fair, tall, attractive Leo girl is the right mix of innocence and mischievousness on her face. Says the filmmaker, “I always seek perfection. I have a gut feeling that my film is the right launch vehicle for her. Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, the studio that’s producing the film, is also confident of my choice. We are still in pre-production, but my producers are so confident about the girl that they have already signed her for two more films.” Chashme Baddoor should release early 2012.