Taapsee Pannu (born 1 August 1987) is an 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 film , directed by . Since then, she has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films such as , and . Her film Aadukalam won six at the . She has also worked in a film and has been signed on for three Telugu films and several films. She was awarded Most Enthusiastic Performer-Female Award at the for her performance in the Tamil film (2013). In 2015, she starred in the critically and commercially successful film . She went on to star in the drama (2016), the (2017), and the comedy (2017).

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Early life and modelling[]

Taapsee was born on 1 August 1987 in . She has a sister named Shagun Pannu and plans to launch her into films as well. She did her schooling at the in , . After completing her graduation in from the in , she worked as a . She became a full-time model after she auditioned and was selected for 's talent show , 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 contest. As a model, she endorsed brands such as , , UniStyle Image, , , , , , , , , , and . 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 at the launch of Malabar's New Jewellery Range, 2011

Taapsee made her cinematic debut in 2010 with 's romantic musical . She played the role of the daughter of a –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 (2011), marked her debut in . She played the role of an girl falling in love with a rural man played by . The film, set in the backdrop of , revolves around . It was critically acclaimed and proceeded to win six at the ceremony. Speaking about her role, a reviewer from 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 (2011), opposite . She made a foray into later that year, with (2011), opposite and . Paresh C Palicha of 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 (2011). In it, she acted alongside and and the film was a moderate success. She starred in a high budget film titled (2011), opposite and Kajal Aggarwal, which received moderate reviews. She was next seen in her second Tamil film , that fetched mixed reviews and did not fare well at the box office. Her next film was 's where she acted as a traditional Telugu girl opposite and garnered critical acclaim for her performance. She worked on the Tamil–Telugu bilingual —titled Maranthen Mannithen in Tamil— apart from and . She also made her Bollywood debut through where she shares the screen with , , and . The film is a remake of the . Taapsee was also approached to the voice of Hollywood actress in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions of the film , but declined the offer due to her prior commitments. In later 2013, she was seen in the big budget action thriller co-starring and . She was awarded Most Enthusiastic Performer–Female Award at the for her performance in the film.

After a year without releases, she starred with in 's film (2015), as an undercover agent. Later, she had two Tamil releases, the horror comedy , opposite and 's , which featured her in a special appearance. Her upcoming films include the Hindi films Running Shaadi.com, alongside , and Agra Ka Daabraa, by Amit Roy and a Tamil film to be directed by .

2016–present[]

After finishing Baby, Taapsee joined 's next film, titled , and the bilingual , directed by debutant Sankalp. She is also working on ’s Hindi directorial debut . She next played the title role in the film , a from . Later, Taapsee worked in –directed .

In 2018, she will star opposite in Sujoy Ghosh's remake of the Spanish film . She also starred in Soorma as hockey player Harpreet opposite .

Personal life[]

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". Since late 2013, she has been in a relationship with Danish player .

Filmography[]

Key Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released

Awards and nominations[]

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