Tabu and Irrfan Khan in The Namesake
Tabu credits her 2006 film, The Namesake, for changing her life, personally, as well as professionally. During an interaction at the ninth Jagran Film Festival, the actor, who played Ashima Ganguli in the movie, said that she developed a strong bond with co-star Irrfan Khan while working on the film.
“I travelled to New York to shoot the film, and ensured that no friend or colleague accompanied me. I didn’t even allow my hairstylist to come along. I wanted to experience life on my own. That’s why I feel the movie changed my life,” said Tabu.
In the hour-long conversation about her journey in the movie industry and some of her career’s landmark films, she also talked about ‘Cheeni Kum’, in which she plays a 34-year-old software engineer who falls in love with a 64-year-old chef. Tabu said her role was so close to her real self that it was “Tabu playing Tabu… almost… except that it hasn’t happened in real life”.
“I can so be that person, and I understand her totally, I get her, and that’s why I think I could do that. I was convinced of their romance. Also, of course, you have to give 200 per cent credit to the man (Amitabh Bachchan) who I was romancing, and that’s why it was that much convincing. So it goes to say that if somebody like that, in that space, with that vibe, with that everything, then I am absolutely okay with it. For her (the character), I think the age is not the barrier, it’s what she strikes with that person… So yes, I could be that person,” she said.