- Tabu is known for her strong role in films like Chandni Bar and Haider
- I chose the films because the character was substantial, she says
- Tabu says some of her onscreen characters have had an impact on her
"Now, if producers and directors are coming to me with the formula of 'women-oriented' films, with the idea of putting the responsibility of a film on my shoulder, I do not want to get stuck in there. The focus should be on my work, as in on my performance, not that I sell in this category of film," she added.
Starting her career in 1980 with Bazaar with a small part, Tabu shared screen space with the iconic Dev Anand in Hum Naujawan. She also acted in films like Vijaypath, Maachis, Kalapani, Border, Chandni Bar, Maqbool, The Namesake, Life of Pi, Haider and Fitoor. The actress has bagged six National Awards and received Padma Shri in 2011.
When asked if she ever gets a hangover of her character off the camera, Tabu said: "Well, yes. But the intensity depends on how much that character has impacted your mind. When I play a character, physically and mentally I go through a process. So it is obvious to get impacted."
"But some characters just stay back for long in my system. Like the one from Hu Tu Tu. That character was poles apart of who I am. It was grey and later, it becomes totally dark," said Tabu. "Then, my characters in Maqbool, Haider or The Namesake... Those were so larger than life that they shook your equilibrium," she added.
Of her opinion on the comedy genre not being taken seriously in filmmaking, she said: "Yes, comedy is a genre has been taken with a pinch of salt and it is good. You cannot take every genre of films so seriously. In fact, I think that is what reflects life... We should take life with a pinch of salt, you cannot be serious all the time, you need a break from a drudgery of life at times."
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