Actress Taapsee Pannu has shown women power on the big screen through her strong roles in films like Naam Shabana and Pink. Now, she has been honoured with the Most Powerful Woman of the Year award.

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She was felicitated on Monday night by Savvy Magazine.

Taapsee Pannu happy to be 'most powerful woman of the year
Taapsee Pannu Is The Most Powerful Woman Of The Year

“It’s always nice and overwhelming when you are recognized not only for your craft but for your choices as a person and what you stand for. These awards make a special place in achievements because they help to gain confidence and show that you are on the right track,” she said in a statement.

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Taapsee Pannu says feminism is not about asking for reservation or extra rights to get an edge over the other gender, but about working towards gender equality.

“We should start with equality in education, where you have the right to say something, to stand for something which you believe in. Feminist isn’t someone who is going to ask for a reservation or extra rights or an edge over the other gender… No, that’s not called feminism.

“It’s someone who works towards gender equality.”

Taapsee said she herself is a very proud common woman.

“If there is anything I can, I will do it for a lot of common women.”

When asked about how she has remained a “common woman” after all the fame and fan following, she said: “I would like to thank those people who are from outside the film industry, those who have supported me and brought in me the sense of being a common woman. That is very important because when you are an actor, you can lose the sense of reality.

“You have to be very real, very grounded and very normal and that’s where my family and friends stepped in. I think because of their support, I wasn’t scared to fall… That’s why I kept on taking one risk after the other, that’s my backbone.”

She is now looking forward to the release of Judwaa 2.

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