This morning, many were surprised with the inclusion of Tabu in Golmaal 4 cast, that currently has Ajay Devgn, Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Kemmu and Shreyas Talpade. The Golmaal franchise is one of most loved comedy franchises in Bollywood, with all the three movies making huge money at the box office. Ajay Devgn, Tusshar Kapoor, and Arshad Warsi had been the mainstays of the franchise, making permanent fixtures in each of the movies along with director Rohit Shetty. The heroines have of course been shuffled – Rimii Sen was the object of affection in the first. The second Golmaal movie had four heroines in Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amrita Arora, Celina Jaitley and Anjana Sukhani. Kareena Kapoor Khan returned for the third movie to be the sole heroine as well as the part of the boys’ gang. However in the fourth, she has two replacements in Parineeti Chopra and now Tabu.
Now many may wonder why Tabu, the National award winning actress (twice) as well as part of couple of international projects like The Namesake and Life of Pi is known for her dead serious roles in movies like Maachis, Astitva, Chandni Bar, Hu Tu Tu. But people tend to forget that she is considered the best in her field, because she has attempted various genres including comedy and horror. While we talk about Maachis and Chandni Bar, we tend to forget she has also done a Sajan Chale Sasural and Hera Pheri.
Here are five movies that prove Tabu is not an offbeat choice as a casting in Golmaal 4.
Saajan Chale Sasural
There is a reason why David Dhawan considers Tabu as one of his favourite heroines – he believes she has amazing comic timing. Sparks of the same were seen in this Govinda’s infidelity comedy, that also starred Karisma Kapur. Though Govinda and Karisma were nearly regular fixtures in David Dhawan movies once upon a time, Tabu managed to hold her own against these two comedy heavyweights.
Tabu reprised Meena’s role from the original Tamil flick Avvai Shanmugi where Kamal Haasan played the Indian Mrs Doubtfire. Though it was Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Amrish Puri, Nasser and of course Mr Haasan who took away most of the laughs, Tabu give a glimpse of her comic talent in the climactic portions of the movie.
Tabu might have a small, supporting role in this ensemble comedy, featuring the likes of Salman Khan, Karisma Kapur, Anil Kapoor, Sushmita Sen and Saif Ali Khan. But in whatever little she has to do in her role as Anil Kapoor’s Sardarni wife, she get to elicit a few chuckles out of us, again in the final portions of the movie.
She might be the serious element in Priyadarshan’s cult classic comedy that gave us Baburao Ganpatrao Apte. But Tabu did get to show off her comic brilliance in the initial portions of Hera Pheri, when her and Suneil Shetty’s characters engage in a game of one-upmanship to get their coveted job, before romance takes over.
Cheeni Kum may not be an outright comedy per se, but the unusual romcom has a few moments of sweet comic brilliance especially between Tabu and Amitabh Bachchan.
We wish Tabu and the Golmaal 4 team all the very best!