Taapsee Pannu next will be seen in Mulk, which also stars Rishi Kapoor in the lead role.
Taking over the reins from Pink (2016) co-star Amitabh Bachchan to play a lawyer in the courtroom drama, Mulk, Taapsee Pannu is also imbibing the actor's mannerisms to play her part convincingly.
A novice when pitted against the veteran, Pannu says Bachchan became her reference point for her role, which sees her seeking justice for a client she believes is being framed owing to his religion.
"On celluloid, Bachchan sir's character in Pink, his portrayal of a stern and convincing lawyer was the best point of reference for me," says Pannu of her part as Aarti Mohammed in Anubhav Sinha's Mulk.
"Since I have worked with him in the film, I have learned how he executed the role. While we are diverse as actors, and the situation my character is in, is different, there were nuances that I picked up from watching him personally." Of the elements she found herself admiring the most are his demeanour and voice modulation. "Sir's sternness is something I observed closely. He could build the aura that the character needed."