I had a few cherished moments with the veteran actress this year when she spoke about how external beauty starts fading as one grows in life. “Now that I am moving towards my 80s, I am realising that beauty, voice, skin, and some other parts of your body start leaving you,” the late veteran actress had said in our conversation.
She sounded a bit upset about the demise of legends Dilip Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, who also belonged to the 40s era like her. I requested her to not feel so dejected, to which the jovial Tabassum said, ” I will never be upset because my name is Tabassum which means smile and happiness. So I will always keep smiling and cheerful.”
May you smile and spread happiness wherever you are, Baby Tabassum.
I would like to end this piece with one of the late actress’ favourite shayaris – Jo beet gaye hain woh zamane nahi aate… aate hain naye log, purane nahi aate…