“I did not want to do things the way they are usually done in Hindi cinema," that is the mantra Tabu says she has followed all throughout her career. While 80s and 90s era of Bollywood was dominated by action and romantic-comedy films, the 2000s saw a mix of everything from off-beat cinema to commercial masala entertainers, but Tabu said she never followed the rule book.
In the 90s she was seen playing a Punjabi woman caught in the rise of Sikh insurgency in 'Maachis', a prostitute in 'Jeet', a family-oriented woman in 'Hum Saath Saath Hai' and a suicide bomber in 'Hu Tu Tu'. In 2000s, she played a bar dancer in 'Chandni Bar', a negative part in 'Maqbool', mother to Shahid Kapoor in 'Haider' and a cop in 'Drishyam'.
"I did not want to do things just because everyone else was doing it in the film industry. If I am comfortable doing work in a certain way, then I will do it my way with conviction. I want to act, perform in my own way. I had the conviction that my way will work. I followed my own self and individuality so much that it automatically made me a game changer or set me apart from others. I did not think it was necessary to do things the way others are doing it," Tabu said.
The actor insisted she has never tried to prove a point and is glad that she could show her calibre through her work. She said she has followed her own style irrespective of whether somebody liked it or not.
"You can like somebody, but you can't be somebody, you can only be you. I was not following any reference point or that 'I want to be like him or her or replace or be like anyone,' I never had that thing in me. I wanted to do my work in my own way and I was focused about it. I was not interested in being anybody or following anybody," Tabu stated.