The beautiful refreshing face, unmeasurable talent and 5 feet 6 inches tall babe’s real name is Aka Tabassum born on 4th November. Mother and fathers names are “Rizwana ” and “Jamal Hashmi”.Her Sister “Farha” is a well known bollywood actress. Tabu started her film career as a child artiste for Dev Anand’s Hum Naujawan and since she wasn’t the lead actress, Tabu gained little mileage from it. The first film she signed on as lead actress was ‘Prem’, but finally, ‘Pehla Pehla Pyar’ released first and launched her as leading lady.

Tabu had another round of hits with Virasat and Border in 1997. In Priyadarshan’s Virasat, which was a remake of Thevar Magan, she played a village girl Gehna. It won her the Filmfare Critic’s Award for Best Performance.

1998 to 2003 She was seen in a comedy Chachi 420 (1998) with Kamal Hasan. She proved herself yet again with her act as Panna in Gulzar’s Hu Tu Tu (1999) which won her the Filmfare Critic’s Award for Best Performance.

Her next role was lighter, as Lovely in the comedy Biwi No.1 (1999). She was seen in another comedy Hera Pheri (2000). She was seen as Soumiya in the Tamil movie Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), which was based on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and had Aishwarya Rai playing her younger sister.

In Mahesh Manjrekar’s Astitva (2000) she again delivered a powerful performance as Aditi, a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage that leads to an extra marital affair. She won the Filmfare Critic’s Award for Best Performance.

Madhur Bhandarkar’s Chandni Bar (2001) saw her as Mumtaz, a bar girl, which won her another National Film Award for Best Actress. She was seen as Nimmi, Lady Macbeth’s counterpart in Bollywood, in Maqbool (2003).

2004 to 2009 Tabu became artist M.F.Hussain’muse after Madhuri Dixit and appeared in Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2004). Mira Nair’s The Namesake (2007), an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel, received international acclaim. She was cast as the Bengali bride Ashima who moves to the U.S after getting married and the life she creates with her husband there and their son Gogol’s struggle with his identity. Cheeni Kum (2007) saw her hold her own opposite Amitabh Bachchan as his much younger lover and won her the Filmfare Critic’s Award for Best Performance.

In 2009, Tabu has several Hindi and Tamil movies awaiting release like Anurag Singh’s Next, Season’s Greetings, Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai and Thalaivan Irukirran.

 

