Tabu: Working In New Normal Is Strange As There Is No Presence Of The Virus In Our Stories

Actor Tabu, who has been a part of the film industry for more than three decades, finds the current disconnect between the film role and the real world quite strange amid the ongoing pandemic.

“In the new normal, there is a sense (of something strange). The regular Covid testing and protocols have become like some extra things to keep in mind every time we step onto a step. But the fun, as well as the strange thing, is that there is no presence (mention) of the virus in the storyline of the films that we do,” observes Tabu.

The 50-year-old lady who finished Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and is currently filming Khufiya in the capital continues: “The characters, at least of the projects that I am doing, don’t have anything to do with the pandemic, or what has happened (in the world) after the virus crisis. For instance, in the case of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, we first started shooting for the film before the pandemic, and the story is also set in the pre-pandemic era.”

The Andhadhun (2018) actor adds that when you are on a film, it’s very easy to forget about the outside world.

The National Film Award-winning actor, who marked her digital presence last year with Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy is now working on her next web project Khufiya, which reunites her with Maqbool (2004) filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj.

The actor, whose real name is Tabassum Fatima Hashmi, talks about the OTT boom: “A lot has changed when it comes to the language of entertainment or the way we consume material. It has gone through a big change in India, in the past one year, especially during the pandemic. It has suddenly become bigger, not just in terms of the business, but for actors as well as the number of technicians that are being engaged. It is a very good thing.”

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