Tabu is a wonderful gift to the Indian cinema. She is a good performer in Tamil, English, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali and Telugu films. Tabu was born in Hyderabad to Rizwana and Jamal Hashmi. After her schooling, she went to Mumbai to do her graduation. She appeared in small roles in the Hindi films. Her official debut as a heroine is in a Telugu film opposite Venakatesh in Coolie No. 1. In 1987, Tabu was booked in Prem with
. The film was a flop, but Tabu got good market in Hindi as well as South Indian films. After some flop movies, Tabu was identified well for her performances in Saajan Chale Sasural and Jeet. She got the National Award for the Best Actress for performing in Maachis. After that, she performed in Kaalapani opposite to Mohan Lal. This film was a super hit and Tabu was accepted in the south Indian film industry. Her first Tamil movie was Kaadhal Desam in which Abbas made his debut. Consecutively she got good roles in Snehithiye and Kandukonden Kandukonden, the blockbuster Tamil movies. Snehithiye was led by Jyotika, in which Tabu had a great role as a Police Officer. She has done justice to the role given to her. Similarly, in Kandukonden Kandukonden, she performed extremely well with
, Mammooty and Aishwarya Rai. In 2001, she acted in the Hindi film Chandni Bar, which acclaimed her the Best Actress and won the National Award for her. She is one among the few actresses who got the National Award for more than once. Her latest movie was Haider, in which she got the best supporting actress award from the Film Fare.