Tabassum (actress)

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"Tabassum" redirects here. For the Pakistani poet, see Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum.
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Kiran Bala Sachdev

(1944-07-09) 9 July 1944 (age 74)
Other namesBaby Tabassum
Occupationactress, talk show host
Years active1947–present
Known forPhool Khile Hain Gulshan Gushan (1972–1993)
Spouse(s)Vijay Govil

Tabassum (born Kiran Bala Sachdev on 9 July 1944) is an Indian film actress and talkshow 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.

Early life and background[edit]

She was born on 9 July 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.[1]


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.[2] 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. After a gap, she reentered films in adult roles, working as a character actress.[3][4]

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.[2][5] This also led to a career as stage compere.[6] She was also the editor of Grihalaxmi, a Hindi women's magazine for 15 years and wrote many joke books.[7]

In 1985, she directed, produced and wrote her first film, Tum Par Hum Qurban.[7] In 2006, she returned to television, as an actress in Pyaar Ke Do Naam: Ek Raadha, Ek Shyaam, produced by Rajshri Productions.[2] She became a judge in a reality standup comedy show Ladies Special (2009) on Zee TV.[3]

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.[8] Currently, she has launched her own channel on YouTube, Titled "Tabassum Talkies" which consists of nostalgic talks, interviews of celebrities, shayris, jokes and more.




Personal life[edit]

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 Hritik Roshan).[9] In 2009, her granddaughter Khushi (daughter of Hoshang) made her film debut with Hum Phir Mile Na Mile.[6]


  1. ^ "'Nargis, Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Suraiya... they all loved me'". Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty (21 April 2006). "The darling of all". The Hindu. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Want a golden belan?". DNA India. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2013. In her late 60s, ...
  4. ^ Tilak Rishi (5 June 2012). Bless You Bollywood!: A Tribute to Hindi Cinema on Completing 100 Years. Trafford Publishing. pp. 75–. ISBN 978-1-4669-3962-2. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  5. ^ 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..."
  6. ^ a b "Tabassum's granddaughter in B'wood". The Times of India. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b "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.
  8. ^ "Tabassum opposes fake doctor's plea". DNA India. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  9. ^ Hoshang Govil on IMDb

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