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A Suitable Boy cast: Who is A Suitable Boy star Tabu?

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A Suitable Boy premiered tonight (Sunday, July 26) on BBC One. The second instalment will air next week (Sunday, August 2) and viewers are curious to know more about Tabu, who plays Saeeda Bai in the series. Luckily, Tabu spoke to the press, including about being part of A Suitable Boy.

Who is Tabu?

Tabu is an Indian film actress, best known for her performances in Hindi-language films.

The A Suitable Boy star is 49-years-old and is from Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

Her first lead role was in the film Coolie No. 1 in 1991, where she played the role of Ranjani.

Tabu then rose to fame for her performance as Mohini in the Hindi action film Vijaypath.

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For her role in Vijaypath, Tabu won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

She then went nt o star in Maachis, Ninne Pelladata and Saajan Chale Sasural.

Her other well-known credits include Biwi No. 1, Hu Tu Tu, Chandi Bar and Astitva.

Tabu is also well known for playing literary characters including the films Kandukondain Kandukondain, an adaption of Sense and Sensibility and Maqbool, an adaption of Macbeth.

Most recently, Tabu starred in one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time, Andhadhun.

In Andhadhun, she played the role of murderer, Simi Sinha.

Her other recent film credits include Haider, Jai Ho and Drishyam.

In 2007, Tabu starred in her first Hollywood film, The Namesake, directed by A Suitable Boy’s Mira Nair.

In the Namesake, Tabu played the role of Ashima Ganguli and starred opposite Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan and Linus Roache.

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She then starred in the film Cheeni Kum as Nina Verma, opposite Amitabh Bachchan.

In 2012, Tabu played Gita Patel, in Life of Pi, alongside Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan and Rafe Spall.

During her career, she has won two National Film Awards for Best Actress and six Filmfare Awards.

In 2011, the Government of India rewarded Taby with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.


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In A Suitable Boy, Tau plays courtesan and musician Saeeda Bai.

Saeeda falls in love with Maan Kapoor (played by Ishaan Khatter), Lata’s (Tanya Maniktala) brother-in-law.

Speaking about her role to press including, she revealed she wanted to come on board the project to work with director Nair.

She said: “[The role] excited me because it was her [Nair] and because of the character and because of the legacy that the book had.”

Tabu added about her character: “She is a courtesan so she is not really part of mainstream society so she has a world of her own.”

A Suitable Boy airs Sundays on BBC One

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