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Tabu Reveals Her Character In ‘Kuttey’ Was ‘Originally Written For A Male Actor’, Says Shooting For It ‘Felt Like Home’

‘Kuttey’, which also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Arjun Kapoor, Radhika Madan and Kumud Mishra among others, will release on January 13.

Tabu as a cop in 'Kuttey' trailer
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Actress Tabu, who is gearing up for her upcoming black comedy film 'Kuttey', during the trailer launch of the film, revealed that her role was written for a male character. However, director Aasmaan Bhardwaj and his composer-filmmaker father Vishal changed it for her.

Calling how playing the character was both, “challenging and fun,” Tabu said, “The character was very new even for me. Actually this character was originally written for a male actor. Then it was changed. The character was challenging and fun for me.”

Aasmaan, who was also present at the trailer launch, added that he decided to change the part to a woman and cast Tabu. “When I had written it, it was a male part. Baad mein jab mujhe Luv (Ranjan, co-producer) bhaiyaa aur dusro se aaya ki female kyu nahi (later when I got suggestions from everyone including Luv that why not female), I jumped at it. Who wouldn’t want to work with her? I changed it for selfish reasons, so that I get to work with her,” Aasmaan said.

Tabu, who has worked with filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj often, said the ‘Kuttey’ set was like homecoming. “It felt like home because I remember when Aasmaan was born, when Gulzar sahab named him Aasmaan, how on Maqbool’s set he would play with a wooden camera. When I read the script, I felt ye bohot alag kism ki writing hai (this is a new writing). It’s also a part that’s vastly different from anything I’ve done recently,” she said.

“The film is different from a Vishal Bhardwaj film. There’s no comparison between the two, Aasmaan is a different kind of director. Thought and aesthetic matches Vishal’s, but his cinema is different,” Tabu added.

Produced by Luv Ranjan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Ankur Garg and Rekha Bhardwaj, ‘Kuttey’ also stars Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kumud Mishra, Radhika Madan, and Shardul Bhardwaj.

'Kuttey' is scheduled to release on January 13.

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