5 Bold Roles Of Tabu In Indian Cinema


Tabu is undeniably a true treasure trove of remarkable abilities and talent. With each role she takes on, she continues to demonstrate her extraordinary finesse. Her last release Khufiya is loved by all.

Her dedication to her art is unwavering, making her an inspiration to aspiring actors and a beloved icon to her fans worldwide.

Here are some of our favorite roles that will be memorable in Indian cinema –

Tabu As Mumtaz in Chandi Bar

Tabu Chandni Bar

Chandi Bar is a 2001 drama film featuring Tabu as Mumtaz, a woman trapped in the seedy underbelly of Mumbai’s bar scene. Tabu’s performance is raw, intense, and utterly convincing, drawing viewers into Mumtaz’s world of hardship and survival. ‘Chandni Bar’ is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Tabu As Nimmi in Maqbool

Tabu As Nimmi in Maqbool

In the 2003 film Maqbool, we saw her deliver a spellbinding performance as Nimmi, a character steeped in Shakespearean tragedy and moral complexity. Nimmi is a testament to her exceptional acting skills. Tabu captures the character’s layers of love, betrayal, and manipulation with finesse and demonstrates her ability to fully immerse herself into her characters. ‘Maqbool’ is streaming on found Amazon Prime Video.

Ghazala Meer – Haider

Tabu Haider

In the 2014 adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, Haider, she delivers a spellbinding performance as Ghazala Meer, a character whose complexity and emotional depth are portrayed with remarkable finesse. She effortlessly captures the nuances of a mother torn between her love for her son and her loyalty to her husband, all against the backdrop of political turmoil in Kashmir. As Ghazala, Tabu becomes the emotional anchor of the film, her presence resonating long after the credits roll. ‘Haider’ can be found on Netflix and Zee5.

Majulika – Bhool Bhulaiyaa


In Bhool Bhulaiyaa she took on the challenging and unforgettable role of Manjulika. Tabu brought an eerie and haunting quality to the character, making Manjulika both captivating and spine-chilling. Her portrayal of Manjulika remains one of the standout performances in her career, showcasing her ability to excel in diverse and challenging roles. Bhool Bhulaiyaa can be found on Amazon Prime Video.

Krishna Menon – Khufiya

Krishna Menon - Khufiya

In the 2023 thriller Khufiya, she takes on the role of Krishna Menon, an operative of the Indian spy agency known as RAW who is assigned to track down the mole. She grapples with her dual identity as a spy and a lover in this nail-biting film. Tabu’s performance in the film adds an extra layer of intrigue and excellence to the project. Khufiya’ is now streaming on Netflix.

(Also read: Khufiya Movie REVIEW; A Partially-Gripping Espionage Thriller)

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