Fenil and Bollywood

Tabu is back

Posted on: January 17, 2010

FUN TIME: Vatsal Seth, Tabu and Sharman Joshi

The talented actress will be seen in a Bollywood comedy releasing on Feb 19

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 17, 2010)

It’s time to uncork the bubbly. Two times National Award winning actress Tabu who’s been sorely missed by discerning cineastes, will be back on the silver screen on February 19 in producer Ramesh Taurani’s Toh Baat Pakki. Says Ramesh, “the film is a slice of life comedy in the genre made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee.’’

The first look of the film will unfold across satellite channels today January 17, 2010 and the excitement around the project can be felt. TBP is directed by the very talented Marathi film writer-director Kedar Shinde who has stormed the Marathi box office with Agabai Arrechya, Jatra, Majha Navra Tujhi Baiko and Galgale Nighale.

About his Bollywood debut, Kedar says, `I’m grateful to Ramesh Taurani for giving me Tabu in my very first film. She’s hugely talented; and what’s more—she is a very humble person. I just loved working with her.’’

There you go—whether it is the junta or the director, everyone is singing Tabu’s praises. The actress herself says she only green-lighted this project because her producers-Tips Films categorically told her that if she wasn’t in the film, they would not make it. “It is very flattering for an actor to hear this,’’ says Tabu. She continues, “I agreed to this film because I haven’t done a comedy for a while. And, everything about Toh Baat Pakki felt right. My role and the script are fantastic, like it was in Biwi No.1.” Tabu has also done comic capers like Hera Pheri and Chachi 420, but she says, “While these films were cult classics, my roles were not necessarily funny in both films. However in TBP I’ve got something that I wanted.’’ Kedar, according to her, has made a sensible comedy. “There is nothing outlandish or over-the-top here.’’ She also feels that since Kedar has a stage background he is able to control performances and work-things around like a pro. Of her two co-stars, she feels Sharman Joshi is super-talented, very committed and a fab co-star. Vatsal Sheth is a kid, always up to pranks, but she loved the energy he brought on the sets. So look at Toh Baat Pakki any which way… and it looks poised to be a winner.
meena.iyer@ timesgroup.com

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