Films Done By Tabu

  • 1982 Bazaar Unknown Hindi Uncredited
  • 1985 Hum Naujawan Priya Hindi
  • 1991 Coolie No. 1 Ranjani Telugu
  • 1992 Mashooq Unknown Hindi
  • 1994 Pehla Pehla Pyar Sapna Hindi
  • 1994 Vijaypath Mohini Hindi Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
  • 1995 Prem Lachi / Sonya Jetley Hindi
  • 1995 Saajan Ki Baahon Mein Kavita Hindi
  • 1995 Sisindri Herself Telugu Special appearance
  • 1995 Haqeeqat Sudha Hindi
  • 1996 Himmat Anju Hindi
  • 1996 Kadhal Desam Divya Tamil
  • 1996 Tu Chor Main Sipahi Kajal Hindi
  • 1996 Jeet Tulsi Hindi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • 1996 Kaalapani Parvathi Malayalam
  • 1996 Maachis Veerandra  Hindi National Film Award for Best Actress
  • 1996 Saajan Chale Sasural Divya Khurana Hindi
  • 1996 Ninne Pelladata Mahalakshmi Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress
  • 1997 Darmiyaan: In Between Chitra Hindi
  • 1997 Virasat Gehna Hindi Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
  • 1997 Border Yamora Kaur Chandpuri Hindi
  • 1997 Iruvar Senthamarai Tami
  • 1997 Chachi 420 Janki Paswan Hindi
  • 1998 Aavida Maa Aavide Archana Telugu
  • 1998 2001: Do Hazaar Ek Billu Hindi
  • 1998 Thaayin Manikodi Anjali Tamil
  • 1998 Hanuman Anja English French-Indian film
  • 1999 Hu Tu Tu Panna Hindi Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
  • 1999 Biwi No.1 Lovely Hindi
  • 1999 Kohram Inspector Kiran Patkar Hindi
  • 1999 Hum Saath-Saath Hain Sadhana Hindi
  • 1999 Thakshak Suman Dev Hindi
  • 2000 Hera Pheri Anuradha Shivshankar Panikar Hindi
  • 2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain Sowmya Tamil Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil
  • 2000 Tarkieb Roshni Choubey Hindi
  • 2000 Dil Pe Mat Le Yaar Kamya Lal Hindi
  • 2000 Shikari Suman Hindi
  • 2000 Astitva Aditi Pandit Hindi
  • 2000 Ghaath Kavita Choudhary Hindi
  • 2000 Snegithiye ACP Gayatri Tamil
  • 2000 Cover Story Jasmine Khan Malayalam
  • 2001 Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya Roshni Batra Hindi
  • 2001 Chandni Bar Mumtaz Hindi National Film Award for Best Actress
  • 2001 Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa Meena Hindi
  • 2002 Maa Tujhhe Salaam Captain Sonia Khanna Hindi
  • 2002 Filhaal… Rewa Singh Hindi
  • 2002 Chennakesava Reddy Devi Telugu
  • 2002 Zindagi Khoobsoorat Hai Shalu Hindi
  • 2002 Saathiya Savithri Rao Hindi Special appearanc
  • 2003 Abar Aranye Amrita Bengali
  • 2003 Khanjar: The Knife Shilpa Hindi
  • 2003 Hawa Sanjana Hindi
  • 2003 Jaal: The Trap Neha Pandit Hindi
  • 2003 Maqbool Nimmi Hindi
  • 2004 Main Hoon Na Aparna Hindi Uncredited cameo
  • 2004 Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities Meenaxi / Maria Zarkova Hindi
  • 2005 Bhagmati Bhagmati Hindi
  • 2005 Andarivaadu Shanthi Telugu
  • 2005 Silsiilay Rehana Hindi
  • 2006 Shock Gita Telugu
  • 2006 Fanaa Malini Tyagi Hindi
  • 2006 The Namesake Ashima English Indian-American film
  • 2007 Sarhad Paar Pammi Hindi
  • 2007 Rakkilippattu ACP Gayatri Varma Malayalam
  • 2007 Cheeni Kum Nina Verma Hindi Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
  • 2007 Om Shanti Om Herself Hindi Cameo appearance in song “Deewangi Deewangi”
  • 2008 Idi Sangathi Swarajyalakshmi Telugu
  • 2008 Pandurangadu Amrutha Telugu Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
  • 2010 Toh Baat Pakki! Rajeshwari Saxena Hindi
  • 2010 Khuda Kasam Neetu Singh Hindi
  • 2011 Urumi Herself Malayalam Special appearance
  • 2012 Life of Pi Gita Patel English American film
  • 2013 David Frenny Hindi
  • 2013 David Frenny Tamil
  • 2014 Jai Ho Geeta Agnihotri Hindi
  • 2014 Haider Ghazala Meer Hindi Also playback singer for song “Roshe Valle”
  • 2015 Drishyam IG Meera Deshmukh Hindi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
  • 2015 Talvar Reema Kumar Hindi Guest appearance
  • 2016 Fitoor Begum Hazrat Jaan Hindi
  • 2017 Golmaal Again Anna Matthew Hindi
  • 2018 Missing Aparna Dubey Hindi Also playback singer for song “Soja Re”
  • 2018 Sanju Herself Hindi Cameo appearance
  • 2018 Andhadhun Simi Hindi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress Nominated—Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
  • 2019 De De Pyaar De Manjana “Manju” Rao Hindi
  • 2019 Bharat Gudiya (Meher) Hindi Special appearance
  • 2020 Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo Yasoda “Yasu” Radhakrishna Telugu
  • 2020 Jawaani Jaaneman Ananya Hindi
  • 2020 Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 Films that have not yet been released TBA Hindi Filming

 

Television Done By Tabu

  • 2020 A Suitable Boy Saaeda Bai BBC One series
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