In the competitive Hindi film industry, actress Tabu says she has never felt jealous. Having faced tough competition by her contemporaries including Karisma Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty, she says each actress had her own space.
"I have never been a jealous person. I have always wanted to do better than myself. During those times, a number of films were being made and all of us (actresses) were doing some many films at any given point of time," Tabu told reporters here.
"I really like Shilpa. I like her as a person. Manisha (Koirala) is a lovely human being and so beautiful. Karisma and I did the maximum number of films together. In fact Babitaji used to say that we are the hit couple. We all had our own space in the industry," she added.
Tabu is a bit of a recluse, and she admits she doesn't like to be seen everywhere.
"I don't like to be everywhere and be seen everywhere. Not that I don't like it, but I don't think a lot that I want to go here and there. I want to do good stuff and I want to do interesting stuff. I want to have fun.
"As far as being media shy is concerned, too much of actor's presence in media is the recent thing. The time I started there was no such concept. I belong from there, we are not in that practice or in that training. So I look at that as an explanation because we are not used to it.
"We used to go for the shooting come back home and once we are done with the dubbing we were through with it. I am going to be what I have been always," added the 40-year-old.
While many actors are diversifying into production, does Tabu have any such plans? "No such plans. Acting is the easy job. People call you - go act, take money and come back home," she said.
Currently, she is gearing up for the release of Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's Life Of Pi, which hits the screens Nov 23. It also features Irrfan Khan and Delhi-based boy Suraj Sharma.