Bollywood actor Tabu has delivered two of her career defining performances, Maqbool and Namesakee, opposite late actor Irrfan Khan. Tabu believes that she ‘changed a lot’ after working with Irrfan and he is the one who taught her to be true to her characters and herself.
In a new interview, Tabu claimed that what she shared with Irrfan on screen, she cannot share with anyone else. Speaking about the late actor, she told Film Companion: “He influenced me a lot and I changed a lot after working with him. It’s like those people who come into your life and redefine it and make you see things differently. I learned to be completely true to my characters and myself and bring that to my work.”
She added, “I can’t even begin to say what he meant to me, but I can say what I shared with Irrfan on screen, I don’t know if I can and if I shared it with anyone and that is for all to see.”
Irrfan Khan died in 2020 after a long battle with cancer.
Tabu who is currently basking in the success of Anees Bazmee’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, also talked about his other frequent collaborator Ajay Devgn. She completed the shoot of his directorial Bholaa, which marks their ninth project together. Tabu said that Devgn is a “completely different person” when he sits in the director’s chair. From a fun, easy-going person, he transforms into a “super serious” man when he steps onto a film set as a director.
“He (Devgn) gets into a completely different zone when he directs. There is nothing around him. You can walk past him and he will be oblivious and that’s because he enjoys directing so much,” shared Tabu.
She recalled how Ajay Devgn changed from being a funny co-actor on the sets of Drishyam 2 to a serious person who “never smiles” on the sets of Bholaa. “He was everywhere, cracking jokes and taking it easy on the sets of Drishyam 2. The next day, I walk onto the sets of Bholaa and there is an Ajay Devgn who is like a rock. No smile. No laughter. Nothing. He is super serious. Sometimes I thought, ‘Is he the same person who performed with me the other day?’” Tabu shared.
Bholaa is the official Hindi remake of the Tamil hit Kaithi. Written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, the original film revolved around an ex-convict (played by Karthi) who decides to meet his daughter for the first time after being released from prison, but gets caught up in a confrontation between the police and the drug mafia.