Tabu aka Tabassum Hashmi is one of the most talented actresses in the Indian Film Industry today. When she made her debut opposite Ajay Devgan in Vijaypath (1994), she went on to win a Filmfare Best Debutante Award. But soon the ‘Ruk ruk ruk’ gal made way for meaningful roles, which earned her some commercial, but overwhelmingly huge critical acclaim. She has played a romantic lead in movies like Pehla Pehla Pyaar, provided comic relief in Biwi No.1, done a mujra in Jeet, a village belle in Virasat, played a bar dancer in Chandni Bar (her National Award winning role), played the role of a terror-torn woman in Maachis, a funny nuisance in Hera Pheri, been a part of the ‘Shakespearesque’ Maqbool and much much more. Hollywood star Uma Thurman called her a brave actor for her intense portrayal in Mira Nair‘s The Namesake, and this year she went away with yet another Filmfare Award for Critics’ Best Actress, for her to-die-for role in Cheeni Kum. It isn’t for nothing that they call her ‘the thinking man’s actress‘!