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Taapsee Pannu
Taapsee 61st FF.jpg
Pannu at the 61st Filmfare Awards in 2016
Born Taapsee Pannu
(1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 29)
New Delhi, India
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2010–present

Taapsee Pannu (born 1 August 1987) is an Indian model and actress, who mainly works in the South Indian film industry, though she has also appeared in Bollywood 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 and won titles such as "Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face" and "Safi Femina Miss Beautiful Skin" in 2008.

After a short stint with modelling, 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 a Hindi film. She was awarded Most Enthusiastic Performer-Female Award at the 2014 Edison Awards for her performance in Tamil film Arrambam (2013). In 2015, she starred in the critically and commercially successful film Baby. In 2016, she played a lead role in Pink.

Early life and modeling[edit]

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

Taapsee was born on 1 August 1987[1] in New Delhi into a Jat Sikh family.[2][3][4] She has a sister named Shagun Pannu and plans to launch her into films as well.[5] 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,[6] she worked as a software engineer.[7][8] 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.[9] 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.[7][10] As a model, she endorsed brands like 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.[11] She has also been featured on the cover of magazines Just For Women and MaaStars.[12][13] 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.[14]

2010–2015: Debut in films[edit]

Taapsee Pannu with Pakistani actor Ali Zafar at the audio release of Chashme Baddoor in 2013

Taapsee made her cinematic debut in 2010 with K. Raghavendra Rao's romantic musical Jhummandi Naadam.[15] She played the role of the daughter of a US-based millionaire who comes to India to research traditional Telugu music.[16] Taapsee got three more offers in Telugu prior to the film's release.[16] 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.[17] 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."[18] She returned to the Telugu film industry with Vastadu Naa Raju (2011) opposite Vishnu Manchu.[19] She made a foray into Malayalam cinema later that year, with Doubles (2011) opposite Mammootty and Nadiya Moidu.[20] 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".[21]

"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[14]

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.[22] She starred in a high budget film titled Veera (2011) opposite Ravi Teja and Kajal Aggarwal, which received moderate reviews.[23] She was next seen in her second Tamil film Vandhaan Vendraan that fetched mixed reviews and did not fare well at the box office.[24] 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—[25] apart from Daruvu and Shadow.[26][27][28] 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.[7][29][30] 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.[31][32] In later 2013, she was seen in the big budget action thriller Arrambam co-starring Ajith Kumar and Arya.[33] She was awarded Most Enthusiastic Performer-Female Award at the 2014 Edison Awards for her performance in the film.[34]

After a year without releases, she starred opposite Akshay Kumar in Neeraj Pandey's film Baby (2015), as an undercover agent.[35] 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 special appearance.[36] Her upcoming films include the Hindi films Running alongside Amit Sadh,[37][38] and Agra Ka Daabraa by Amit Roy[39] and a Tamil film to be directed by Selvaraghavan.[40]


After finishing Baby,[41] Taapsee joined Shoojit Sircar's next film, titled Pink,[42] and the bilingual submarine film Ghazi, to be directed by debutant Sankalp.[43] She is also working on Prakash Raj’s Hindi directorial debut Tadka.[44]

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."[45]


