Life of Tabu


One of the most talented actors of Hindi cinema who is rarely seen on screen. A Hyderabadi girl who came to Mumbai by chance, only to stay on for over two decades. An actor who disappears into a part, unlike "heroines" who only appear to act. In this interview, Tabu talks about the many contradictions that have shaped her career, working with Ang Lee and how she loves shooting for songs. Excerpts:

Why the long wait to see you on screen?

I don't do it intentionally. There is no strategy or reason behind it. I do the films that I want to do.

Why is the word 'reclusive' still associated with you? Some people think that you live in Hyderabad, and not in Mumbai.

Maybe reclusive is another term that becomes a fad in the industry every four to five years, like 'sexuality', 'grey characters', 'edgy', 'out of the box'. I hope the media comes up with a newer description for me. I'll clarify again that I moved out of Hyderabad in 1986. Hyderabad is my hometown but it's not where I live.

Life of Pi. Ang Lee. Join the dots and tell us how it began.

I got an email from the casting agent that I was the only actress from India who Ang wanted to meet for this part. When I went and met him, he didn't say anything for over an hour. Then a little bashfully, he said, "It's not the central character, are you still okay with doing it?" I was really touched by his honesty. I saw the regard he had for me and I agreed, even though it's a small role but an interesting one. Life of Pi is my way of expressing my admiration for Ang Lee since his Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is my hero film.

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