She’s a critically acclaimed actor who is also a huge success at the box office. Tabu, who has had two big hits in the last two years, Drishyam (2015) and Haider (2014), talks to us about the pressures she faces, her notion of success and work she wants to stay away from.
When you are associated with a film, there seems to be a certain level of quality which is expected from the film. Does this put any pressure on you?
There is subliminal expectation from yourself as you know that people are expecting something of quality. You don’t want to let them down. But more than that, I also don’t want to let myself down. I am conscious that I want to do quality work and I make sure that my performance in a film is to the best of my ability.
We hear of so many instances of actors and filmmakers returning money to a production house in case their film flops. Your thoughts...
Mujhe itna paisa koi deta nai hai ki main return karoon ... Aur na meri wajah se picture flop hoti hai. So I am not the right person to answer this.
Before the release of your latest film, which also stars Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor, there were many speculations that your performance would clearly overshadow theirs. How do you react to this?
That’s not true. It’s not fair. Everyone has got difficult parts and has done them brilliantly. It was a short association, but it was fantastic.
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At this point of time, what is the kind of work that you want to stay away from?
I don’t want to do a character that is inconsequential to a story. That is the only thing which will have me stay away from a film.
What does success mean to you?
I think I am in a good position. Internally I am clear about my choices. When you feel in a position of power to lead your life, I feel that is success.