Two-time National Awards winner and six-time Filmfare Award winner with a record four Critics Award for Best Actress, Tabu is one of the most cherished diamonds of the Indian film industry. Born as Tabbassum Fatima Hashmi, Tabu entered the silver screen through a small appearance in the film Bazaar in 1980 and her first film as a lead actress was Coolie No. 1. Since then, there has been no looking back for her. Today, Tabu is considered one of the best actors of the country. Though her selective approach towards her work makes her onscreen appearances a rare occasion, her performances are worth the wait.

Today, as she celebrates her 45th birthday, let recall five of her best performances till date:

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A lot has been said about the performances in the movie, especially for Tabu. She played the character of a "semi-widow", Ghazala. She was tangled in her own thoughts where she couldn't let go of the fact that she was married, yet adored the way her brother-in-law admired her and how her son reacted towards everything going on. It was hard to make out whether she was the hero, villain or the victim.

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Maachis was an eye-opener, not only for the viewers but for the film industry, which realised that Tabu is not just a pretty face but an incredibly talented actor. The film was based on the sensitive topic of terrorism in Punjab. The Gulzar directorial brought out great performances by each and every actor but Tabu doubtlessly stole the show. She received her first National award for this one.

The Namesake
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The Namesake was her first Hollywood film. She played the role of the mother of a 20-year-old son and portrayed helplessness and innocence of her character with ease. Her chemistry with her co-actor Irrfan Khan, who is also one of the most sought after actors of the industry, was simply endearing. She pulled off this character with such finesse that many say that she deserves an Academy Award for this one.

Chandni Bar
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This hard-hitting reality flick won her a National Award in the Best Actress category, for the second time. She portrayed the role of Mumtaz, a village girl who comes to Mumbai after losing her parents and family, where is forced to dance in a sleazy bar and circumstances lead her to marry a gangster. She experiences the pain of watching her own daughter dancing in the same bar and going towards a life that she left long ago. It was probably tough to portray the character of a young girl turning into a mother with each moment filled with enormous amount of trauma, but she pulled it off quite effortlessly.

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Astitva, as the name suggests, was the story of a woman's identity in the society. It is probably the first film to deal with an infidelity case where a woman opens up about her extra-marital affair. Tabu gave an immensely powerful performance as a woman who stands up for herself even when her own family deems her wrong. Her monolog conveys a lot more than what you'd hear, a message to the society and the equality it lacks.

We wish Tabu a very happy birthday and a great year ahead.