Tabu plays Nimmi, who is inspired by Lady Macbeth. She has a dangerously playful quality to her — she is seductive and obsessive, vulnerable and shrewd.
In Haider, Tabu is Ghazala who is modelled on Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother.Tabu finds that perfect balance between maternal and romantic love. It leaves us uncomfortable, but there’s no trace of vulgarity.
Drishyam is another example of Tabu playing a mother but defying the stereotype even though she is as adoring and loyal as filmi mothers are meant to be.Tabu is compelling as a proud woman and a mother whose love turns to grief.
In Andhadhun, Tabu delivered one of the best performances of her career. The unadulterated fear and frustration, the restlessness, rage and cunning, all come through. There is sternness even in her vulnerability.
Tabu has a double role as she plays the sisters Anjulika and Manjulika. Tabu’s performance as these two women, oscillating between two ends of the morality spectrum, is a joy to watch and she plays her own nemesis with ease.