Tabu is known for portraying unconventional characters on screen. Be it with her role in Andhadhun, Drishyam, De De Pyaar De, Haidar or the recent being A Suitable Boy, Tabu has stood out against all odds and carved a niche a herself in the industry. She has also played the roles that celebrated a woman’s sexuality and her lust on the big screen. But Tabu fails to understand why the portrayal of female lust in movies is considered as wrong or blasphemous.
“I know of the existence of complexities in the realm of the human mind and in relationships, and I don’t know why there has to be any form of denial in portraying that on screen. If you want to show lust where a woman is concerned, or greed for power, I don’t see it as wrong or blasphemous. I don’t understand why we have to wonder… aise kaisa ho sakta hai duniya mein (how can this happen in the world)? Who are we fooling? It is fine to have characters with all the correct moral values, I am a big fan of that, too. At the same time, I don’t see why all these intense emotions and unconventional relationships should not be explored on screen. In fact, I find it interesting and satisfying to delve into such roles. What is so indigestible about it? I don’t shy away from portraying unconventional relationships and characters on screen,” Tabu told TOI in an interview.
In A Suitable Boy, Tabu played the role of a courtesan. She was paired with a much younger Ishaan Khatter in the Mira Nair limited series. The show is a screen adaptation of the Vikram Seth classic of the same name. Set in India of 1951, the series traces the journey of Lata, a passionate literature student, and her meddling mother who wishes to choose her husband. The story takes the audience on a journey with Lata as she explores the excitement of romance and heartache, as three different men try to win her heart.
The show also features Tanya Maniktala, Rasika Dugal, Mahira Kakkar, Ram Kapoor, Gagan Dev Riar, Vivek Gomber, Vivaan Shah, Shahana Goswami, Mikhail Sen, Namit Das, Randeep Hooda, Ranvir Shorey, Vijay Varma, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Vinay Pathak and Vijay Raaz.
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