Tabassum Govil

Tabassum GovilScroll of Honour (Maharashtra, India) 2012


That’s exactly what she has been!  In fact, if Indian Cinema is 100 years old, today – Tabassum has been part of it for nearly 60 years!

Who knew that when a tiny tot, all of two and a half years, stood before the cameras for the first time, the moment would be stretched to decades. And yet, she is still called by many – Baby Tabassum!

As a child artiste, she would steal a scene from right under the noses of legends like Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Meena Kumari, Nargis, Madhubala or Ashok Kumar…!

She is also the first lady of Indian Televison!

Yes – she hit our TV like a meteor in its earliest days with ‘Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan’ – the mother of all Talk/Chat Shows in India. She set the benchmarks of TV-anchoring and the show went on to become the longest running show of its kind on Indian Television! In summing she is someone who has encountered 6 generations of stars…

Doff your hats!

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