Mahesh Manjrekar's 'Astitva' had Tabu playing a Maharashtrian housewife who indulges in adultery and years later walks out her marriage to seek her own identity.
In 'Maqbool', Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth, Tabu played Nimmi a gang lord's mistress who persuades her admirer and the gang-lord right hand man to murder him and take over.
Mira Nair's 'Namesake' has Tabu playing a Bengali housewife who migrates to US soon after her marriage and slowly adapts to her new surroundings.
R. Balki's 'Cheeni Kum' was a quirky film about a 60 year old chef falling in love with a 30 year old woman. Tabu and Amitabh Bachchan's chemistry was much lauded.
In the recently released 'Haider', Tabu played a mysterious Ghazala who is torn between her son and her lover who she knows has murdered her husband.
While Meghana Gulzar's 'Filhaal' was not a commercial success, the film which dealt with surrogacy had superb performances by Tabu and Sushmita Sen.
While 'Chachi 420' belonged completely to Kamal Haasan, Tabu held her own and complemented his performance.
In Priyadarshan's 'Virasat' Tabu played a simple village girl who under certain circumstances is compelled to marry the zamindar of the village (Anil Kapoor). She won a Filmfare critics choice best actress award for the film.
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Gulzar's 'Maachish' was centered around the 1984 Sikh riots. Tabu played a young Sikh girl who is forced to take up the gun after she and her family is wronged by the police.
Madhur Bahandarkar's 'Chandni Bar' fetched Tabu Best Actress National Award. She played a bar dancer in the critically acclaimed film.