Tabu

4 November 1971 | Scorpio

Actress

Tabu

Tabu

Often hailed as one of the most versatile actresses in India, Tabu is a two time recipient of the National Award for her performance in films like Maachis and Chandni Bar.

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Filmography

12 February 2016Fitoor
Begum

2 October 2015Talvar
Ashwin's wife

31 July 2015Drishyam
IG Meera Deshmukh

2 October 2014Haider
Ghazala Meer

24 January 2014Jai Ho
Geeta Agnihotri

1 February 2013David
Frenny

26 May 2006Fanaa
Dr. Malini Tyagi

30 April 2004Main Hoon Na
Spectator at Ram's dance rehearsal

6 October 2000Astitva
Aditi Pandit

31 March 2000Hera Pheri
Anuradha Shivshankar Panikar

13 August 1999Kohram
Insp. Kiran Patekar

13 June 1997Border
Kuldeep's wife

25 October 1996Maachis
Veerandra 'Veeran'

23 August 1996Jeet
Tulsibai

20 December 1995Haqeeqat
Sudha Ravi Malhotra

28 April 1995Prem
Lachi / Sonia Jetley (as Tabbu)

Biography

Often hailed as one of the most versatile actresses in India, Tabu is a two time recipient of the National Award for her performance in films like Maachis and Chandni Bar. Born as Tabassum Fatima Hashmi, to Jamal Hashmi and Rizwana, Tabu is the niece of actress Shabana Azmi and sister of actress Farah Naaz. Her parents separated when she was very young and she was raised by her mother and her maternal grandparents, who were both retired professors and had a school. Tabu stepped into films as a child artiste in Bazaar (1980). Her first role as an actress was the Telugu film Coolie No. 1 (1991). Her first films in Bollywood were Mashooq (1992) and Pehla Pehla Pyaar (1994). However, these films failed to create an impact on the audiences. Tabu made a mark in the industry with the blockbuster Vijaypath (1994), which also earned her a Filmfare award for the best debut. After another string of unsuccessful films, she found success in 1996 with Saajan Chale Sasural and Jeet. Her portrayal of a Punjabi woman caught in the midst of Sikh insurgency in Maachis (1996) earned her the National Award for the best actress. She went on to win the Filmfare Critics’ award for best actress for Virasat (1997). She also starred in commercially successful films like Border (1997), Hu Tu Tu (1999), Biwi No.1 (1999) and Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999). Although Astitva (2000) failed to perform at the box office, her role was highly praised and she impressed the critics. In 2001, she won her second National Award for the best actress for playing a bar dancer in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Chandni Bar (2001). She was also a part of Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaption of Macbeth - Maqbool (2003), which was praised by critics. Some of her other noteworthy films were Fanaa (2006), Cheeni Kum (2007) and Haider (2014). Apart from Hindi films, she has also featured in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali films. She also appeared in a leading role in Mira Nair's American drama The Namesake (2007) and a supporting role in Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012). She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2011. Her portrayal of a strict cop who is on a mission to find her missing son in Ajay Devgn starrer Drishyam (2015) won her widespread critical acclaim. Tabu’s latest projects include a cameo in Talvar (2015) and a role in Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor (2016).

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