Tabu Was Born in the Family of Educationists
She was born as Tabassum Fatima Hashmi on November 4, 1971 to Jamal Hashmi and Rizwana Hashmi in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Soon her parents divorced and Tabu never saw her father. She stayed with her maternal grandparents who were retired professors. Her mother was a school teacher. Her sister Farah was an actress in the 80s. Tabu is the niece of Shabana Azmi.
She did her schooling from St. Anns high school in Hyderabad and later shifted to Mumbai in 1981 and joined St. Xaviers College.
She Did Her First Film at the Age of 9
In 1980, the actress made a small appearance in the film ‘Bazaar’. 5 years later at the age of 14, she was seen alongside Dev Anand in his film Hum Naujawan’. Here she essayed the role of Dev Sahab’s daughter. In 1991, she got her first role as a mainstream actress in a Telugu film titled Coolie No. 1 with Venkatesh. The film was later dubbed in Hindi.
Shekhar Kapoor Persuaded Her to Do Her Debut Film Dushmaani (later titled as Prem)
It took 8 years for Boney Kapoor to release his film Prem starring his brother Sanjay Kapoor and Tabu. Shekhar Kapoor had persuaded Tabu to act in this film. However, since this film dragged the film Pehla Pehla Pyar became Tabu’s first release. She went unnoticed in this film but soon she took everyone by surprise as she became the Ruk Ruk girl of Vijaypath.
Maachis – Claim to Fame
No one knows why Gulzar selected the actress to play the role of Veeran in his film Maachis. However, Tabu was not just appreciated for her role but her career path changed altogether. She even won a National Award for the film and was thereon seen as an actress of substance and verve.
Some of her other critically acclaimed film includes Border, Virasat, Astitva, Chandni Bar, Hu Tu Tu, Maqbool, Mira Nair’s The Namesake, Priyadarshan’s Hera Pheri, Cheeni Kum and the recent hit Haider. She also received a National Award for her role in Chandni Bar. Tabu is also a receipent of Padma Shri
Tabu Never Had any Starry Aspirations
In an interview with a magazine the Haider actress said,
“I was fond of the usual feminine frills and fancies, loved putting on talcum powder, had long hair and a favourite doll to play with,” she states. “But I did not have any desire to join films. I got into the movies by chance and timing, not out of a desire of wanting to be here. I still have a desire to run away. That is why my first instinct is always a refusal!”
Tabu’s Relationship with Sajid Nadiadwala
It was the 90s and Tabu had signed the film Jeet a Sajid Nadiadwala Production and Sajid was mourning his first wife Divya Bharti’s death who was also Tabu’s close friend. This is when she and Sajid came close to each other. Initially, the two weren’t even disclosing their relationship because Sajid was still dealing with Divya’s loss.
Tabu had accepted his lingering feelings for Divya but she was not ready to become a second fiddle to her man even after marriage as cleared to her by Sajid. This is the reason the relationship ended. In one of the 90s radio interview, Tabu even broke down when she was asked about her relationship with the producer.
Tabu’s Relationship with Nagarjuna
Tabu was allegedly in a relationship with much married Nagarjuna for almost a decade until they separated in 2012. Nagarjuna and Tabu started dating each other soon after they met but didn’t confess about their feelings and relationship in public. Tabu even bought a flat next to Nagarjuna in Hyderabad.
According to insiders, the payment of the flat was not done by Tabu but by NagarJuna. Tabu however never confessed that she has a man in her life. She decided to call it quits when she realized her relationship has no destination as Nagarjuna will never leave his wife Amala.