Tabu's Biography

Name: Tabu

Birthdate: 4th of November, 1971

Zodiac: Scorpio

Marital Status:  Unmarried


In the year 2009, Tabu featured on the cover of Vogue India’s January issue.


1) Tabu won the Filmfare Best Female Debutant award in 1995 for Farouq Siddiqui’s ‘Vijaypath’ (1994).

2) In 1998, 2000,2001 and 2007, she grabbed the Critics’ Awards in the Best Actress category for the films, ‘Virasaat’, ‘Hu Tu Tu’, ‘Astitva’ and ‘Cheeni Kum’ respectively.

3) During 1996, Tabu received the Filmfare Best Actress Award (Tamil) for the Kathir directed ‘Kadhal Desam’.

4) The very same year, she also got the Filmfare Best Actress Award (Telugu) for ‘Ninne Pelladata’ (1996), directed by Krishna Vamsi.

5) In the year 1997, Tabu was given the National Film Award in the Best Actress category for her film, ‘Maachis’, directed by Gulzar.

6) In 2001, she won the Star Screen Best Actress Award for Mahesh Manjrekar’s ‘Astitva’.

7) Five years later in 2002, Tabu again won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in Madhur Bhandarkar’s 2001 film titled ‘Chandni Bar’.

8) Later in 2007, Tabu was awarded with the Star Screen Best Actress Award (Critics’) for her performance in ‘Cheeni Kum’, directed by Gauri Shinde.

9) In 2001 and 2002, she won the Zee Cine Best Actor- Female Awards for ‘Astitva’ and ‘Chandni Bar’ respectively.

10) Tabu had also won the IIFA Best Actress Award for the film, ‘Chandni Bar’, in the year 2002.

11) She had also been presented with the Bollywood Movie Award- Critics’ Award Female, in 2001 for the film, ‘Astitva’.

12) Both in 1997 as well as in 2002, Tabu received the prestigious Bengali Film Journalists’ Association Awards in the Best Actress (in Hindi films) category for ‘Maachis’ and ‘Chandni Bar’ respectively.

Biography: Tabassum Hashmi popularly known as Tabu was born on the 4th of November, 1971 in the city of Hyderbad. He was born to Rizwana and Jamal Hashmi. Her mother was a teacher in some school and both her maternal grandfather and grandmother were former proffessors who ran a school. Mohammad Ahsan, her grandfather was a Mathematics professor while her grandmother used to be an English Literature professor. Tabu did her schooling from the St. Ann’s High School situated in Hyderbad. In the year 1983, she shifted to Mumbai and she studied at the prstigious St. Xavier’s College Mumbai for a period of two years.

Tabu is the neice of the renowned Shabana Azmi and Farah Naaz is her elder sister.

She began her illustrious career by making a small appearance in the 1980 film, ‘Bazaar’. When she was 14 years of age, she even played a small role in the 1985 film titled ‘Hum Naujawan’. In this movie, she played the role of Dev Anad’s daughter.

Tabu’s very first film as an actress was ‘Coolie No. 1’, the Telegu film. Here she shared the screen space with Venkatesh. In the year 1987, two huge movies were launced by Boney Kapoor: ‘Prem’ and ‘Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja’. ‘Pehla PehlaP yar’ was Tabu’s first Hindi flick. Her performance in this film went unnoticed. Later on she came into the limelight with Farouq Siddiqui’s ‘Vijaypath’, starring Ajay Devgn, Taboo, Danny Denzongpa, Reema Lagoo and Gulshan Grover. Tabu received a Filmfare Best Femal Debut Award for her spectacular performance in this movie.

In the year 1996, Tabu released eight movies, out of which Raj Kanwar’s ‘Jeet’ and David Dhawan’s ‘Saajan Chale Sasural’ were big hits and both these movies became two of the top five movies of the year. ‘Maachis’ was another important film for her that year, as she won the National Film Best Actress Award for her performance in this film. She also received considerable amount of success in the Southern movie industry in India. Her performance in the Priyadarshan directed ‘Kalapani’ was very much appreciated by the audience as well as the film community. Her first film in Kollywood was Kathir’s 1996 Tamil flick titled ‘Kadhal Desam’, starring Abbas, Vineet, Tabu, Vadivelu, Chinni Jayanth, Srividya, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam.

In the year 1997, Tabu starred in J. P. Dutta’s anti-war film titled ‘Border’, starring Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Raakhee, Jackie Shroff, Tabu, Pooja Bhatt, Puneet Issar and Kulbhushan Kharbhanda. This movie was based on the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. Although the role which she played was small, this movie went on to become the biggest hit of the year. That very year, she also made her appearance in the Priyadarshan directed ‘Virasat’. This film was successful at the box office and she won the Filmfare Critics’ Award for her stupendous performance in the film.Tabu released two films in 1999:Sooraj R. Barjatya’s ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain: We Stand United’ and David Dhawan’s ‘Biwi No. 1’. Both of these films went on to become two of the top films that year.

Next year in 2000, she starred in Mahesh Manjrekar’s ‘Astitva’ as well as in Priyadarshan’s comedy flick ‘Phir Hera Pheri’. She received lots of appreciation for her performances in these two films. The same year she also made her appearance in Rajiv Menon’s ‘Kandukondain Kandukondain’, the Priyadarshan directed ‘Snegithiye’ and the Malayalam film, ‘Cover Story’, directed by G. S. Vijayan.

In the year 2001, she played the role of Mumtaz in Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Chandni Bar’. This film which depicted the rasping life of the Mumbai underworld including gun-crime, prostitution and dance bars was the main force behind Tabu’s success in the industry. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in this film.

In 2003, Tabu starred in Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Maqbool’ which was based on Shakespeare’s famous play, ‘Macbeth’. Tabu played the character of Nimmi, a role based on the character of Lady Macbeth. This film which was premiered at the Toronto 2003 International Film Festival was a failure at the box office but it got lots of critical acclaim.

Next up, she did a small role in the Kajol and Aamir Khan starrer ‘Fanaa’ (2006), directed by Kunal Kohli. Next year she starred in Mira Nair’s ‘The Namesake’ which was Tabu’s first Hollywood movie. This movie was a huge success in the overseas market.

In the year 2010, Tabu played the lead role in Kedar Shinde’s romantic comedy titled ‘Toh Baat Pakki!’.This film marked Tabu’s comeback in the Bollywood film industry after a period of 3 years. This film failed to create much of an impact at the box office. She followed this up with K. C. Bokadia’s ‘Khuda Kasam’ and ‘Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai’, directed by Ravi Chopra. ‘Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai’ was shelved indefinitely owing to copyright issues. She made her comeback into the Malayalam film industry by appearing in a single song in Santosh Sivan’s ‘Urumi’. This song which was named ‘Aaranne Aaranne’  and had Tabu along with Prithviraj Sukumaran and Prabhu Deva became one of the biggest hits of the year.

The year 2012 saw her playing the role of the mother of Pi in Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’. This was Tabu’s second Holywood flick after ‘The Namesake’.

One of her upcoming projects include the Bejoy Nambiar directed ‘David’, which is a bilingual (Tamil and Hindi) film starring Tabu herself, Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, IshaSharvani, VinayVirmani and Lara Dutta. Apart from ‘David’, Tabu has also enrolled herself in Prakash Raj’sproject titled ‘Un Samayal Arayil’ (Tamil).

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