Actress Tabu, whose roles in
in films like Maachis, Chandni Bar, Maqbool, Cheeni
Kum have been widely appreciated, feels proud of charting her
course in Bollywood on her own.
"I am proud that we (my sister Farah also an actress and
me) had no support system here. We were in new industry, had
no guidance but we made it all on our own. I am happy and
content with my work and career," the actress said in an
"We came from different background...It is a big
achievement for me," she said.
Tabu, who is anxiously awaiting November 21 release of
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee's film Life of Pi, says she
chose to be fastidious now as "acting experience" matters most
"There is hunger to have good experiences with people.
There will be roles and all of that. But the package of
experience has today become important for me. People should be
good, established; the filmmaking and acting experience should
become heartening," the 40-year-old said, adding she
consciously chose her films in a way that she gets good
experience and not just great roles.
On Life of Pi Tabu said she always wanted to be part
of the Ang Lee crew.
"I had attraction to work with Ang Lee. I wanted to
work with him. It was a great chance. He has done great
entertaining, relevant films. He has made beautiful films. I
knew this will be sensible, entertaining and good looking film
and I wanted to be part of it," she said.
"I found a friend in Ang. He has made me feel part of
his family," she added.
Life Of Pi is a 3D adventure film based on the novel
of the same name by Canadian writer Yann Martel.
The film is the tale of a teenage boy called Piscine
Molitor Patel known as Pi, who is forced to survive on a
lifeboat with a tiger after the ship he was travelling in
sinks. Tabu is playing the role of Pi's mother.
"It is true that my role is not throughout the film.
The film is essentially about the boy. He loses the family
half way but the significance of my character is a lot more in
the life of the boy. I know Ang Lee as a director will not
give me something that is not worth. I know that," Tabu said.
It is for the third time that the versatile actress
will be teaming up with Irrfan Khan on silver screen. This
time she plays his mother in the film and Irrfan plays the
adult version of Pi while the younger Pi is played by
Delhi-based Suraj Sharma.
"We did Ghaath film but we did not have any scenes
together. Then we did Maqbool together. Our pairing was
good. Then we came together in The Namesake. Irrfan tries to
do something different every time, he tries to approach scenes
and roles differently," Tabu said.
"He comes from different school of cinema. It is
interesting to work with him, he talks about world cinema and
it is nice to talk to him. He is on a journey that is good,"