(Gita Patel) is widely considered one of the finest and most versatile actresses
working in the Indian film industry. With over 70 films to her credit, Tabu has
received widespread critical acclaim and was honored by the government of India
with a 2011 Padma Shri award, recognizing her unmatched contribution to the
Indian Cinema. She holds the record for the most wins of Filmfare's Critics
Award for Best Female Performer, with six. Tabu first shot to fame upon winning
India's leading prize for best actress, the National Award, for her role in
Maachis (1997), shortly followed by the Critics Award for Virasat (1998). She
won the National Award again for the critically acclaimed film from independent
filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, Chandni Bar (2001), portraying a poor girl lost in
a busy metropolis who is forced to become a bar dancer to make ends meet.
Tabu received worldwide recognition and widespread critical acclaim for her
leading role in Mira Nair's American film The Namesake. Known to be selective
about her film roles, Tabu has said, “I do films which move me and most of all,
the unit and the director should appeal to me.”
Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, later moving to Mumbai to study at St.
Xavier's College, Tabassum "Tabu" Hashmi is the younger sister of actress Farah
Naaz. She began her work in film as a child actress, eventually earning her
status as the most versatile leading lady of the Indian screen.