Well known for choosing films that garner critical acclaim
rather than films that set the box office ringing, veteran actress Tabu
celebrates her birthday today. On this occasion, BollyCurry takes a look at her journey so far.
Tabu was born on 4th November 1971 to Jamal
Hashmi and school teacher, Rizwana in Kolkata, West Bengal. Tabu completed her
high school education at St. Ann's High School in Hyderabad. In 1983, she moved
to Mumbai and studied at the prestigious St. Xavier's College.
Tabu kick started her B'Town career at a tender age of 11
with a cameo appearance in the movie Bazaar
(1982). Her first role as a full-fledged actress was in the Southern
Industry alongside Venkatesh for Coolie
No. 1 (1991). Tabu came into the
limelight with Vijaypath (1994)
opposite Ajay Devgan. This film earned her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award
for that year. 1996 proved to be a golden year for Tabu, Saajan Chale Sasural and Jeet
were both in the top five films of the year. Her role as a Punjabi woman in Maachis (1996) was critically applauded
and brought her first National Film Award for Best Actress. Furthermore, Tabu
established herself as a leading lady in south with films like Kalapani, and Kadhal Desam. In the late 1990's her films such as Border, Virasat, Biwi No.1 and Hum Saath
Saath Hain did extremely well. In the 2000's her films Hera Pheri, Astitiva, Chandini Bar, Maqbool, Fanaa and Cheeni Kum were
extremely well received and fetched her nominations for numerous awards. She featured in
Hollywood's Life of Pi (2012) and did
a couple of other movies down south. She returned to mainstream Bollywood in
2014 with Salman Khan's Jai Ho. Her
latest venture was Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider
which was critically acclaimed and did moderately well at the box office. She was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2011.
Her upcoming projects include Meghna Gulzar's Talwar and an untitled
project produced by Manoj Bajpai.
On this day we bring to you a mini playlist of Tabu's
- "Sagar Sang Kinare Hai" - Vijaypath
- "Tare Hain Barati" - Virasat
- "Hum Saath Saath Hain " - Hum Saath-Saath Hain
- "Jaane Do Na" - Cheeni
- "Phir Se" - Toh Baat Pakki!
- "Aao Na" - Haider
Do you think you know Tabu well enough? Take the mini quiz
below to find out!
- Apart from being
fluent in English and Hindi, what other languages does Tabu know?
- What is the name of Tabu's Hollywood debut movie?
- Tabu is the only
actress to have received which award four times?
- Other than Haider,
which other movie has Tabu done with Vishal Bhardwaj?
This BollyCurry writer
signs off after wishing the accomplished actress a very happy birthday and best wishes
for her upcoming ventures.
Writer: Nisha M.
Editor(s): Shreya S. and Sonia R.
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1. Telugu and Urdu.
2. The Namesake
3. Filmfare Critics
Award for Best Actress