Women characters with multiple dark layers are what draws Tabu to her art because they give her the space to explore the depths of frailty. Speaking about her craft at the Express Adda on Tuesday, Tabu said: \u201cYou didn\u2019t want to play these women and what stood out about these characters was that they were not aspirational. But that\u2019s exactly what drew me to them. I wanted to be those characters. I did not find anything wrong in those women, as I was not judging them, maybe that is why I could portray them and understand the depth of their frailty.\u201d According to Tabu, Indian cinema has always had female-centric characters but it\u2019s only now that women actors have gained the courage to take on layered characters. \u201cI agree that leading ladies are getting to do layered characters. But they (women-centric films) have always been there \u2014 you had a Mother India, Seeta aur Geeta, Chaalbaaz, Raat aur Din. Women have definitely played much more than eye-candies, but now the difference is that leading ladies are much more courageous to take on layered characters. Also, society is changing, we know that women should not have one-dimensional lives or personalities. So, in that way, it\u2019s also fashionable to have layered characters for women,\u201d she said. Having straddled mainstream and new-age cinema with ease over a 25-year career, Tabu said she enjoyed \u201cwearing good clothes and running around in Switzerland\u201d, but also wanted to do roles that would allow her to interpret characters her way. The two-time national award-winner said she didn\u2019t come from a time when working on characters was an intellectual process \u2014 all they focused was on delivering dialogues and emoting well. \u201cActing is such a collaborative job, you can think of something in a certain way, but the director or co-star would have a different view or the set would be different from what you had imagined it,\u201d she said. Asked what she would focus on if she were to turn director, Tabu said, \u201cThe changing value systems, the way we are in relationships, there is a huge shift. and in human consciousness, and it\u2019s always very interesting and sometimes it can be disturbing, reassuring.\u201d In an age when an artist\u2019s relationship with freedom of expression is the subject of debate, Tabu said there was no formula for great art. \u201cSometimes it comes out of pain, sometimes it comes out of joy, or out of freedom or love.Creativity and art is such a deep field that there is no formula but whenever we express, whether artists or not, we will always express what we are experiencing,\u201d she said. Asked about the one thing she would want changed in Indian cinema, Tabu said, \u201cThe noise around it is bigger than what is actually happening. I wish we could do away with some of that at least, of course, there has be to noise because we are in a such a profession, but there has to be a balance.\u201d At the Adda, Tabu was in conversation with The Indian Express\u2019 Deputy Editor Seema Chishti. Guests at the event in the past include the Dalai Lama, economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian, filmmaker Karan Johar, Union minister Piyush Goyal, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, writer Amitav Ghosh, journalist and author Mark Tully and cricketer Virat Kohli.