By Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
It's confirmed. Mira Nair is all set to push Tabu's name for an Oscar
nomination this year. Says a source close to the project, "Mira is definitely
going to project Tabu as a potential best actress at the Oscars. Though
Irrfan Khan is as good, if not better the focus of Mira's Oscar campaign
for her masterly study of the Indian diaspora is likely to be predominantly
Continues the source, "Irrfan is excellent. But he lacks what the Americans
are looking for in their Oscars recipe. Tabu is exotic, glamorous and
mysterious. This is her first real exposure to the Western audience. And
they're lapping up her utterly –butterly Bengali act, thick accent and all. On
top of that she's also wowing the westerners with her performance in
Will Tabu be the first Indian actor to win an Oscar? "Why not?" says
Mira's creative compatriot Deepa Mehta. "She's amazingly good, on a par
with any of her Western counterparts."
Six years ago Deepa had offered Tabu the lead in her richly lauded Water.
The deal fell apart. A lot of global cineastes feel Mira's Namesake would
do for Tabu what Deepa's Water couldn’t. Tabu herself remains supremely
indifferent to recognition, at home or abroad.