Happy with her “successful life” and “achievements”, Tabu takes pride in saying that as a Bollywood actor she deftly balanced mainstream and art movies but admits “missing” being a part of masala movies. She says that she would like to do a “comedy” and won’t mind teaming up with David Dhawan.
The actor, who will turn 41 next month, described her over two-decade journey in showbiz as satisfactory. “A lot has been achieved. I believe my life is a success story. I am fortunate enough to have achieved everything. I never thought I would be an actor; so, each and every achievement looks big to me. It’s been a long journey,” she said.
If she entertained Hindi-speaking fans with Hera Pheri and Biwi No 1, she had a grip over Telugu audiences with potboilers like Ninne Pelladatha and Coolie No 1 as well.
When asked what kept her away from masala films, she said she didn’t want to be stereotypes.
“Once you do such films, people start thinking: ‘Let’s just cast her in the same kind of films’. They will say: ‘She looks good in this kind of role, so take her in this film’. So once it works for you, it will be used as a formula by people. I can’t keep doing that. I have to do something from which I get something,” Tabu said.
After being part of critically acclaimed films like Chandni Bar and Namesake, she now wants to work with David Dhawan who is known for his fun light-hearted films.
“Of course, there is an aspiration to work with interesting people and established people. I want to work with David Dhawan. I would love to do comedy,” she added.
She will next be seen in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, releasing November 23 and is also currently working in Bijoy Nambiar’s David.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 4th, 2012.