Bollywood Actress Tabu turs 38 today. Tabu or Tabassum Hashmi is an Indian film actress. She has mainly acted in Hindi films & she has also starred in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali language films, as well as one American film.
She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, and she holds the record for the most wins of Filmfare’s Critics Award for Best Female Performer. Despite a few exceptions, Tabu is best-known for acting in artistic, low-budget films that go on to garner more critical appreciation than substantial box office figures.
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Tabu was born in Hyderabad to Jamal Hashmi and Rizwana in 1971,although other sources indicate 1970. Soon after, her parents divorced. Her mother was a school teacher and her maternal grandparents were retired professors who ran a school. Her grandfather, Mohammed Ahsan was a professor of Mathematics and her grandmother was a professor of English Literature.
She went to St. Anns high school in Hyderabad. Tabu moved to Mumbai in 1983 and studied at St. Xavier’s College for two years. She is the niece of Shabana Azmi and the younger sister of actress Farah Naaz. She has houses in both Mumbai and Hyderabad.
Tabu appearances in commercially successful films were few, and her parts in these films were small, such as Border (1997), Saajan Chale Sasural (1996), Biwi No.1 and Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United (1999). Her most notable performances include Maachis (1996), Virasat (1997), Hu Tu Tu (1999), Astitva (2000), Chandni Bar (2001), Maqbool (2003) and Cheeni Kum (2007). Her leading role in Mira Nair’s American film The Namesake also drew major praise. Known to be selective about her film roles, she has said that, “I do films which move me and most of all, the unit and the director should appeal to me.”