Tabu lived in Hyderabad, far from Mumbai's madding crowd. Her only link with Mumbai's film world was her aunt, Shabana Azmi.Yes, Shabana Azmi is her Aunt.
First, Tabu's elder sister, Farha stormed films, but could not sustain her stardom. Farha managed her career rather badly and finally settled down to marital bliss with Dara Singh's son. Tabu entered the field after Farha left films.
Tabu's career opened with a grand production. She was taken by Boney Kapoor in his film to be directed by Shekhar Kapur and was cast opposite Sanjay Kapoor.
Boney Kapoor's Prem failed to make a mark. But Tabu was determined. There were no emotional entanglements that could harm her career. She just went on working hard.
Tabu actually reached the audience as the 'Ruk ruk ruk' girl in Vijaypath. She was also much lucky to catch Gulzar's eye. A couple of meaningful roles in his films, mainly Maachis, and she was an actress to reckon with. Priyadarshan's Viraasat and Kamal Haasan's Chachi 420 saw her excelling as an actress.