There are some performers who learn their craft in their growing days. They take time to hon their skills so that they can become unbeaten at what they do. However, there are some people who are born with special skills and talents which makes them extraordinary at what they do.
Tabassum 'Tabu' Fatima Hashmi is one such performer. Born in a Hyderabadi Muslim family, Tabu moved to Mumbai in 1983 to study at the famous St. Xavier's College for two years. But... this is not why she was meant to be the star she is today. Of course, she has the bloodline of the great poet Sayyid Athar Hussein Rizvi who is famously known by his book name, Kaifi Azmi.
In addition to it, she is also the niece of National Award-winning actress, Shabana Azmi, television actress Tanvi Azmi and cinematographer Baba Azmi and the younger sister of '80s actress Farah Naaz. Is this proof enough that she is meant to be a great performer?
Well, this debate could go on forever but one thing is for sure, she is one of the best talents India has ever produced. She came into prominence with her role in Vijaypath, (1994) opposite Ajay Devgan, for which she received the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award. Even though she made her debut way back in 1985 at the age of fourteen, her career took off after Vijaypath.
Since then, she has done critically acclaimed movies like Hera Pheri, Maqbool, Hollywood movies like Namesake & Life of Pi, Cheeni Kum, etc. which brought her much fame and fan following. However, what stood out the most were the scripts she chose and the directors she found to work with.
It very important for an actor to redefine itself in order to stay relevant. Tabu never had to face this problem. She made sure that her acting was doing the talking and the boldness of her choices made her an unconventional actor who was not afraid to take on challenging roles. Movies like Haider, Drishyam, Talvar, Fitoor and the most recent one, Andhadhun proved her mettle as an actor and maybe, just maybe she has it in her blood to mesmerize her fans but, it would be diminishing her achievements if we say that she is so good because she had it in her blood.
On her 48th Birthday, we wish Tabu keeps spreading love and joy for many more years to come. We loved you then, we love you now and we will love you forever!