Tabu in Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo – Why Did the Talented Actress Do Such a Small Role?
What was Tabu doing in Allu Arjun’s one-man show and that too in a minuscule role?
The one baffling puzzle that follows us out of the hugely entertaining Telugu release Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is - what is the super-talented beautiful Tabu doing playing Allu Arjun’s mother in this out-and-out masala film?
Allu is 36 to Tabu’s 48. And it’s not as though the role is great either. Jayaram who plays Tabu’s husband has a much more substantial role than Tabu. She barely has a playing-time of 10-15 minutes and only one important sequence.
What a disappointing return to Telugu cinema after 11 years! So what made her do it? According to sources it was the money. “Allu Arvind the film’s producer, was keen to have Tabu on board. They offered her more than what she usually gets paid in Hindi films,” whispers the source.
However to see her in such a minuscule role comes as a shock to her fans (yours truly included). A close friend of Tabu in Bollywood defends her decision to be a part of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo. “She did it out of goodwill for the Allu family. Being from Hyderabad, she has close ties with the Telugu film industry. Even in Hindi cinema she has done small roles in the Salman starrers Jai Ho and Bharat because of her closeness to Salman Khan and his family. Also, even if she did Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo for the money what’s wrong with it? Why is she expected to survive on praise just because she’s a brilliant actress?”
Whatever be the reason for her reason to do this Telugu film, it remains to be seen how 2020 pans out for her. In 2019, she had a hit in De De Pyaar De with Ajay Devgn. But her next film Jawani Jaaneman with Saif Ali Khan seem to be following the same formula. Will it click?