Hard to imagine “Astitva” without Tabu

Vastavam web: It is hard to imagine “Maqbool” or “Astitva” without Tabu, but the actor says many producers advised her against doing independent films as she already had a thriving career in commercial cinema.The actor says she decided to ignore the advice as such films gave her a chance to emotionally express herself as an artiste.”The perception was that when you don’t get success in commercial films, you move towards independent cinema but that was not the case with me,” the actor told.

The 46-year-old actor says Manjrekar first came to her with a role in the gangster flick “Vaastav” but she declined it as she thought the role was not meaty enough.”I wanted to do something nice and different. Within a few months he (Manjrekar) came with ‘Astitva’ and was hopeful that I would not say no to it.”
Tabu believes not many actors get such a chance to play a character like Aditi Pandit, a woman who decides to walk out on her husband after he questions her on her brief affair while dismissing his own extra-marital transgressions.”I don’t know if we can be judgemental about what is right and wrong… I have never felt it was wrong to do such a role. I was trying to understand the emotions of this character.”

The actor says there are dfferent layers in every relationship, and feels the topic of sexuality and desires is relevant even today.Interestingly, her character in “Maqbool”, the second film listed out as a favourite, also has sexual undertones.In the film, based on William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth”, Tabu played lady Macbeth’s part, who uses her charm to get her lover, a notorious underworld don, killed by Maqbool (Irrfan Khan).They later collaborated for “Haider”, once again an adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous plays,”Hamlet”. She was brilliant as Ghazala.

“Drishyam” is one of her most recent releases but the film is close to her heart because it gave her a chance to play both a mother and a tough cop, Meera Deshmukh.Calling it as one of the most difficult characters she has played in recent times, Tabu says, “I had a tough time balancing both the shades. The beauty lies in the writing of this film.”