After cementing her place in Bollywood with hard-hitting films such as Pink and Naam Shabana, Taapsee Pannu feels the audience prefers to see her in "serious roles", even though she debuted in Hindi movies with a light-hearted Chashme Baddoor.
The 30-year-old actor says she is waiting to "shift gears" into a massy, commercial cinema with a film like Judwaa 2, in which she starred opposite Varun Dhawan last year.
"I have been busy doing other films, my calender was so full. Also, I think audience have loved me so much in this type (referring to serious) of a role that they are not ok seeing me there. "I am like, let me do it for my breathing space. I don't know if I should feel good or bad about it. But I am still waiting and struggling to get a film like Judwaa 2 again to shift gears," Pannu said.
The actor, who made her cinematic debut in 2010's Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam, said she can afford to take the risks in the South film industry as she has "build a certain rapport with people there".
"I have worked for about eight years in South Indian cinema. I can take that risk over there. I am newer to Hindi cinema.
"The audience here knows me but not as prominently as it is there. The day the audiences know me well here too, and come to watch my films I will do that," she adds.