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
2011 Vastadu Naa Raju Pooja Telugu
2011 Mr. Perfect Maggie Telugu Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu
2011 Veera Aiki Telugu
2011 Vandhaan Vendraan Anjana Tamil
2011 Mogudu Raja Rajeshwari Telugu
2011 Doubles Saira Banu Malayalam
2012 Daruvu Swetha Telugu
2013 Gundello Godari Sarala Telugu Simultaneously made and released in Tamil as Maranthen Mannithen
2013 Chashme Baddoor Seema Hindi
2013 Shadow Madhubala Telugu
2013 Sahasam Sreenidhi Telugu
2013 Arrambam Anitha Tamil Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil
2015 Baby Priya Hindi
2015 Kanchana 2 Nandhini Tamil
2015 Vai Raja Vai Shreya Tamil
2015 Dongaata Herself Telugu Special appearance
2016 Pink Minal Arora Hindi
TBD Nimmi Hindi Post-production[46]
2017 Ghazi Hindi
2017 Tadka Nicole Hindi Filming
2017 Naam Shabana Hindi Filming[47]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Taapsee Pannu: I have dated a South Indian but can never date a Sikh". The Times of India. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Moviebuzz. "Happy Birthday to Taapsee". Sify Technologies Ltd. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tapasee denies starring in Tanu Weds Manu remake". Oneindia Entertainment. Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Introducing Tapasee's sister". Sify Technologies Ltd. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Aadukalam heroine Taapsee chats with fans". Sify Technologies Ltd. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "PIX: The Hottest Southern Heroines — Part II". Rediff. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Aadukalam heroine Tapasee unveiled!". Sify Technologies Ltd. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Motihar, Jhilmil; Vasisht, Shruti (25 January 2008). "On the rampway : Simply Punjabi: News India Today". India Today. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "SHOOT : Female". India Times. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Tapasee Pannu". The Times of India. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
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  13. ^ "Taapsee About MaaStars". MPHInfotech Pvt Ltd. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Rajamani, Radhika (29 June 2010). "From software engineer to happening heroine!". Rediff. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  15. ^ Rajamani, Radhika (12 April 2011). "Telugu actress Taapsee goes places". Rediff. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "Jhummandi Naadam – Movie Review". Oneindia Entertainment. Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Dhanush gets a Punjabi kudi as heroine". Sify Technologies Ltd. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  18. ^ Moviebuzz. "Aadukalam-Review". Sify Technologies Ltd. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Vastadu Naa Raju`s interesting plot". Sify technologies Ltd. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  20. ^ George, Meghna (6 April 2011). "First Look: Mammootty's next, Doubles". Rediff. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  21. ^ Palicha, Paresh C (15 April 2011). "Review: Doubles is like a tacky TV serial". Rediff. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  22. ^ Kavirayani, Suresh (25 April 2011). "Mr Perfect". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  23. ^ IANS (22 May 2011). "Ravi Teja's 'Veera' a let down". Sify Technologies Ltd. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  24. ^ Moviebuzz. "Vandhan Vendraan". Sify Technologies Ltd. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  25. ^ Suresh, Sunayana (1 March 2012). "Taapsee gets a makeover". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  26. ^ Jyothi, Krishna (31 January 2012). "Taapsee in dancing mode for Daruvu". Expressbuzz. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  27. ^ "Tapasee to romance Venkatesh in Shadow". OneIndia Entertainment. Greynium Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "Venkatesh's Shadow movie launch". NDTV. NDTV Convergence Limited. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  29. ^ Malini, Shankaran (11 December 2011). "When they encountered Rishi Kapoor". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  30. ^ Sangeetha, P (13 January 2012). "Tapsee Pannu loves her curls". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  31. ^ Lakshmi, V. (8 September 2013). "Taapsee's dubbing dilemma". The Times of India. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  32. ^ "Taapsee Pannu to dub for Riddick". The New Indian Express. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  33. ^ "'Arrambam' Review Roundup: Stylish Entertainer; Real Treat for Ajith Fans". International Business Times. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  34. ^ "Taapsee Pannu wins Enthusiastic Performer-Female award at Edison Awards 2014". IANS. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  35. ^ "Neeraj Pandey signs Taapsee Pannu opposite Akshay Kumar?". The Indian Express. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  36. ^ "I'm not the villain in Vai Raja Vai: Taapsee". The Times of India. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  37. ^ "Manager talk upsets Taapsee Pannu". The Times of India. TNN. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  38. ^ "Taapsee in 'Running'". The Times of India. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  39. ^ Taapsee Pannu’s back. The Hindu (4 April 2015). Retrieved on 25 August 2015.
  40. ^ Trisha, Taapsee to work in Selvaraghavan's next. (29 April 2015). Retrieved on 25 August 2015.
  41. ^ Taapsee Pannu joins Amitabh Bachchan in Delhi for their next film ‘Pink’. The Indian Express (13 March 2016). Retrieved on 2016-07-15.
  42. ^ Director Shoojit Sircar opens up about Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu's 'Pink' | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis. (30 March 2016). Retrieved on 2016-07-15.
  43. ^ SEE PICS: Here are the new stills of Taapsee Pannu from the sets of Ghazi : Regional cinema, News – India Today. (21 April 2016). Retrieved on 2016-07-15.
  44. ^ "Prakash Raj to remake 'Un Samayal Arayil' in Hindi with Shriya Saran, Taapsee Pannu". Daily News and Analysis. 6 April 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
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  46. ^ "Has Shoojit Sircar forgotten his smaller films?". Mid-Day. Retrieved 14 Oct 2015. 
  47. ^ "Baby sequel Naam Shabana starts shooting without Akshay Kumar". The Indian Express. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 

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