Speaking about her win, Taapsee says, “There are a thousand things that go through your mind right from the time you are nominated. Like I said on the stage while receiving my award: see the list of nominees this year was more overwhelming because of the kind of names and performances up there; all of the actresses nominated were leads of women-driven films. It was heartening to see how far we have come from the times when Best Actress nominations consisted of actresses in hero-driven films in which they had only a handful of scenes”. The actress was in the running for the trophy along with Deepika Padukone for ‘Chhapaak’, Vidya Balan for ‘Shakuntala Devi’, Janhvi Kapoor for ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’, and Kangana Ranaut for ‘Panga’.
For the actress, the win was just the cherry on an already generously iced cake. “Since ‘Thappad’s release, I keep receiving ‘awards’ in the form of so many letters, poems, messages, which makes me realise that I have already scored a special place in people’s hearts with my portrayal of Amrita. Some of these heartening reactions came from the industry as well. No award can top that,” Taapsee asserts.
However, taking home the Black Lady is still special for her. “The acknowledgment from jury members, comprising of people I might not even know, tells me that finally the industry is waking up to my presence and validating that I am good. It is an acknowledgment of an actor’s hard work,” she muses, adding, “It’s not just a year, it feels like I have worked hard for this for almost a decade!