Tabu who is much younger than Salman Khan will not be cast opposite him in their new film together, Bharat. Priyanka Chopra who is 20 years junior to Salman will play his romantic interest in the film. Tabu is cast in what is known in Bollywood parlance in a ‘character’ role. She won’t do any of the things that heroines traditionally do in Hindi films, like sing romantic songs, dance and do romantic scenes with the hero.
Apparently Tabu had grave misgivings about being cast in a Salman starrer in a role that was not the romantic lead. “Initially Tabu wouldn’t say yes to Bharat. She good naturedly cribbed about never being cast opposite Salman in a romantic role,” says a source. Tabu was first seen with Salman in Sajid Nadiadwala-Raj Kanwar’s Jeet where Karisma Kapoor walked away with leading man. They were again cast together Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Saath Hain, but not opposite one another. Salman was cast with Sonali Bhendre while Tabu was with Mohnish Behl. More recently in Salman’s home production Jai Ho she was cast as his sister.
It is disturbing to note that this powerhouse actress has never been cast opposite any of the three Khan superstars Shah Rukh, Aamir or Salman. Is Tabu too talented to handle?