EXCLUSIVE: Vishal Bhardwaj recalls meeting Mohanlal on film set in Kerala: ‘I never thought that he will be…’

Vishal Bhardwaj, who recently had an Exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, recalled meeting Malayalam superstar Mohanlal on a film set in Kerala, a few years back. Here's what he said...

Updated on Sep 28, 2023   |  08:25 AM IST  |  213.5K
Mohanlal, Vishal Bhardwaj
Mohanlal, Vishal Bhardwaj (Image credits: Instagram, Pinkvilla YouTube)
Key Highlight
  • Vishal Bhardwaj recently spoke about working with Tabu, in an Exclusive chat with Pinkvilla
  • The filmmaker stated that Tabu has a different side to her personality, just like Mohanlal
  • Vishal Bhardwaj then recalled meeting Mohanlal on a film set in Kerala, few years back

Vishal Bhardwaj, the multi-faceted talent who is best known for the stellar films and soulful music he has made, is now set to return to screens with the upcoming spy thriller Khufiya. The much-awaited project, which is slated to be released on Netflix, marks Bhardwaj's reunion with one of his frequent collaborators, Tabu. 

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The celebrated actor-director duo, who is currently busy promoting Khufiya, recently spoke to Pinkvilla in an Exclusive interview. Vishal Bhardwaj extensively spoke about working with Tabu in some of his notable films in the chat. Interestingly, he also narrated an interesting incident that happened when he met the Malayalam superstar Mohanlal on a film set in Kerala. 

Vishal Bhardwaj recalls meeting Mohanlal on a film set in Kerala

In his chat with Pinkvilla, Vishal Bhardwaj revealed why Tabu never got stereotyped as an actress and stated that it is all about the choices one makes. "Tabu, I think is a very very evolved person," stated the filmmaker, who revealed the unknown side of the supremely talented actress, who writes poetry when she is not working.

Interestingly, Vishal Bhardwaj also revealed that the Malayalam superstar Mohanlal is also such a person, who makes some very interesting choices. "Once I went to meet Mr. Mohanlal in Kerala for some part I wanted him to play. So, he said 'I'm shooting. Come and spend time with me on set'. I went on the set and spent a whole day with him," recalled the Maqbool director.


"The people who came to meet him - there was a musicologist who came to meet him. Then there was a mathematician. I asked him about this after the pack-up. I never though he will be sitting with a mathematician. He said lovely things: 'You know we (actors) live in our own world, and to evolve, to think beyond who we are I keep this kind of company'. After the pack-up, we had a drink with that musicologist, and Mohanlal was asking him: 'What do you think about Aamir Khan saab'. And he was giving his point of view," narrated Vishal Bhardwaj. 

About Khufiya

The upcoming Vishal Bhardwaj directorial, which is touted to be an out-and-out espionage thriller, is based on Amar Bhushan's novel Escape To Nowhere. Tabu is playing the role of Krishna Mehra, a RAW official in the movie, which features a stellar star cast including Ali Fazal, Wamiqa Gabbi, Ashish Vidyarthi, Atul Kulkarni, Navnindra Behil, and others in pivotal roles. Khufiya will hit the screens on October 4, 2023.

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About The Author

Hopelessly in love with Indian cinema, Akhila Menon grew up watching Malayalam and Tamil films, and those are


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