Awards don’t mat­ter to Tabu

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While she re­ceived much praise for her act­ing prow­ess in Haider in which she played ac­tor Shahid Kapoor’s mother, Tabu didn’t win a Na­tional Award for it. When we re­cently told her that her co-star Ir­rfan Khan was con­vinced that she should have won the award for the Vishal Bhard­waj di­rec­to­rial, Tabu laughed it off say­ing: “I never thought that I should get an award for it. It didn’t mat­ter to me. Haider was a jour­ney and it was over and done with (af­ter the film re­leased). The ex­pe­ri­ence was far more im­por­tant to me than won­der­ing why I didn’t get an award. I’d have been happy if I got it, but it made no dif­fer­ence that I didn’t get it. She adds, “I ap­pre­ci­ate Ir­rfan for be­ing so open about his feel­ings,” she says.

While many hero­ines shy away from play­ing moth­ers on­screen, this has never both­ered the 43-year-old. “Agar mu­jhe role ac­chha lagta hai, I take it up. For me her (my char­ac­ter’s) mar­i­tal sta­tus or des­ig­na­tion has never mat­tered. Even in Astitva (2000), I was too young to play mother to a grown up son. But it never mat­tered as I saw the char­ac­ter’s jour­ney, and that is what pulled me in the film. Ev­ery­thing else was in­con­se­quen­tial,” Tabu says.

The ac­tor will soon be seen with Ajay Devgn in an up­com­ing film, af­ter a gap of 16 years (They last worked to­gether in Tak­shak). “Ajay is some­one who does not take ev­ery­thing very se­ri­ously, but still knows his job well. That is one of the rea­sons I said yes to the movie,” says Tabu.

PHOTO: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT

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