Kiran Bala Sachdev
9 July 1944
|Other names||Baby Tabassum|
|Occupation||actress, talk show host|
|Known for||Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gushan (1972–1993)|
Tabassum (born Kiran Bala Sachdev on 9 July 1944) is an Indian film actress and talk show host, who started her career as child actor Baby Tabassum in 1947. She later had a successful television career as the host of first TV talk show of Indian television, Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan. It ran on National broadcaster Doordarshan from 1972 to 1993, wherein she interviewed film and TV personalities. She also worked as a stage compere. She has appeared in all four mediums ie Films, TV, radio and web.
Early life and background
She was born in 1944 in Mumbai to Ayodhyanath Sachdev, an Indian freedom fighter, and Asghari Begum, freedom fighter, journalist and an author. Her father named her Tabassum, keeping her mother's religious sentiments in mind, while her mother kept her name Kiran Bala, keeping her father’s religious sentiments in mind. Her official name as per pre-marriage documents was Kiran Bala Sachdev.
Tabassum made her film debut as a child actor with Nargis (1947) followed by Mera Suhaag (1947), Manjhdhar (1947) and Bari Behen (1949). Later in Deedar (1951), directed by Nitin Bose, she played the childhood role of Nargis; the hit song Bachpan Ke Din Bhula Na Dena sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Shamshad Begum was picturised on her. Also, in the next year, she appeared in another important film Baiju Bawra (1952) directed by Vijay Bhatt, where she appeared in the childhood role of Meena Kumari. She also worked in the popular film Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon starring Joy Mukherjee and Asha Parekh. She also starred in the beautiful song 'Aji qibla mohtarma'. After a gap, she reentered films in adult roles, working as a character actress.
She hosted the first talk show of Indian television, Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan, which ran for 21 years from 1972 to 1993. Produced by Doordarshan Kendra Mumbai, it was based on interviews of film celebrities and became immensely popular. This also led to a career as stage compere. She was also the editor of Grihalaxmi, a Hindi women's magazine for 15 years and wrote many joke books.
In 1985, she directed, produced and wrote her first film, Tum Par Hum Qurban. In 2006, she returned to television, as an actress in Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam, produced by Rajshri Productions. She became a judge in a reality stand-up comedy show Ladies Special (2009) on Zee TV.
She continued to work as an interviewer for television and is currently doing a TV show on TV Asia USA and Canada titled Abhi Toh Main Jawaan Hoon based on the Golden Era of Hindi Cinema. Currently, she has launched her own channel on YouTube, titled "Tabassum Talkies" which consists of nostalgic talks, interviews of celebrities, shayaris, jokes and more.
She is married to Vijay Govil, elder brother of TV actor Arun Govil. Their son Hoshang Govil had brief career as a lead in three films Tum Par Hum Qurbaan (1985), which was produced and directed by Tabassum in which she introduced Johnny Lever for the first time on screen as a comedian. Kartoot (1987) and Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeah (1996) produced by Zee TV and directed by J Om Prakash (grandfather of Hrithik Roshan). In 2009, her granddaughter Khushi (daughter of Hoshang) made her film debut with Hum Phir Mile Na Mile.
- Nargis (1947)
- Mera Suhaag (1947)
- Manjhdhar (1947)
- Bari Behen (1949) as Munni
- Chhoti Bhabhi (1950)
- Sargam (1950)
- Sangram (1950)
- Jogan (1950) as Mangu
- Gumashta (1951)
- Aaram (1951)
- Deedar (1951)
- Bahar (1951)
- Afsana (1951) as Young Meera
- Baiju Bawra (1952) Young Gauri
- Baap Beti (1954)
- College Girl (1960)
- Mughal-e-Azam (1960)
- Dharmputra (1961) as Rekha Rai
- Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963)
- Dara Singh: Ironman (1964)
- Zimbo Ka Beta (1966)
- Ganwaar (1970) as Mistress
- Bachpan (1970) as Lily – Tom's wife
- Heer Raanjha (1970)
- Johny Mera Naam (1970)
- Shri Krishna Leela (1971) as Rasili
- Shree Krishnarjun Yuddh (1971) as Chitrangini
- Ladki Pasand Hai (1971)
- Gambler (1971)
- Adhikar (1971)
- Tere Mere Sapne (1971) as Maltimala's Hairdresser
- Shaadi Ke Baad (1972) as Basanti
- Maa Bahen Aur Biwi (1974)
- Naache Mayuri (1986)
- Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986)
- Swarg (1990) as Herself
- Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan (1972 - 1993)
- Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam (2006, STAR Plus) as Kishan's grandmother
- Ladies Special (2009, Zee TV) as Herself (Judge)
- "From Doordarshan to YouTube: Actor Tabassum on keeping up with the times". Hindustan Times. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
- "Nargis, Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Suraiya... they all loved me". www.rediff.com. Retrieved 1 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty (21 April 2006). "The darling of all". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 25 May 2006. Retrieved 28 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Want a golden belan?". DNA India. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
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- Conjugations: Marriage and Form in New Bollywood Cinema, Sangita Gopal, pp. 3, University of Chicago Press, 2012, ISBN 9780226304274, "... Further, Hindi film became far more integrated with other forms of media – as exemplified by the proliferation of film magazines such as Filmfare, Stardust, and Cine Blaze, as well as the phenomenal popularity of television shows such as Chitrahaar and Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan..."
- "Tabassum's granddaughter in B'wood". The Times of India. 18 June 2009. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Lost and found: Thirty newsmakers from the pages of Indian history and where they are now: Cover Story". India Today. 3 July 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Tabassum opposes fake doctor's plea". DNA India. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "From Doordarshan to YouTube: Actor Tabassum on keeping up with the times". Hindustan Times. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
- Hoshang Govil at IMDb