Taapsee Pannu recently bought two houses in Noida. Even though her family stays in the Rohini area in Delhi, she decided to invest in property in Noida because she feels that the future of real estate lies in the city.
But that doesn’t make her any less of a Delhi girl. In a chat with us, the Baby actress spoke about her Delhi connection and how being compared with Preity Zinta doesn’t bother her.
Wanted to invest in an area that was still developing
My father lives in Delhi, and he manages all my finances. I wanted to buy property in an area that was still developing. Delhi is already so developed that the starting price would be quite high and the appreciation rate won’t be as much as one would have in Noida, Greater Noida or Ghaziabad. I bought one house in Noida last year and another one two years back. The installments for both the houses will be getting over soon. But I don’t know when I will be getting to see the houses. I can’t expect to be staying in either of the houses, so I will probably be renting them out. When I had bought them, they were under construction, so I had to wait for the possession.
You can’t possibly expand Delhi any further
I have very close relatives living in Noida, so it’s been quite a long relationship with Noida. In fact, Noida is where the future is for real estate. They have done all they could with Delhi. Whenever we talk of expansion, it has to be about Noida or Ghaziabad or Gurgaon. You can’t possibly expand Delhi anymore.
I am dying to play a Delhi girl on screen
When Bollywood shifts to Delhi, I will shift back to Delhi. I pray for it everyday. I shot for a couple of days for Baby in Delhi but I am waiting to shoot a full-fledged movie here. If the film is shot here, I can come to the shoot from my home and even call my friends over so that they can get a feel of what I actually do. I come to Delhi once in three-four months, but my parents visit me often. That makes up for it. I will be really excited to play a Delhi girl on screen – it will be a different experience
I still travel in the Delhi metro
I still travel in the Delhi Metro like I used to when I was a student. People do look at me and think that they might know me. But by the time they realise who I am, I go out of sight. For them, it’s like, ‘How can a movie actor be here?’ And while they are in disbelief, I move away. I can’t be that reserved a person when I am in Delhi, so I go for street shopping and like to eat out, too.
I take a risk by travelling in the Metro, and if people do recognize me and come and ask me if I am Taapsee, the actress, I just say, ‘No’. I do not overdress, like no glasses or caps. People get more suspicious if you walk around wearing glasses or a cap. So, I just dress casually and walk around, and that’s why they don’t get the feeling of me being a celeb. In fact, I have had people coming to me and saying, ‘We had a feeling you’re Taapsee Pannu. But then we thought, why would she be travelling like that? Delhi might be unsafe, but I can’t not like it
No matter where you are in the world, you can never not like the place where you were born. You can never dislike the place, I feel. When I come to Delhi, I feel a sense of belonging, which I do not feel in any other part of the country. You feel, ‘Yeh toh mera area hai’. I am a typical Delhi girl and I am very proud of that. Every city has some good things and some bad things. But I am what I am because of the upbringing that I got and also because of the city. I would rather look at the positives. I do feel that Delhi is a little more unsafe than some other cities. My family won’t bother to check on me when I am out in Mumbai or somewhere in south India, but they get quite concerned if it gets a little late in the night in Delhi and I don’t reach home. I have also faced situations where my car has been followed by guys and I think every girl has been through such situations. I have had people passing lewd comments while I was walking on the road in Delhi and have been followed by guys too, but nothing major has happened.
I never wanted to look at the price tag before buying something
When I was modelling during my college days, I didn’t do late night shows. My parents were scared that I won’t finish my education, so I was particular about timings. I would finish my work during college hours and return home right after, so they wouldn’t even realize it. That’s why I never did ramp shows – they usually happen in the night. In fact, people think that I am from an Army background because I became independent at such an early age in my life. My idea of becoming self-reliant was not to move out of my house, but to buy clothes and shoes, and to be able to go for movies every Friday. That was the whole concept of earning for myself. It was after I started doing well that I started making big plans, like funding my education or experimenting with my career or helping my sister with her career. I didn’t want to look at the price tag of a thing before buying it. Whenever I used to go to shops as a kid, I always had to see the price tag and my parents would say, ‘No, you can’t buy this because it’s expensive’. But it’s actually happened now in the last couple of years that I don’t see the price tag. I only look at it after I have bought it. That is like a dream come true for me.
I got Chashme baddoor because I look like Preity Zinta
Right from the time I was in school, I have been hearing that I look like Preity Zinta. I think of it as a huge advantage. It was one of the reasons I got Chashme Baddoor – they were looking for a girl who has that kind of a vibe. I have met Preity at premieres but it’s always been limited to ‘Hi’ and ‘Hello’.