15 Best Tabu Movies You Must See

April 26, 2018
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One of the most promising actors to emerge in the 80s, Tabu was a force to be reckoned with from the day she began facing the camera in the film ‘Bazaar’ in 1980. Her first lead role was in a Telugu film Coolie No. 1. Her first major Hindi movie was In Pehla Pehla Pyar which did not garner any intetrest as such. However, she shot to national fame in 1994 starring opposite Ajay Devgn in the movie Vijaypath. Tabu had eight major releases in 1996, among which Jeet and Sajar Chale Sasural were major hits. Since trhen, she has worked with eminent directors and provided stellar performances one after the other. Her recent collaborations with Vishal Bhardwaj were also among the best movies released on those particular years. Here is the list of top 15 movies of Tabu.


15. Hum Saath Saath Hai (1999)

This 1999 blockbuster directed by Sooraj Barjatiya is a multi-starrer which stars Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Karishma Kapoor and such names along Tabu. The movie is about a joint family which has three brothers and a sister. This is a story of them falling in love, understanding life and coming to understand the necessity of near and dear ones in our lives. Tabu plays the wife of the eldest son and among all the many faces which come and leave the screen, she stands out with her consistent grasp of the character which she holds onto sincerely.


14. Fitoor (2016)

An adaptation of the iconic Charles Dickens novel great Expectations, Fitoor starred Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor along with Tabu. The story is about Noor (Kapoor) and Firdaus (Kaif), two friends who had met in their childhood but had seperated because of Firdaus’s mother opposing their friendship. Firdaus’ mother is Begum Hazrat Jahaan played by Tabu, and Begum opposes this friendship due to their social disparity. Noor and Firdaus meet again when they are both adults and living in Delhi, where they spark off a new relationship and more drama thus follows.


13. Maachis (1996)

Released in 1996 and directed by the famous lyricist Gulzar, Maachis was a film much ahead of its time. at a time when Bollywood was only bringing out mass entertainers with no seriousness to them, out came Maachis with its fiercely political theme. Starring Jimmy Shergill and Chandrachur Singh along with Tabu, this film was based on the Sikh riots of 1980s. Singh here gave a fascinating performance as a young boy next door who is influenced into joining a terrorist group. Tabu plays the role of the sister of a policeman who is caught in the crossfire.


12. Vijaypath (1994)

This 1994 action film shot Tabu to superstardom and also won her an award for the best female debutant in the Filmfare awards. The movie is about a police officer whose peace of mind gets disrupted on arresting an infamous criminal, whose brother starts killing members of the policeman’s family. Ajay Devgn and Danny Denzongpa also starred in this movie and its soundtrack by Anu Malik was a major hit that year.


11. Border (1997)

Based on the Battle of Longewala in 1971, this movie was a huge success and was the highest grosser of 1997. Starring a stellar ensemble cast of Sunny Deol, Sunil Shetty, Saif Ali Khan, Tabu and Karishma Kapoor among others, the movie also won numerous awards, J.P. Singh, the director was awarded the Best Director Award at Star Screen Awards and the movie also won the National Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration. Tabu plays the role of a soldier’s wife who longs for her husband’s return and while he takes care of the border, she takes care of the people living within it.

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