She is one of the most formidable actresses and has managed to enjoy a long run in the film industry, which is often regarded as male dominated. But Tabu said her journey in Bollywood was not a cake walk.
The 44-year-old National Award-winning actress, who started her career in early '80s, always wished things were not so hard for her.
"Bollywood has been a tough journey for me. I wish it was not so hard. Films are just a part of it. There is more you are experiencing, your life is open to public, anybody can say anything about you, those are the things that affected me a lot," Tabu told PTI.
The Haider actress, however, feels her profession shaped her personality.
"This world taught me a lot and influenced the way I became. The love, admiration and support I have received from so many people would not have been possible if I was not in this profession, that's a great side to it," she added. (Also Read: After Fitoor, Tabu Wants to Do an Action Movie)
The career span of a heroine is considered to be smaller than that of heroes but Tabu has managed to stay strong with constant on screen performances. The actress credits her mother and her own desire to survive in the industry in the long run.
"My mother has been my emotional anchor throughout. She has always made it very easy for me. Apart from her, it was my survival instinct that made me stay. I have put in a lot of hard work to shape my career. Probably I am just getting repaid for the contribution and energy I have put in my profession. Plus, I have kept my doors open. If it is a great role I will do it. I will not leave a role because it is of a mother or a sister," she said.