Tabassum Fatima Hashmi, popularly known as Tabu, traces her roots to her father, Jamal Hashmi, a celebrated Pakistani actor in the 1970s
Jamal Hashmi, a notable figure in the Pakistani film scene during the 1970s, made his entry into the industry through the guidance of Ali Affan Siddiqui, a prominent producer and director in Pakistan. Seeking a fresh face for his film, Siddiqui discovered Hashmi and casted him in the film ‘Sazaa.’ This brought Jamal to the limelight.
Originally known as Jamal Hashmi, the actor later adopted the name Jameel Hashmi in the cinematic world. His union with Rizwana, a relative of Indian actress Shabana Azmi, led the couple to relocate to Lahore. Rizwana, hailing from a Muslim family in Hyderabad and a teacher by profession, became a crucial part of Hashmi’s life.
However, facing marital challenges, Jamal Hashmi made a pivotal decision to depart from the Pakistani film industry and moved to India in an attempt to save his marriage. In India, the couple welcomed two daughters, including the now-famous Bollywood actress Tabu, born in 1971.
Despite Tabu’s eventual success in the Indian film industry, her journey was marred by family discord. Hashmi was strictly against his daughter’s cinematic pursuits. Therefore, he chose to distance himself from her, choosing a reclusive life. Tabu emerged as a powerhouse in the Indian film industry. She captivated audiences with her versatile acting and powerful screen presence.