Tabu and Ayushmann Khurrana are currently promoting their upcoming film Andhadhun in New Delhi. It is not easy to get a nod from Tabu. Known to have a discerning eye for scripts, the actor is self-admittedly choosy about her projects — she will cherrypick the roles that do justice to her craft as an actor. Andhadhun, she said in an interview with mid-day that it was an easy decision to make in that regard. All pictures/Pallav Paliwal
"It was a no-brainer," smiles Tabu, who was looking forward to collaborating with director Sriram Raghavan for the first time on the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer. "For me, the interesting part is to work with different minds. I have seen his body of work and the kind of cinema he represents. I was excited to work with him because of our like-mindedness."
In picture: Tabu poses for the photographers at Andhadhun promotions.
While Ayushmann Khurrana plays a blind pianist in the thriller, Tabu essays a housewife whose husband is found murdered. Far removed from the conventional housewives seen on screen, the character sees her exploring her sensual side. In an industry that is unfortunately quick to dismiss female actors who are past their prime, Tabu has managed to build an air of mystery around her — one that is fuelled further by her reticent nature. Point this out to her and she said, "I don't think about my sensuality too much. It is how the audience perceives it. If you ask me, it is a part of the package. Whatever I do or say is a reflection of what I am."
As Ayushmann Khurrana chronicles his journey of stepping into the world of darkness, the actor recalls how he picked up certain nuances from a visually impaired pianist. "I met a blind pianist named Rahul, who came to Sriram sir's office. I noticed how he approached the piano and marked his centre," says the actor, as he goes on to replicate the gesture mid-air, before us. At home, Khurrana would slip on an eye mask and go about his day.
In picture: Ayushmann Khurrana at a promotional event of Andhadhun in New Delhi.
Ayushmann Khurrana said, "I'd also walk the streets with my team, learn how [the visually impaired] use their stick, and go about daily activities like climbing stairs or making omelettes. We did this for three months. Despite that, for the shoot, the team got a special pair of lenses from London that made me look blind. Those lenses hindered my sight by 80 per cent. Coupled with the black glasses, my vision was affected by 90 per cent. That's how I shot the entire film."
In picutre: Ayushmann and Tabu pose for the photographers.
Ayushmann Khurrana further added that these exercises helped him perfect his act. "Since I was not able to see through the glasses, my body language would change. I'd be more skeptical while walking, which would translate better for the character."
Tabu and co-star Ayushmann Khurrana were promoting their upcoming film Andhadhun in New Delhi. We have pictures
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