Can’t re­late with ev­ery char­ac­ter you play, says Tabu

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The cast and crew of And­had­hun didn’t ex­pect it to get such a huge re­sponse but ac­tor Tabu is de­lighted that the film re­ceived a unan­i­mously pos­i­tive feed­back and it is be­ing ac­knowl­edged in ev­ery depart­ment. “What­ever we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing is purely the merit of the film,” says Tabu about And­had­hun be­com­ing the sur­prise hit of the year.

So, did any re­mark­able com­pli­ment come her way? “Hate to sound pompous, there have been many. My neigh­bour told me that she is never go­ing in an el­e­va­tor with me alone (laughs). Peo­ple are still watch­ing the film. Over­all, the im­pact has been amaz­ing. It’s also one of the most hard-core char­ac­ters I’ve played,” says the ac­tor.

The past two years have been good for Tabu ow­ing to the suc­cess of Gol­maal Again (2017) and now And­had­hun. How­ever, she says one can’t al­ways con­sider box-of­fice con­se­quences while sign­ing a film. “You never know what can hap­pen to a film. If it be­comes a hit, then you do much more work. Noth­ing suc­ceeds like suc­cess. Who does not like it? You en­joy the best of what suc­cess is giv­ing you. But it is al­ways go­ing to be a re­sult of what you’ve done. It’s not go­ing to come in iso­la­tion,” she says.

Con­sid­er­ing her choices and roles in films such as Astitva (2000), Cheeni Kum (2007) and Haider (2014), ask if she has al­ways stayed ahead of her times and Tabu says, “Maybe it’s some­thing in me, that my char­ac­ters (on screen) have had some pro­gres­sive streak. They were think­ing dif­fer­ently, lib­er­ated and had a mind of their own. They have al­ways called out to me. And I al­ways like to look ahead. I grav­i­tate to­wards ex­pe­ri­ences that would help me grow, whether it is learn­ing a lan­guage, play­ing a cer­tain char­ac­ter or work­ing with some­one in par­tic­u­lar.”

So did she ever have a set of don’ts? The Fi­toor (2016) ac­tor says, “Mo­ral­ity ko leke, I should be the last per­son to speak. Right from killing my mother, cheat­ing, mur­der­ing some­one — sab kuch lar liya, on screen. Moral com­pass tod diya (laughs). Again, it de­pends on the dayra of a story. Un­less some­thing is re­ally un­nec­es­sary, I won’t do it. On a se­ri­ous note, you can’t re­late with ev­ery char­ac­ter that way. But in the world such kinds of char­ac­ters ex­ist, that’s why they are writ­ten. If you find some­thing too out­landish, you dis­cuss it. But when I played a sui­cide bomber or a beer bar dancer – it’s far from the reg­u­lar re­al­ity. There are many fac­tors. I can’t break down (the process) in words.”

As for re­unit­ing on screen with Ajay Dev­gan in De De Pyaar De, she says, “I hope we main­tain the sta­tus quo of be­ing a suc­cess­ful com­bi­na­tion. It’s an in­ter­est­ing film. Again, a char­ac­ter I would to­tally and eas­ily re­late to. She has a strong per­son­al­ity and a mind of her own.”

Mo­ral­ity ko leke, I should be the last per­son to speak. Right from killing my mother, cheat­ing, mur­der­ing some­one — sab kuch lar liya, on screen.


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