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Taapsee Pannu
Taapsee Pannu unveils the latest issue of the magazine Health & Nutrition.jpg
Pannu in 2018
Born (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 31)
New Delhi,
Residence Mumbai, India[1]
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2010–present
Website Taapsee Pannu

Taapsee Pannu (born 1 August 1987) is an Indian actress and model known for her work in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi films. Taapsee worked as a software professional and also pursued a career in modelling before becoming an actress. During her modelling career, she appeared in a number of commercials.

Taapsee made her acting debut with the 2010 Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam, directed by Raghavendra Rao. Since then, she has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films such as Aadukalam, Vastadu Naa Raju and Mr. Perfect. Her Tamil film Aadukalam won six National Film Awards at the 58th National Film Awards. She has also worked in a Malayalam film and has been signed on for three Telugu films and several Hindi films. She was awarded Most Enthusiastic Performer-Female Award at the 2014 Edison Awards for her performance in the Tamil film Arrambam (2013). In 2015, she starred in the critically and commercially successful film Baby. She went on to star in the drama Pink (2016), the war film The Ghazi Attack (2017), and the comedy Judwaa 2 (2017). Mulk(2018)

Early life and modelling[edit]

Taapsee was born on 1 August 1987[2] in New Delhi.[3][4][5] She has a sister named Shagun Pannu and plans to launch her into films as well.[6] She did her schooling at the Mata Jai Kaur Public School in Ashok Vihar, Delhi. After completing her graduation in Computer Science Engineering from the Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology in New Delhi,[7] she worked as a software engineer.[8][9] She became a full-time model after she auditioned and was selected for Channel V's talent show Get Gorgeous, which eventually led her to acting.[10] Taapsee has appeared in numerous print and television commercials and won several titles during her modelling days, including "Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face" and "Safi Femina Miss Beautiful Skin" at the 2008 Femina Miss India contest.[8][11] As a model, she endorsed brands such as Reliance Trends, Red FM 93.5, UniStyle Image, Coca-Cola, Motorola, Pantaloon, PVR Cinemas, Standard Chartered Bank, Dabur, Airtel, Tata Docomo, World Gold Council, Havells and Vardhman.[12] She has also been featured on the cover of magazines Just For Women and MaaStars.[13][14] After a few years, she lost interest in modelling as she thought that she could never gain proper recognition through modelling, but only through films, and finally decided to act.[15]

2010–2015: Debut and recognition[edit]

Taapsee at the launch of Malabar's New Jewellery Range, 2011

Taapsee made her cinematic debut in 2010 with K. Raghavendra Rao's romantic musical Jhummandi Naadam.[16] She played the role of the daughter of a US–based millionaire who comes to India to research traditional Telugu music.[17] Taapsee got three more offers in Telugu prior to the film's release.[17] Her next film Aadukalam (2011), marked her debut in Tamil cinema. She played the role of an Anglo-Indian girl falling in love with a rural man played by Dhanush.[18] The film, set in the backdrop of Madurai, revolves around cockfights. It was critically acclaimed and proceeded to win six National Film Awards at the 58th National Film Awards ceremony. Speaking about her role, a reviewer from Sify said: "Debutant Taapsee is a promising find and she suits the character of an Anglo-Indian girl to the T."[19] She returned to the Telugu film industry with Vastadu Naa Raju (2011), opposite Vishnu Manchu.[20] She made a foray into Malayalam cinema later that year, with Doubles (2011), opposite Mammootty and Nadiya Moidu.[21] Paresh C Palicha of Rediff commented: "Taapsee Pannu as Saira Banu, whose entry into the scene becomes the bone of contention between the siblings, has nothing noteworthy to do".[22]

"Initially, I wanted to be a full-time model and never thought I could act. As time went by, modelling became not that exciting or enjoyable as posing in front of the camera became monotonous. Also, I felt my name was not being highlighted. The name gets highlighted only in films. So I wanted to act."

—Taapsee talking about how she got into films[15]

Taapsee played a short role in her next release Mr. Perfect (2011). In it, she acted alongside Prabhas and Kajal Aggarwal and the film was a moderate success.[23] She starred in a high budget film titled Veera (2011), opposite Ravi Teja and Kajal Aggarwal, which received moderate reviews.[24] She was next seen in her second Tamil film Vandhaan Vendraan, that fetched mixed reviews and did not fare well at the box office.[25] Her next film was Krishna Vamsi's Mogudu where she acted as a traditional Telugu girl opposite Gopichand and garnered critical acclaim for her performance. She worked on the Tamil–Telugu bilingual Gundello Godari—titled Maranthen Mannithen in Tamil—[26] apart from Daruvu and Shadow.[27][28][29] She also made her Bollywood debut through Chashme Baddoor where she shares the screen with Siddharth, Rishi Kapoor, Divyendu Sharma and Ali Zafar. The film is a remake of the 1981 film with the same title.[8][30][31] Taapsee was also approached to dub the voice of Hollywood actress Katee Sackhoff in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions of the science fiction film Riddick, but declined the offer due to her prior commitments.[32][33] In later 2013, she was seen in the big budget action thriller Arrambam co-starring Ajith Kumar and Arya.[34] She was awarded Most Enthusiastic Performer–Female Award at the 2014 Edison Awards for her performance in the film.[35]

