Uncredited as a child artiste in a song from I982 classic BAZAAR, Tabu's recent marvelous illustrations on screen in HAIDER (Ghazala Meer – Gertrude), TALVAR (Reema Kumar) and DRISHYAM (Meera Deshmukh) has reconfirmed her reputation as one of India's finest actresses – intensity redefined.
In her 34 year old career, Tabu has six Filmfare Awards and a Padma Shri recognition by the Government of India.
Gearing up for her next challenge in FITOOR (starring Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur) as elder Begum Hazrat (Indian version of the eccentric Miss Havisham from Charles Dickens acclaimed novel Great Expectations on which the film is based), Tabu readily sits down to express her desires, beliefs and much more..
Here are some excerpts:
What makes you the first choice whenever a character demands intensity?
Am lucky to being considered for such roles which have a dimension, significance, importance in the story. I have built a reputation as such.. so whenever some intensity, seriousness or something eccentric gets involved in the characters, I get a call.
How do you feel sitting gracefully in this zone?
It's a compliment and yes it brings in more responsibility. People have expectations, so I try to be as honest and sincere as I can. I believe that a pious work gets noticed.
For majority of Bollywood actress, Rekha remains an idol. You have already stepped in her shoes by bagging this role of Begum. Any other Rekha's famous characters which you would have loved to play?
It's a dream for any actress to get a chance to portray the unforgettable characters Rekha has played. She is a legend and has a terrific body of work. Me stepping into her shoes is far stretched..please leave her alone.. she had her reasons for not doing the film..
While playing Ghazala Meer – Gertrude in HAIDER, the brilliance and expertise of Vishal Bhardwaj must have helped in giving a better shape and what came out was exceptional. What nuances does a relatively new and lesser experienced director like Abhishek Kapoor can give to an accomplished actress like you? Did it required an extra effort from your side for the role of Begum Hazrat?
Abhishek had a clear picture in his mind on how Begum Hazrat will look like. He has sketched out minute details like her jewelry, color of hair, costumes, props etc. Abhishek is working on this for quite some time. I came much later. He had already done his home work, how will Begum speak, her characteristics etc. Of course an actor brings his/her influence and gives his own presence. Whatever I got from Abhishek, I have tried to give my presence to it.
'My character of Begum Hazrat based on Miss Havisham from Great Expectations comes with interesting additions'
The most striking feature of your character Miss Havisham in the novel, is that she never removed her wedding dress.. but it was not seen in the trailer?
Yeah it's not there. Cinematically, we wanted to give a much richer look and feel to her so changes were made.
Have you read the novel
No I haven't. I don't know how much similar the film is to the novel but my character comes with interesting additions..
You are called a recluse. How you take that in your personal life?
I don't have anything interesting in my personal life to share about. Whenever there is something interesting happening, I will share, and in any case looking at the way things are going nowadays, nothing is hidden.
You have a knack for comedy which surprisingly hasn't being explored. What you have to say?
Yeah I have that quality to entertain. It has being a long time I have done any light hearted roles in entertainers like CHACHI 420, HERA PHERI, BIWI NO 1. There's intensity all around for quite some time. But definitely will enjoy doing it again. Am waiting for the call.
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