A tribute to the Quintessential beauty of Bollywood : Tabu

Tabu isn’t your girl next door, nor is she the wannabe actresses who’ll do anything and everything for five minutes of fame. She’s the kind who’ll take up roles that please her and the kind of roles that make her happy. She’s more of an insightful person and not someone who is fame crazy.

Tabu was born in Hyderabad on 4 November 1971 and after the divorce of her parents she started living with her grandparents. Tabu’s parents were not famous, but her aunts, Shabana Azmi and Baba Azmi were and still are very famous. Unlike her aunt Shabana Azmi, Tabu had no prior training in acting before she ventured into Bollywood. She made her debut as a child actress Hum Naujawan and then later as a lead actress with Tollywood movie Coolie No. 1.

Apart from being a talented actress, Tabu was also a multilingual and this helped her sign different movies. She made a name for herself not only in Bollywood but also down south where she acted in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam movies. She also appeared in English and Marathi movies. For Tabu, it was about the script and the plot and not about the banner or who her co stars were.

Some of her famous movies down south were Snegithiye and Kandukondain Kandukondain. She starred with all the famous actors from the Tollywood film industry and all her movies were hit. Tabu appeared in Chennakeshava Reddy and Pandurangadu with Nandamuri Balakrishna, Andarivadu with Chiranjeevi and Aavida Maa Aavide with Akkineni Nagarjuna. Rumours of her affair with Nagarjuna didn’t stop Tabu from signing movies with him.

Tabu made a mark for herself in Bollywood with her second movie Vijaypath opposite Ajay Devgn. Though all her movies in Bollywood were critically acclaimed, none of them were blockbusters. Tabu’s breakthrough in Bollywood was with movies like Maachis and Chandni Bar. For her role in Viraasat, Tabu won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance.

Her movies like Life of Pi and The Namesake won her accolades from all over the Nation. She was awarded the Padma Shri,for her contributions towards the arts. Tabu had once said, “I do films which move me and most of all, the unit and the director should appeal to me.” and we are proud of her for saying that!

Team Celebden wishes Tabu a very happy birthday!

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