Acclaimed actress Tabu says she enjoys essaying strong women characters on screen but she doesn’t want to limit herself in the formula of “women-oriented” movie.
She feels taking the responsibility of a whole film could affect her creative mind. So, she is cautious with her choice at this point of her career.
As ‘women-oriented’ films are changing the narrative of new age Indian cinema, why has she not appeared in such films in recent times? Tabu said: “Now, taking a decision on films is not that black and white like earlier.
“In the beginning of my career, I have done many films where the tag of ‘women-oriented’ film was not there… I chose the films because the character was substantial.
“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.”
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.
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.
“Then, my characters in Maqbool, Haider or The Namesake... Those were so larger than life that they shook your equilibrium.”
But Tabu insists she is fun loving and always keen to explore the genre of comedy films. After her latest Golmaal Again, she will be seen in Luv Ranjan’s upcoming rom-com alongside Ajay Devgn.
Asked about 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.”