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).
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