The “Cheeni Kum” actress Tabu , who worked with Bhardwaj again in “Haider”, says an actor looks at himself the way a director visualises him.

“Vishal sees in me something which not everybody else is able to. Just to get that from a director that ‘Oh my God he is visualising me like this’, it makes your work different.

You look at yourself the way a director looks at you. That gives you the basis for your performance,” she said.

Tabu will be seen next in Abhishek Kapoor’s “Fitoor”, releasing on February 12. The film, which stars Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur, is based on Charles Dickens’ novel “Great Expectations”.


The actress has been part of several book adaptations, from “Maqbool” and “Haider” – based on William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and “Hamlet” respectively, to “Life of Pi” (based on a book of the same name by Yann Martel) and “The Namesake”, based on a novel by Jhumpa Lahiri.

“I don’t know why all book adaptations come to me. I must become the poster girl for adaptations of books,” she said.

When asked if it is easier to play a character based on a book, Tabu says, “I didn’t know anything about the characters till the scripts came to me. I haven’t read those books.

“Because I have not made my own thing about them, I go by the script and whatever brief my director or writer gives me about the character,” she added.

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