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Taapsee Pannu (born 1 August 1987) is an Indian Film actress known for her work in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi films. Taapsee worked as a software professional and 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 K. 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), the comedy Judwaa 2 (2017), the courtroom drama Mulk (2018), the thriller Badla (2019), and the drama Mission Mangal (2019).
Early life and modelling
Taapsee was born on 1 August 1987 in New Delhi. She has a younger sister named Shagun Pannu and plans to launch her into films as well and a younger brother Rajat pannu. 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.
Early life and modelling
Taapsee was born on 1 August 1987 in New Delhi. She is of Punjabi descent. 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".
"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
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 with Akshay Kumar in Neeraj Pandey's film Baby (2015), as undercover agent Shabana Khan. 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.
2016–present: Successful career in Bollywood
Taapsee appeared alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Kirti Kulhari in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's courtroom drama Pink (2016). The feature, as well as her performance, generated positive reviews from critics. With a worldwide revenue of ₹700 million (US$10 million), Pink emerged as a commercial success and received critical acclaim, earning the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues, and Taapsee's performance garnered her a nomination for the Zee Cine Award for Best Actress.
Taapsee's first release of 2017 was the romantic comedy Running Shaadi, followed by the naval war drama The Ghazi Attack, both of which were average grossers. She next reprised her role of Shabana Khan in Naam Shabana—a spin-off of Baby (2015)—with Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Madhurima Tuli, and Manoj Bajpayee. Commercially, the film fared well and collected a total of ₹569 million (US$8.2 million). In her final release of the year, Taapsee collaborated with David Dhawan in the action comedy Judwaa 2—a reboot of Judwaa (1997). The film was about the story of twin brothers (both played by Varun Dhawan) who are separated at their birth but reunite in their youth. Taapsee and Jacqueline Fernandez played the love interests of Dhawan's characters. With grossings of over ₹2 billion (US$29 million), Judwaa 2 emerged as her highest-grossing release.
In 2018, Taapsee appeared in four films, the first of which was the romantic comedy Dil Juunglee, in which she was paired opposite Saqib Saleem. The film generated negative reviews and flopped at the box office. Her next film was the sports drama Soorma, based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh (essayed by Diljit Dosanjh in the film), in which she starred as Harpreet, another hockey player and Singh's love interest. Despite mostly mixed reviews, Soorma was a financial success with earnings of over ₹780 million (US$11 million). Later that year, Taapsee received praise from critics for her portrayal of a lawyer in Anubhav Sinha's moderately successful courtroom drama Mulk. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama called her performance as "fantastic", and she received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics) and the Screen Award for Best Actress (Critics). Taapsee's final release of 2018 was Manmarziyaan, a love triangle set in Punjab and co-starring Vicky Kaushal and Abhishek Bachchan. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Manmarziyaan earned over ₹400 million (US$5.8 million) to emerge as a box office hit, and received positive reviews, with particular praise for her performance. Times of India called her performance as the best in her career. Taapsee eventually received a nomination for the Screen Award for Best Actress.
In 2019, Taapsee starred in Sujoy Ghosh's mystery thriller Badla, which featured her as Naina Sethi, a businesswoman wrongfully framed for her secret lover's murder. The film, which marked her second collaboration with Amitabh Bachchan, proved to be a major commercial success grossing over ₹1.38 billion (US$20 million) worldwide. Taapsee then returned to Kollywood after a four-year sabbatical by featuring in the bilingual thriller Game Over. The film received positive reviews, but failed to find a wide audience. Her next release was Mission Mangal, a film based on the contribution of the Mars Orbiter Mission, that marked India's first interplanetary expedition. She featured alongside an ensemble cast including Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, and Sharman Joshi, in this Jagan Shakti's drama film.
As of August 2019, Taapsee has two upcoming Bollywood films slated to be released in 2019. She will be seen playing the real-life character of sharpshooter Prakashi Tomar in Tushar Hiranandani's biographical drama Saand Ki Aankh, slated for October release. Next she is featuring in Prakash Raj's directorial debut Tadka, a remake of the 2011 Malayalam blockbuster Salt N' Pepper.
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".