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B'Day Spl: Heart-Wrenching Performances Of Tabu In Bollywood Movies

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Tabu, is one of the most gifted actors Bollywood industry has ever come across, today the pretty damsel is celebrating her birthday, 4th November. She is turning 43 years old and the actress has still not chosen to marry and settle down.

Recently when she was questioned if marriage was ever on the cards, she was quick to reply, "People should stop asking me and Salman about marriage." 

Well, though she is frequently asked this personal question, the actress is more remembered and loved for her unique on-screen performances in Bollywood movies. Being the relative of yet another veteran actor, may be acting was in her blood. She is the niece of Shabana Azmi and Baba Azmi and the younger sister of actress Farah Naaz.

Taking after her aunt, Tabu was never a typical hot commercial heroine for long. Though her initial films were of the type, she slowly transformed into being the critics favourite choice. Tabu came into Bollywood at a very young age, she did a small appearance in the film Bazaar in 1980 and later at the age of fourteen she acted in Hum Naujawan (1985) where she played Dev Anand's daughter.

Her first debut an actress was in the Telugu film Coolie No.1 with popular actor, Venkatesh. In December 1987, Boney Kapoor launched two Big Films, Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja and Prem. In the latter film, Tabu was cast opposite Sanjay Kapoor, though it took eight years to complete and was the biggest flop of Boney Kapoor's career, it still managed to get Tabu noticed.

Tabu's first movie in Bollywood as the lead heroine was Pehla Pehla Pyar which nobody noticed and later her prominent role in Vijaypath (1994) opposite Ajay Devgan won her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. After this the actress never had to turn back and till her recent release, Haider, Tabu has only given stellar performances.

Check out her top heart-wrenching performances in Bollywood movies


Maachis is a 1996 Indian Hindi film directed by Gulzar and produced by R. V. Pandit. 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.


Virasat is a 1997 Indian Hindi film, a remake of the Tamil film Thevar Magan. It was directed by Priyadarshan and produced by the Mushir-Riaz duo.

Hu Tu Tu-1999

Hu Tu Tu is a 1999 Hindi drama directed by Gulzar. Tabu received a 2000 Filmfare Award nomination for Best Actress for this movie.


Astitva is a 2000 bi-lingual film made simultaneously in Hindi and Marathi, written and directed by Mahesh Manjrekar.The movie revolves around a happily married wife who suddenly inherits a large fortune and her puzzled husband who questions its source.

Chandni Bar-2001

Chandni Bar is a 2001 Hindi film directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. The film was a critically acclaimed hit and it won four National Film Awards. Her portrayal of a bar dancer met with unanimous praise, and she won her second National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.


Maqbool is a 2003 Indian crime drama film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and starring Pankaj Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Tabu and Masumeh Makhija in an adaptation of the play Macbeth by Shakespeare.

The Namesake-2006

The Namesake is a 2006 film was directed by Mira Nair and is based upon the novel of the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri.The film received positive reviews from American critics.

Cheeni Kum-2007

Cheeni Kum is a 2007 Bollywood romance film directed by R. Balki, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, Paresh Rawal, Zohra Sehgal and Swini Khara.

Life Of Pi-2012

Life of Pi is a 2012 American 3D adventure drama film based on Yann Martel's 2001 novel of the same name. Directed by Ang Lee, the film's adapted screenplay was written by David Magee, and it stars Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Gérard Depardieu, Tabu, and Adil Hussain.


Haider is a 2014 Indian crime drama film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, and co-written by Basharat Peer and Bhardwaj. It stars Shahid Kapoor as the protagonist, Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon portraying other lead roles. Irrfan Khan appears in an extended special appearance. The movie was based on William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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