Tabu was born in Hyderabad. Soon after, her parents divorced. Her mother was a school teacher and her maternal grandparents were retired professors who ran a school. Her grandfather, Mohammed Ahsan was a Mathematics professor and her grandmother was an English Literature professor. Tabu moved to Mumbai in 1983 and studied at St. Xavier's College for two years. she also went to St. Anns high school in Hyderabad. She is the niece of Shabana Azmi and the younger sister of actress Farha Naaz. She has homes in Mumbai and Hyderabad.
She is the life member of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy Of Film and Television, Noida.
In 1998, Tabu was charged with poaching two blackbucks in Kankani during the filming of Hum Saath Saath Hain along with co-stars Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre and Neelam. The charges were dropped soon after and Tabu was acquitted
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Don't know where she disappears after giving one movie once a year or once in two years. i feel she should be seen more often as she has tremendous talent. her role in her latest film cheeni kum was very well appreciated.