Tabassum Fatima Hashmi, popularly known as Tabu, is a two-time National Film Award winner, a Padma Shri recipient, and the Queen of evergreen performances. 

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Don't take our word for it, just see these photos to see how she breathes life into her characters: 

Vijyapath won her the first Filmfare for Female Debut and gave us the ultimate dance track, Ruk Ruk Ruk

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And then she started to win over both crowds, and critics alike, with movies like Maachis (her first National Film Award), Border, Chachi 420, Hu Tu Tu, etc.

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Kamal Hassan gave a memorable performance indeed, but Tabu was nothing short of stunning in Chachi 420

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Just look at a leading lady rocking a pixie cut like no one's business. 

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Whether it's mainstream cinema or indie movies, Tabu is brilliant in every performance. Remember Hum Saath Saath Hain?

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Or one of Bollywood's earliest feminist films, Astitva

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Fast at the heels of Astitva came Chandni Bar, the film that won Tabu her second National Film Award. 

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Immortalizing the art of speaking through her expressions in The Namesake. 

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Tabu was grace personified in Life of Pi

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Who else but Tabu to bring alive Shakespeare's characters with unparalleled nuance!

Maqbool:

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Haider:

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She was the embodiment of "sugar and spice and everything nice" in Cheeni Kum

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With Fitoor, Tabu proved, Royalty thy name, making even tragedy look graceful. 

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And she was the ultimate 'anti-hero' in Andhadhun. What. A. Range!

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Proving her expertise as a scene-stealer in Jawaani Jaaenaman.

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And as Saeeda Begum in A Suitable Boy, she was literally like a ghazal come alive.

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Her work is poetry in motion, and this is but a short glimpse of her inimitable beauty and talent.