Tabassum had started off as a child artiste. Her most iconic and popular show was Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan where she used to strike up conversations with celebrities. Her presentation of interviews became the template for Indian talks shows to follow in the following years.
She was born as Kiran Bala Sachdev in Bombay in 1944. She made her debut as Baby Tabassum in 1947. Tabassum was married to Vijay Govil, brother of popular TV star Arun Govil.