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Tabu was born in Mumbai, home to Bollywood. She began her career as a child actress in legendary director/actor Dev Anand's HUM NAUJAWAN. Her first lead role in a film was in PREM in 1985, and with every film thereafter Tabu grew as an actress to become the most versatile leading lady of the Indian screen. Apart from the Bollywood fare, Tabu has acted in several independent Hindi films, as well as regional films in the Telugu and Tamil languages.

She first shot to fame upon winning India's leading prize for best actress, the National Award, for her role in MAACHIS (1997), which was shortly followed by the Critics Award for VIRASAT (1998). She won the National Award again for the critically acclaimed film from indie filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, CHANDNI BAR (2001), where she plays a poor Muslim girl who finds herself in a busy metropolis and is forced to become a bar dancer to make ends meet. Recent films include MAQBOOL with Khan and SILSILAY.

Tabu is stunning but is best loved for the absence of vanity in her acting. She is also reputed to be a director's actor and has repeatedly broken the mold during her prolific career. Her upcoming films are FANAAH and CHEENI KUM (co-starring Amitabh Bachchan).

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Tabu Facts

Birth Name Tabassum Hashmi
BirthdayNovember 4, 1970 (53)
BirthplaceHyderbad, India
Height5' 8½" (1m74)  How tall is Tabu compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Not available.