She is the niece of Shabana Azmi, Tanvi Azmi and Baba Azmi and the younger sister of the actress
Coolie No. 1 (1991). She received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for the Hindi action drama Vijaypath (1994).
On her birthday, we bring five of her best Bollywood performances.
Tabu has been praised by her fans and critics for her intense role of Veerender Kaur, also known as Veeran in the historical political thriller film directed by
Chandni Bar (2001)
Tabu fully did her role justice by showcasing her talent in ways that will resonate for generations to come. Tabu as Mumtaz delivered her best performance in the movie directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. The film shows the gritty life of Mumbai’s underworld, including prostitution, dance cafes and gun crime. The movie also featured Atul Kulkarni in a lead role. It was an acclaimed hit, winning four National Film Awards.
The Vishal Bhardwaj director with Irrfan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Piyush Mishra and Masumeh Makhija is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. While it did not garner much of an audience during its theatrical run in India, it was praised for powerful performances by its lead and supporting cast.
Cheeni Kum (2007)
The actress has come a long way to be counted among the best actresses in Bollywood. She has proven that she is no longer just an eye candy, evolving and giving way to strong female characters. Tabu (34-year-old Nina Verma) and Amitabh Bachchan (64-year-old chef Buddhadev Gupta) starred in this romantic film. Nina and Buddhadev meet and fall in love against all odds despite contrasts in age, character and attitude. Omprakash (Paresh Rawal), Nina’s father, is shocked when Buddhadev asks for his daughter’s hand and refuses, as Buddhadev is older than even Omprakash. Omprakash finally realizes his mistake and lets Nina have her way.
Tabu has often challenged her acting skills with complicated roles. The actress, who is more than just a pretty face, has been praised by audiences and critics alike for her performance in the film. Tabu’s character changes direction through this film and audiences are often on the edge of their seats, caught in a dilemma about believing in her claimed innocence or staying away from her crooked ways. It’s hard to imagine another actor who could have played this role with such remarkable ease.