Tabu opens up about being in the industry for too long, and how she reflects herself in her movies

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Tabu is a strong face of Bollywood. Apart from her acting what makes her the best is that she always keeps herself real. The fact that she doesn’t believe in voicing her opinion and what she thinks through words but her personality reflects in her films.

“I think it’s my temperament. I don’t think it’s necessary for me to voice my opinion. It’s just not me!” Tabu said. She adds, “I have nothing against social media and I appreciate people who can use it to their advantage. But I can’t do that. I love pictures, I am a photograph person.”

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Tabu does not shield way consciously. She is just all about her work and she prefers to be that way.

“What do I talk about myself? What do people want to know about me? If I’m in the mood, I’ll express myself freely. But not always. I’ve been like this since childhood. I started talking to people after I was 19! Now because of my profession, I’ve no options but to connect and I have enjoyed it. I don’t express myself easily,” the actor in conversation with PTI.

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Tabu is so into her work that she cannot imagine her life without cinema. She has shaped herself. According to her, there are people who have a certain image of the actor and she doesn’t like the process of it.

She says, “There has been immense growth and progress in my personality through my work. The people I’ve interacted with, the films I’ve done…the bandwidth increases. That’s the thing of value for me. I don’t know how I would define myself minus my acting. People know me because of my work, my career. Most of the time, actors become an image because they are being consumed like that. But it’s easy for me to remain real.”

Since the starting, since her debut, Tabu has given this industry some of the best films. Films from Viraasat and Hu Tu Tu in the 90s to Maqbool, The Namesake and Cheeni Kum in the 2000s. All of the films have been related to some issue that society is facing. She says, “I look for immersive experiences. I try to find work which engages me. There’s a desire, an aspiration to do good work. If there’s good work, you attract more of it. That keeps you going. It’s like a chain reaction.”

Everyone in the industry thinks that experimenting with many characters will somehow tire an actor but Tabu thinks otherwise. Her say on this is, “I’m habitual now. Of course, some parts of it tire you, physically. But I think when there’s a fantastic film, great character, and a good director, it automatically motivates you. As long as I’m mentally stimulated, I won’t ever get tired.”

According to her, every role has taught her something in life and added some value to it. She says, “The people you meet, the things you do in films, it adds to your experience. I haven’t taken a giant leap with every film. I’ve found myself, tiny steps at a time.”

Published by Kriti Singh on 11 May 2019

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