Chat Tabu on being part of ‘Life of Pi’

First came the still showing the Bengal tiger and Pi Patel on a life boat against silvery white skies and blue waters, followed by the theatrical promo with jaw-dropping footage. To say the least, Ang Lee promised a stunning visual treat. The attention was also on Tabu and Irrfan, whom we last saw together in Mira Nair’s The Namesake .

“Irrfan and I have no scenes together this time,” says Tabu. Ang Lee watched The Namesake and contacted Tabu for the role of Gita Patel, mother of Pi Patel. “What more can I ask for? It felt great that someone of his stature chose me. Ang Lee needn’t have told me anything. I would have agreed anyway,” she says.

This isn’t the first time Tabu is featuring in an adaptation. Maqbool was Vishal Bharadwaj’s interpretation of Macbeth and The Namesake was based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s book of the same name. She didn’t reach out for Yann Martel’s book this time. “I believe in the script given to me and the director’s vision,” she reasons. “It’s a culmination of a good story, script and filmmaking. I am happy to be part of it,” she signs off.


These days I sense a lot of pressure in the way people work. I’ve gone through that stage and don’t

want to do it now.