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'Doing Namesake was liberating'

At practically every screening of the film The Namesake, director Mira Nair was asked about the actress who plays the beleaguered wife of a professor and mother of a young man whose lifestyle is very different from that of his immigrant parents.

The actress in question? "She is India's Meryl Streep," Nair says of Tabu. "She is an independent minded, great actress who is not worried about not looking glamorous."

Her work in the film has received warm praises from many critics who have seen the film in America. Those who have watched her career soar with films like Maachis and Maqbool felt that she has created a very strong character.

"I took up this film for the pleasure of working in it," says the 35-year-old as she nurses a hot tea at the Carlton Ritz Hotel in New York. "I did not look at it as a career movie and if my performance is appreciated, the credit should also be shared by my director, the writer (Jhumpa Lahiri) who created this complex but engaging character, and my co-artists."

Read on to know more about the actress and the film.

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