Pannu in 2018
1 August 1987|
New Delhi, India
Taapsee Pannu (born 1 August 1987) is an Indian actress and model known for her work in Hindi and South Indian films. Taapsee worked as a software professional and also pursued a career in modeling 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).
Early life and modelling
Taapsee was born on 1 August 1987 in New Delhi. She has a sister named Shagun Pannu and plans to launch her into films as well. 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, she worked as a software engineer. 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. 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. 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. She has also been featured on the cover of magazines Just For Women and MaaStars. 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.
2010–2015: Debut and recognition
Taapsee made her cinematic debut in 2010 with K. Raghavendra Rao's romantic musical Jhummandi Naadam. She played the role of the daughter of a US–based millionaire who comes to India to research traditional Telugu music. Taapsee got three more offers in Telugu prior to the film's release. 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. 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." She returned to the Telugu film industry with Vastadu Naa Raju (2011), opposite Vishnu Manchu. She made a foray into Malayalam cinema later that year, with Doubles (2011), opposite Mammootty and Nadiya Moidu. 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".
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. She starred in a high budget film titled Veera (2011), opposite Ravi Teja and Kajal Aggarwal, which received moderate reviews. She was next seen in her second Tamil film Vandhaan Vendraan, that fetched mixed reviews and did not fare well at the box office. 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— apart from Daruvu and Shadow. 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. 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. In later 2013, she was seen in the big budget action thriller Arrambam co-starring Ajith Kumar and Arya. She was awarded Most Enthusiastic Performer–Female Award at the 2014 Edison Awards for her performance in the film.
After a year without releases, she starred opposite Akshay Kumar in Neeraj Pandey's film Baby (2015), as an undercover agent. 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. Her upcoming films include the Hindi films Running Shaadi.com, alongside Amit Sadh, and Agra Ka Daabraa, by Amit Roy and a Tamil film to be directed by Selvaraghavan.
After finishing Baby, Taapsee joined Shoojit Sircar's next film, titled Pink, and the bilingual submarine film Ghazi, directed by debutant Sankalp. She is also working on Prakash Raj’s Hindi directorial debut Tadka. 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.
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." Taapsee believes in the philosophy of "If you got it, you flaunt it".
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|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|
|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|
|Arrambam||Anitha||Tamil||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil|
|2014||Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|Vai Raja Vai||Shreya||Tamil|
|2016||Pink||Meenal Arora||Hindi||Golden Rose Awards Rising Star |
IIFA Awards Women Of The Year
|The Ghazi Attack||Ananya||Hindi|
|Naam Shabana||Shabana Khan||Hindi|
|Anando Brahma||Unnamed ghost||Telugu|
|2018||Dil Juunglee||Koroli Nair||Hindi|
Awards and Nominations
|2011||Aadukalam||South Indian International Movie Awards||
Best Female Debutant
|2012||Vijay Award||Vijay Award for Favourite Heroine||Nominated|
|Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress||Nominated|
|Mr. Perfect||Filmfare Awards||Nominated|
|Santosham Film Awards||
Best Actress (Jury)
|2013||Chashme Baddoor||BIG Star Entertainment Awards||
BIG Star Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Female
|South Africa India Film And Television Awards||Debut Actor of the Year – Female||Won|
Most Enthusiastic Performer-Female Award
|South Indian International Movie Awards||
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
|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|
|Jagran Film Festival||Best Actor Female - Jury Special Award||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|FiIms of India Online Awards||
Special Jury Awards
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Lux Golden Rose Awards||Power Packed Performer Of The Year Award||Nominated|
|2018||Naam Shabana||Lux Golden Rose Awards||Break Through Performer Of The Year Award||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actress (Jury Choices)||Nominated|
|Extraordinary Impact Award – Female||Won|
|Hindustan Times (HT) Most Stylish Awards||HT Most Stylish Breakthrough Performer (Female)||Won|
|GeoSpa AsiaSpa Awards||Best Actress Critics||Won|
|Nitishastra||Streaming Awards||Best Actress||Won|
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