The actress started her career in the early ‘90s and since then there’s no looking back for the intense performer. Be it playing the bubbly chick in Vijaypath or the ferocious Punjabi woman in Maachis, Tabu has over the years kept a fine balance between doing commercial cinema and being a part of offbeat films. With two National Awards and a Padma Shri, the actress proves that she has the mettle to be different from others.

Let’s take a look at movies in which Tabu’s thespian skills have mesmerised us:

Vijaypath: Before this film, Tabu acted in couple of regional and Hindi films but she was recognized by audience after this movie. Paired opposite Ajay Devgn, Tabu received Filmfare Best Debut Award for her role. The film was one of the hits of 1994 in India. Divya Bharti was originally meant to be the female lead but was replaced by Tabu after her death.

Maachis: Her other significant film was Maachis In 1996, she made a stellar performance in the political driven 'Maachis' that starred Chandrachur Singh, Om Puri and Jimmy Shergill. Her other significant film, Maachis, was critically acclaimed. Her role as a Punjabi woman caught in the rise of Sikh insurgency was acclaimed; she went on to win her first National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Chandani Bar: This role was one of the most difficult roles of her career. Tabu portrayed the character of a rape victim, who was forced into becoming a bar dancer in 'Chandni Bar'. Tabu reportedly said that she visited several dance bars to learn the body language and mannerisms of the women for her role. Her portrayal of a bar dancer met with unanimous praise, and she won her second National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Cheeni Kum: 'Cheeni Kum' saw the actress paired opposite Amitabh Bachchan in which she plays a woman who falls in love with a man 30 years older to her. Tabu stood on her feet despite a formidable co-star's domineering presence.

Namesake: In 2007, Tabu starred in her first Hollywood film, The Namesake, directed by Mira. She played the role of a typical Bengali wife who was sensual and the perfect Indian beauty.

Life of Pi: In 2012, she gained international recognition when she was roped in by Ang Lee for the Oscar winning 'Life of Pi'. The director was not interested to meet any other actress and insisted on Tabu to play a part in his movie.

Haider: After a variety of remarkable performances in the past, Tabu once again proved her mettle in the industry with Haider. She played the role of Shahid Kapoor's mother who is half widow. Tabu brought out the credibility of her character remarkably.


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