Monday, November 3, 2014

Tabu - Biography and Filmography

Tabu was born Tabassum Hashmi on 4 November 1971

Tabu's  parents divorced and she moved to Hyderabad even though she was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata). Her mother was a school teacher; 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 speaks Urdu, Telugu, Hindi and English.

Tabu had  a small appearance in the film "Bazaar" in 1980 and later in the film Hum Naujawan (1985) at the age of fourteen the role of  Dev Anand's daughter. Her first role as a heroine  was in the Telugu film Coolie No.1 co-starred with Venkatesh.

Tabu's first release in Hindi as a leading lady was Pehla Pehla Pyar and  She came into prominence with her role in Vijaypath (1994) opposite Ajay Devgan for which she received the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.

In 1996, Tabu had eight releases. Two films Saajan Chale Sasural and Jeet went on to be hits; both were within the top five films of that year. Her role in Maachis, was critically acclaimed. Her role as a Punjabi woman caught in the rise of Sikh insurgency was acclaimed; she went on to win her first National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Tabu's first release of 1997 was Border. The movie is related to the Battle of Longewala during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. She played the role of Sunny Deol's wife. That year, she also starred in the film Virasat, a box office hit; Tabu won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance.

In 1999, she starred in two successful multi-starrer films Biwi No.1 and Hum Saath-Saath Hain.

In 2000, she acted  in Hera Pheri and Astitva. The former was a box office success whilst the latter was critically acclaimed.  She received her third Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for Astitva.

2001 saw her star in Chandni Bar directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Her portrayal of a bar dancer met with unanimous praise, and she won her second National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.

In 2003, Tabu starred in an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth in the role of  Nimmi based on the character Lady Macbeth. The film titled Maqbool was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. After Chandni Bar, this is considered another role that gave her an opportunity to show her talent.

She had a supporting role in Fanaa (2006), with Aamir Khan and Kajol. The film was the fourth biggest hit of that year.

In 2007, Tabu starred in her first Hollywood film, The Namesake, directed by Mira Nair. The film was a hit.   She also starred in Cheeni Kum in which she played a 34-year-old woman who falls in love with a 64-year-old played by Amitabh Bachchan.

In 2010, Tabu portrayed the lead role in the romantic comedy film Toh Baat Pakki!,Her next release of the year was Khuda Kasam opposite Sunny Deol.

In 2012, she featured in her second Hollywood film, Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee. She played a supporting role as the mother of the protagonist. Her next and only release in 2013 was David, a Tamil – Hindi bilingual film, starring Vikram in the lead and directed by Bejoy Nambiar. The year 2014 saw her comeback to main stream commercial cinema with Salman Khan starrer Jai Ho, a remake of Telugu film Stalin, playing the elder sister role to Khan. She acted in  Maqbool director Vishal Bhardwaj's  adaptation film of Shakespeare's Hamlet titled as Haider. In Haider, s, she played the mother role to Shahid Kapoor's character.

Her upcoming projects include Meghna Gulzar's directorial Talwar followed by an untitled psychological thriller produced by actor Manoj Bajpai.


Year         Film                            Role      Award
1994 Vijaypath Mohini (Mona) Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut
1996 Maachis Virender "Veeran" Kaur National Film Award for Best Actress
1997 Virasat Gehna Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
1999 Hu Tu Tu Panna Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2000 Astitva Aditi Pandit Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress
2001 Chandni Bar Mumtaz Ali Ansari National Film Award for Best Actress
2007 Cheeni Kum Nina Verma Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress

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