Tabu has completed 25 years in the film industry and she still prefers to analyse every opportunity that comes her way carefully. With her last release Andhadhun, the 47-year-old proved that she is still a force to reckon with.

Excerpts from the conversation:

Of late, do you think supporting actors have also started to get their due in the industry?

Yes (extremely happy). For me, that’s the greatest joy though it is not my achievement. I have been saying this for the past two years, that when we talk about pay parity, we also have to consider parity between the lead actors and the supporting cast. Nobody talks about that parity. I think it is only the other actors in a film who make the lead actor shine and make the film what it becomes. It cannot just hinge on the lead actors unless there is a film like that.

But I think this change has happened because our stories have become about people rather than just being about one couple or hero. Now the supporting actors are getting a lot of significant parts to play. So, I am all for giving a lot of importance to every member of the cast.

I am not saying this because it is my film, but I feel the entire cast of Andhadhun was stellar. Everyone was true to their character, even if you take out one character, you will feel something is missing from the film. It’s great to see these good actors getting their space and recognition. Nobody is the hero or heroine of any film now. Also, it’s not restricted to age game that only a 25-year-old can be a heroine or a 26-year-old can only be a hero.

What can we expect from Manju of De De Pyaar De?

She is not a funny character at all. This is a character that I haven’t played before. I think it’s an interesting space and there are nice interesting things she is saying which really ring true for me.

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