Tabassum Fatima Hashmi, better known as ‘Tabu’ is an Indian actress whose distinguished acting prowess has garnered immense critical acclaim. Besides Bollywood, she has worked in English, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Bengali films. Tabu was the recipient of Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in 2011 for her outstanding contribution in the Indian cinema.
Age and Height
Tabu is 48 years old and stands 5 feet 8 inches.
Tabu is rumoured to have dated director-producer Sajid Nadiadwala, actor Sanjay Kapoor and Telegu superstar Nagarjuna in course of her career.
Tabu was born to Jamal Hashmi and Rizwana in a Hyderabadi Muslim family. Her parents divorced soon after her birth. Her mother used to be a teacher and her maternal grandparents were eminent scholars. She is an alumnus of St. Anns High School in Hyderabad. Tabu relocated to Mumbai in 1983 and studied at St. Xavier's College.
She is the niece of thespians Tanvi Azmi, Shabana Azmi, and Baba Azmi. Actress Farah Naaz is her elder sister. She speaks fluently Telugu, Urdu, Hindi and English.
Tabu forayed into Bollywood playing the role of Dev Anand’s daughter in the film Nau Jawan at the age of fourteen, which was released in 1985. Her first big break was in the Telegu film Coolie No. 1 co-starring Venkatesh. Tabu got the limelight with her performance in the 1994 film Vijaypath opposite Ajay Devgn, which also earned her the Filmfare Award in the category of Best Female Debut.
The year 1996 proved to be phenomenal for Tabu as a rising star as she had back to back eight releases with Saajan Chale Sasural and Jeet being blockbusters and were among the highest grossers of the year. Maachis was a very significant project in the trajectory of her acting career, for it was a critically acclaimed movie set in the backdrop of the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Her first National Film Award for Best Actress was for the role of a Punjabi women.
She starred opposite Nagarjuna in the Telugu blockbuster Ninne Pelladata that won the National Film Award for the Best Feature Film in Telugu. The Malayalam historical drama Kalapani directed by Priyadarshan featured Tabu among an ensemble cast of critically acclaimed actors like Mohan Lal, Ganesan and Amrish Puri among many others. Her role in the film was immensely appreciated and established her one of the strong contenders in the South Indian cinema.
Tabu's first release of 1997 was Border, which centred around Battle of Longewala during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Alongside a minor role in J.P Dutta’s war movie Border, she donned a major role in Virasat for which she won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. The subtle reticence of her role as the focussed middle-class woman Anuradha Panikar in the blockbuster comedy Hera Pheri released in 2000 and gained the appreciation of the film critics. She garnered unanimous applause for her pathbreaking performance as a bar dancer in the critically acclaimed Chandni Bar directed by Madhur Bhandarkar.
In 2003, Tabu starred in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Maqbool as Nimmi, which was adapted from Macbeth. Premiered at the prestigious 2003 Toronto International Film Festival, the film met with enormous acclaim. Tabu's performance was commendable, and she stands out in the antagonist’s role.
Tabu starred in her maiden Hollywood venture The Namesake, directed by Mira Nair in 2007. The film did exceedingly well overseas. She also played a 34-year-old woman who falls for a septuagenarian played by Amitabh Bachchan in Cheeni Kum. Despite the towering presence of the veteran actor, Tabu retains her grace and dignity throughout the film. Tabu’s second overseas role was in Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee.
Vishal Bharadwaj again roped her for the film Haider, another adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to play the role of the protagonist’s mother, Ghazala Meer. She teamed up with Ajay Devgan for her next venture after a hiatus of sixteen years in Nishikant Kamat's murder-mystery film Drishyam where she donned the role of a mercenary lady cop IG Meera Deshmukh investigating the disappearance of her son. She then starred in the film Fitoor, which is based on Great Expectations along with Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor where she played the role of Begum Hazrat, which is inspired from Miss Havisham. In 2017 Tabu has roped in for the multi-starrer Golmaal Again where she appears as a ghostbuster and entertains the audiences to the hilt. Her next movie Bharat is slated for release in 2019.
Tabu has won the prestigious National Film Award for Best Actress, for her role in Maachis and Chandni Bar in 1997 and 2000 respectively. She has won the Critics Award Best Performance thrice, for the films Virasat, Astitva and Cheeni Kum. She also bagged the Filmfare Best Actress South for her role in Kadhal Desam and Ninne Pelladutha in the year 1996.
In 1998, Tabu was booked under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and the IPC for poaching two blackbucks in Kankani during the filming of Hum Saath Saath Hain along with co-stars Sonali Bendre, Salman Khan, Neelam Kothari and Saif Ali Khan. However, she was acquitted on 5th April 2018.
Quite unlikely for Tabu who primarily essays serious roles, her all-time favourite is Amol Palekar starrer classic comedy Golmaal (1974).
Tabu is a fitness freak and a yoga enthusiast.
|Famous Role||Veerandra 'Veeran' in Maachis|
|Height (In Cm)||172|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Date of Birth||1970-11-4|
|Home Town||Not known|
|Birth Place||Hyderabad, India|
|Sun Sign||Not known|
|College||St. Xavier's College, Mumbai|
|Education Qualification||Graduate in Electronics|