FanaaTabu (born as Tabassum Fathima Hashmi) is a National Award winning actress better known for her works in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi Cinema. She was the recipient of “Padma Shri” in 2011 and is the winner of 2 National Awards, 6 film fare and 4 Critics Awards for the Best Actress. Tabu is known for portraying the characters that garner critical acclaims apart from being commercially viable. She is the niece of yesteryear’s Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi and her elder sister Farah was an actress too.
Tabu was born and raised in Kolkata and finished her schooling at St Anns School, Hyderabad. She made her movie debut with “Bazaar” in 1980 in a small role, followed by “Hum Naujawan” (1985) in which she played the daughter of Dev Anand. In the year 1987, Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor signed Tabu for his home production “Prem”, the launch pad for his youngest brother Sanjay Kapoor, but the film took 8 years to complete.
Meanwhile, Tabu got busy with offers on hand. The launch pad as the heroine was with Telugu movie “Coolie No.1” opposite to Venkatesh and gained prominence in Hindi with “Vijaypath” (1994) opposite to Ajay Devgan. Apart from being a commercial heroine, Tabu was always choosy about her roles and made sure that her role has an equal importance of that of a hero.
Tabu is regarded as the most accomplished actress of Indian Cinema and managed to enjoy a long run in the film industry touted to be male dominated. While it’s a known fact the longevity female stars is pretty small as compared to the male stars, but Tabu managed to stay strong with constant on-screen performances. Most popular Telugu films of Tabu include Colie No., 1, Ninne Pelladatha, Prema Desam, Aaavida Maa Aavide and Chenna Kesava Reddy.