Tabassum Fatima Hashmi, more commonly known as Tabu, is an illustrious Indian actress whose talent transcends borders. Born on November 4, 1971, she has made a significant mark in the film industry, primarily in Hindi cinema, while also leaving her imprint on Telugu, Tamil, and English films. Tabu is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished actresses in the realm of Hindi cinema, having portrayed a myriad of characters, particularly troubled women, in a diverse range of movies spanning both mainstream and independent cinema. Her exceptional acting prowess has earned her numerous prestigious awards and accolades, making her a highly respected figure in the Indian film fraternity.
Tabu embarked on her acting journey at a young age, making her debut in Dev Anand’s film, “Hum Naujawan,” in 1985. As she matured in the industry, she landed her first leading role in the Telugu film “Coolie No. 1” in 1991. The year 1994 proved to be a turning point in her career, as she received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her role in the Hindi action drama “Vijaypath.” Tabu’s exceptional talent shone brightly when she won the National Film Award for Best Actress for her compelling portrayal of a young woman affected by the Punjab insurgency in the political thriller “Maachis” in 1996.
Throughout the 1990s, Tabu continued to captivate audiences with her versatile acting skills. She delivered notable performances in films such as “Ninne Pelladata,” “Kadhal Desam,” “Saajan Chale Sasural,” and “Jeet,” all of which were commercial successes. Her career soared to greater heights with impactful roles in movies like “Virasat” (1997), “Hu Tu Tu” (1999), and “Astitva” (2000), for which she received Filmfare Critics Awards. Tabu’s remarkable acting abilities were further highlighted in “Chandni Bar” (2001), a film that earned her a second National Film Award, cementing her status as a powerhouse performer.
Tabu’s foray into international cinema commenced with her roles in “The Namesake” (2006) and “Life of Pi” (2012), showcasing her talent on a global platform. Despite her international ventures, she continued to deliver exceptional performances in the Indian film industry. In 2015, Tabu achieved immense commercial success with the critically acclaimed film “Drishyam.” Subsequently, she left an indelible mark with blockbuster hits like “Golmaal Again” (2017), “Andhadhun” (2018), “De De Pyaar De” (2019), “Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo” (2020), “Drishyam 2” (2022), and “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2” (2022). Her outstanding portrayal in these movies led to her fifth Filmfare Critics Award, solidifying her reputation as a phenomenal actress.
In addition to her commercial successes, Tabu has graced the silver screen in various critically acclaimed films, including “Iruvar” (1997), “Border” (1997), “Biwi No.1” (1999), “Hum Saath-Saath Hain” (1999), “Kandukondain Kandukondain” (2000), and “Hera Pheri” (2000). She received widespread acclaim for her roles in films like “Maqbool” (2004) and “Cheeni Kum” (2007), the latter of which earned her a record fourth Filmfare Critics Award. Her exceptional performance in “Haider” (2014) not only garnered critical acclaim but also earned her the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the world of cinema, Tabu was honored with the Padma Shri in 2011, one of the highest civilian honors in India. Her talent, versatility, and ability to breathe life into diverse characters have established her as a true icon in the film industry. Tabu’s legacy continues to inspire aspiring actors and captivate audiences around the world, making her a timeless star in the cinematic universe.