Her debut in the popcorn romance Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, might have been a box-office success, but it was Tulip Joshi’s award-winning performance as Kalki, a woman suffering the evils of female infanticide in Manish Jha’s ‘Matrubhoomi’ that won her critical acclaim. Even today, Tulip Joshi considers that film a milestone. But does she expect such roles coming her way in the near future? “I certainly hope so,” she avers.
Her recent performances, have become more unconventional. Was it a conscious decision to gravitate towards playing more outof-the-box characters? “Not at all. It is the script that matters most to me. If I find it reasonable, I would do the role. In fact, I play glam roles in most of my forthcoming films,” she says.
That brings one to her most recent performance, that of a Kashmiri suicide bomber, in the just released Dhokha. She says, “I am content with the feedback that I have received. The project was an eye-opener for me. I learnt about suicide bombers and the ways in which they operate.” Did this thought cause any kind of revulsion throughout filming? “As actors, we are supposed to treat each role that comes our way professionally. Emotions concerned with the role must be detached and left at home,” says Tulip. Her forthcoming projects include Shunya with Kay Kay Menon, Hostel with Vatsal Sheth, Sanjay Gupta’s Dus Kahaniyan and an untitled project. And now for a secret. Tulip also has a Gujarat connection. She has a Gujarati father and a Lebanese mother. What most people do not know is that Tulip loves reading and even writes short stories and novellas. Is it a future career option? “Not at the moment. As for the future, I don’t know,” she smiles.