Born as Tabassum Fatima Hashmi, the actress is known as Tabu in the Indian film industry. The actress has primarily acted in Hindi films, in addition to English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali language films. Tabu was born to Jamal Hashmi and Rizwana to a Hyderabadi Muslim family. Her parents divorced when she was a child. Her mother was a school teacher and her maternal grandparents were retired professors who ran a school. 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.
Tabu Hashmi did a small appearance in the film Bazaar in 1980, and later, the child artist appeared in the film Hum Naujawan (1985) at the age of fourteen. She played Dev Anand's daughter in the film.
But only a few know what Tabu's first role as an actress was in the Telugu film Coolie No.1, along with the south superstar Venkatesh. In December 1987, Boney Kapoor launched two major films; Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja and Prem. In Prem, Tabu was signed opposite Sanjay Kapoor. The film took eight years in the making and it was the biggest flop in Boney Kapoor's production career. Tabu's career took off well after this film, in spite of the long delay.
Tabu's first release in Hindi as a leading lady was Pehla Pehla Pyar. though the film remained unnoticed by a lot of fans, the actress tasted the success with her role in Vijaypath, (1994) opposite Ajay Devgan. Tabu also bagged the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for the film. This was followed by many films that did not do well at the box office.
In 1996, Tabu had eight movie releases in her kitty. Among them, two of her - films Saajan Chale Sasural and Jeet went on to be superhits. Both her movies were within the top five films of that year. Her other significant film, Maachis, which also starred Chandrachur Singh and Dharmendra in pivotal roles, was critically acclaimed. Her role as a Punjabi woman caught in the rise of the Sikh insurgency was acclaimed; she went on to win her first National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.
It's not just Machis that helped her to bag the National Award, in 2001, the audience saw her star in Chandni Bar directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Tabu's portrayal of a bar dancer left her praises all over, and it was for the same role she won her second National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.
It is not just the Hindi film industry where Tabu has made it big. She starred in the Telugu blockbuster Ninne Pelladata, opposite Nagarjuna, a film which won her the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Telugu.
In 2000, Tabu and Aishwarya Rai starred in the Tamil film 'Kandukondain Kandukondain', which also featured Mammootty and Ajith Kumar.
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