Tanushree Dutta

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Tanushree Dutta
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Tanushree Dutta
Born (1984-03-19) 19 March 1984 (age 31)
Jamshedpur, Bihar, India
(now in Jharkhand)
Occupation Actress, Model
Title(s) Femina Miss India Universe 2004
Femina Miss India Universe 2004
Miss Universe 2004
(Top 10)

Tanushree Dutta (pronounced [t̪ənʊʃri], ITRANS: tanushri; born 19 March 1984) is an Indian model and actress who primarily appears in Bollywood movies. Dutta is the recipient of Femina Miss India Universe title in 2004. During the same year at the Miss Universe beauty pageant, she was amongst the top ten finalists.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Dutta was born and raised in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand to a conservative Bengali Hindu family. She attended D.B.M.S. English School in her hometown, Jamshedpur, and attended Junior College in Pune. She dropped out of college after completing her first year of BCom to pursue a modelling career. Her sister, Ishita Dutta, is also an actress and model.


In 2003, Dutta won the Femina Miss India Pageant held in Mumbai; as a result, she represented India amongst 133 other countries at the Miss Universe 2004 contest which took place in Quito, Ecuador, where she placed amongst the top 10 finalists. In 2005, the Government of Jharkhand honored her by issuing postcards and stamps featuring her.[4]

Shortly after winning the Miss India title, Dutta was offered prestigious modelling assignments from recognized Indian designers and national brands. This victory allowed for her successful entry in the Bollywood industry, as she started receiving offers to play lead roles thereafter.

She made her Bollywood début in 2005, appearing in Chocolate and Aashiq Banaya Apne.[5] Both Chocolate and Aashiq Banaya Apne were box office failures. However Aashiq Banaya Apne's music was a hit.[6]

She did an Indian pop music video, "Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re" by Harry Anand before taking part in the Miss India pageant. It was a massive hit and she subsequently performed at several stage shows in 2003. This experience her the stage confidence that she displayed as the Miss Universe pageant. Tanushree is a competent singer although she has never used her vocal skills professionally.

After the release of Ramaa: The Saviour in November 2010, Dutta went on a self-imposed sabbatical for two and a half years.[6] Tanushree returned in spring of 2013 with stunning appearances at high-profile media and red carpet events. In 2013, she confirmed that she will be shortly returning to mainstream cinema.[7][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Starting her career at nineteen years of age, Tanushree Dutta had been working hard when she decided to take a sabbatical leave, which lasted until the end of 2012. As a part of her journey, she rediscovered herself as she traveled; pursued her personal interests such as yoga and adventurous sports; and even decided to shave her head in the name of spirituality during her trip to Ladakh. She states, "To take break from pressure, the ruthless people, heartbreaks and heartburns, I've taken this decision. And, this will hide my identity too during public travel".[10] Though her decision to shave her head was 'to hide her public identity', this act was widely publicized.

Tanushree has stated in an interview that she has converted to Christianity, after becoming disillusioned with Hinduism and Moksha during a spiritual journey.[11]

Tanushree has a younger sister Ishita Dutta, who is acting as the main lead in the serial Ek Ghar Banaunga, an Indian soap opera airing on Star Plus.



Year Film Role Notes
2005 Aashiq Banaya Apne Sneha
Veerabhadra Malathi Telugu movie
Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets Simran "Sim" Chopra
2006 36 China Town cameo appearance Appeared in the song "Jab Kabhi"
Bhagam Bhag Anjali Appeared for 12 mins (Cameo)
2007 Risk Shraddha
Good Boy, Bad Boy Dinky
Raqeeb Sophie Matthews
Dhol Ritu Tripathi
Speed Sanjana Arora
2008 Saas Bahu Aur Sensex Nitya Sen
2009 Ramaa: The Saviour Samaara
Apartment Preeti
2010 Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Jyothi Tamil film
Rokkk Anushka Malhotra


  1. ^ Soumyadipta Banerjee (12 February 2010). "If Kareena can do it, why not me: Tanushree Dutta". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tanushree At The Miss Universe 2004". Times of India. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Piali Banerjee (27 March 2004). "Tanushree Crowned Pond’s Femina Miss India". Times of India. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Now, postal stamps feature Tanushree Dutta". IndiaFM News Bureau. 14 December 2005. 
  5. ^ "Tanushree Dutta profile". bollywoodgate. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Tanushree Dutta". IMDb. 
  7. ^ "Tanushree ashram hops for two years – The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  8. ^ Vickey Lalwani (25 December 2012). "Going bald doesn't mean I'm celibate: Tanushree". The Times Of India. 
  9. ^ Actress Tanushree Dutta to Return to Bollywood Films. indiawest.com. 29 April 2013
  10. ^ "Tanushree Dutta tonsured Head | Hot Tanushree Dutta Shaved Head". Gulte.com. 15 July 2012
  11. ^ Farhana Farook (11 September 2013) "Moksha is all bullshit" – Tanushree Dutta

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Preceded by
Nikita Anand
Miss India Universe
Succeeded by
Amrita Thapar