After a year without releases, she starred with Akshay Kumar in Neeraj Pandey's film Baby (2015), as an undercover agent.[36] Later, she had two Tamil releases, the horror comedy Muni 3, opposite Raghava Lawrence and Aishwarya R. Dhanush's Vai Raja Vai, which featured her in a special appearance.[37] Her upcoming films include the Hindi films Running Shaadi.com, alongside Amit Sadh,[38][39] and Agra Ka Daabraa, by Amit Roy[40] and a Tamil film to be directed by Selvaraghavan.[41]

2016–present[edit]

Taapsee at the 61st Filmfare Awards in 2016

After finishing Baby,[42] Taapsee joined Shoojit Sircar's next film, titled Pink,[43] and the bilingual submarine film Ghazi, directed by debutant Sankalp.[44] She is also working on Prakash Raj’s Hindi directorial debut Tadka.[45] She next played the title role in the film Naam Shabana, a spin-off from Baby. Later, Taapsee worked in David Dhawan–directed Judwaa 2.[46][47]

In 2018, she will star opposite Ali Fazal in Sujoy Ghosh's remake of the Spanish film Contratiempo.[48] She also starred in Soorma as hockey player Harpreet opposite Diljit Dosanjh.[49]

Personal life[edit]

When asked in January 2015 about her personal relationships, Taapsee said: "I have dated a South Indian. Also I have never dated a star and will never date one and that I can write and give you on a stamp paper. I am clear that there can be only one star in the relationship and that's me. I personally don't think it can work out between an actor and an actress."[50] Taapsee believes in the philosophy of "If you got it, you flaunt it".[51] Since late 2013, she has been in a relationship with Danish badminton player Mathias Boe.[52]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes
2010 Jhummandi Naadam Sravya Telugu
2011 Aadukalam Irene Claude Tamil Nominated—Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine
Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
Vastadu Naa Raju Pooja Telugu
Mr. Perfect Maggie Telugu Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
Veera Aiki Telugu
Vandhaan Vendraan Anjana Tamil
Mogudu Raja Rajeshwari Telugu
Doubles Saira Banu Malayalam
2012 Daruvu Swetha Telugu
2013 Gundello Godari Sarala Telugu Simultaneously made and released in Tamil as Maranthen Mannithen
Chashme Baddoor Seema Hindi Bollywood debut, Nominated- Filmfare Award Best Female Debut
Shadow Madhubala Telugu
Sahasam Sreenidhi Telugu
Arrambam Anitha Tamil Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
2014 Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Tamil Cameo appearance
2015 Baby Shabana Khan Hindi .
Kanchana 2 Nandhini Tamil
Vai Raja Vai Shreya Tamil
Dongaata Herself Telugu Special appearance
2016 Pink Meenal Arora Hindi Golden Rose Awards Rising Star
IIFA Awards Women Of The Year
2017 Running Shaadi Nimmi Hindi
The Ghazi Attack Ananya Hindi
Telugu
Naam Shabana Shabana Khan Hindi
Anando Brahma Unnamed ghost Telugu
Judwaa 2 Samaara Hindi
2018 Dil Juunglee Koroli Nair Hindi
Nitishastra Malty Hindi Short Film
Soorma Harpreet Hindi
Mulk Aarti Malhotra/Mohammed Hindi
Neevevaro dagger TBA Telugu Post-production
Manmarziyaan dagger Rumi Hindi Filming[53]
Tadka dagger Nicole Hindi Post-production[54]
2019 Badla dagger TBA Hindi Pre-production[55]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result
2011 Aadukalam South Indian International Movie Awards

Best Female Debutant

Nominated
2012 Vijay Award Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine Nominated
Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress Nominated
Mr. Perfect Filmfare Awards

Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu

Nominated
Santosham Film Awards

Best Actress (Jury)

Won[56]
2013 Chashme Baddoor BIG Star Entertainment Awards

BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Female

Nominated
South Africa India Film And Television Awards Debut Actor of the Year – Female Won[57]
Filmfare Awards

Filmfare Award Best Female Debut

Nominated
2014 Arrambam Edison Awards

Most Enthusiastic Performer-Female Award

Won
Filmfare Awards

Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil

Nominated
South Indian International Movie Awards

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated
2017 Pink Lux Golden Rose Awards Rising Star Of The Year Won
Stardust Awards Best Actor(Female) Nominated
Screen Awards Best Actress Nominated
BIG Zee Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Social Film – Female Nominated[58]
Jagran Film Festival Best Actor Female - Jury Special Award Won[59]
Zee Cine Awards Best Actress Nominated
FiIms of India Online Awards

Special Jury Awards

Won[60]
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Actress Nominated
Lux Golden Rose Awards Power Packed Performer Of The Year Award Nominated[61]
2018 Naam Shabana Lux Golden Rose Awards Break Through Performer Of The Year Award Won

[61]

Zee Cine Awards Best Actress (Jury Choices) Nominated
Extraordinary Impact Award – Female Won[62]
Hindustan Times (HT) Most Stylish Awards HT Most Stylish Breakthrough Performer (Female) Won[63]
GeoSpa AsiaSpa Awards Best Actress Critics Won[64]
Nitishastra Streaming Awards Best Actress Won[65]

See also[edit]

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