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Pannu at the 2017 IIFA Awards
|Born|| 1 August 1987 |
New Delhi, India
Taapsee Pannu (born 1 August 1987) is an Indian actress who works primarily in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil-language films. Her accolades include a Filmfare Award and she has appeared in Forbes India 's Celebrity 100 list since 2018.
Pannu made her acting debut with the 2010 Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam and then starred in the 2011 films Aadukalam , Vastadu Naa Raju and Mr. Perfect . In 2013, she appeared in the Tamil film Arrambam and made her Hindi film debut with the successful comedy Chashme Baddoor . She went on to star in several commercially successful Hindi films, including the courtroom drama Pink (2016), the war drama The Ghazi Attack (2017), the action comedy Judwaa 2 (2017), the mystery thriller Badla (2019) and the space drama Mission Mangal (2019). For portraying the septuagenarian sharpshooter Prakashi Tomar in the biopic Saand Ki Aankh (2019), she won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress.
Taapsee was born on 1 August 1987in New Delhi. to Dilmohan Singh Pannu and Nirmaljeet. 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.
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 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.
Taapsee appeared alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Kirti Kulhari in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury's courtroom drama Pink (2016). With a worldwide revenue of ₹1.08 billion (US$15 million), Pink emerged as a commercial success and received critical acclaim, earning the National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues; Pannu'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$8.0 million). In her final release of the year, Taapsee collaborated with David Dhawan in the action comedy Judwaa 2 , a reboot of 1997 comedy Judwaa , about the story of twin brothers (both played by Varun Dhawan) who are separated at their birth but reunite in their youth. She and Jacqueline Fernandez played the love interests of Dhawan's characters. The movie became a major commercial success with earnings of more than ₹1.35 billion (US$19 million) in India.
2018 was a critically and commercially unsuccessful year in Taapsee's career as her all four releases– Dil Juunglee , Soorma , Mulk and Manmarziyaan –underperformed at the box office. However, her portrayal of a lawyer in Anubhav Sinha's Mulk was critically praised, earning her a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress nomination. She began 2019 by playing a businesswoman in Sujoy Ghosh's mystery thriller Badla , which marked her second collaboration with Amitabh Bachchan. The film was successful at the box office grossing over ₹1.3 billion (US$18 million) worldwide. Her second release was the drama Game Over , a bilingual film in Tamil and Telugu. She next played a devoted wife who cares for her army husband as a nurse despite first fulfilling her dream of becoming a scientist in the Jagan Shakti-directed Mission Mangal , a space drama about the contribution of the scientists to India's 2013 Mars Orbiter Mission. The film received generally positive response; many critics opined that she gives a "more challenging" performance in her career. With a domestic collection of over ₹2 billion (US$28 million), Mission Mangal proved Taapsee's biggest success and one of the highest-grossing Indian films. Her final 2019 film was Tushar Hiranandani's biographical film Saand Ki Aankh , co-starring Bhumi Pednekar, in which she played sharpshooter Prakashi Tomar. Though it was commercially unsuccessful at the box office, her performance was positively reviewed. She was nominated for her second consecutive Filmfare Critics Best Actress Award and won both the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and the Screen Award for Best Actress (Critics).
Anubhav Sinha's female-oriented drama Thappad (2020), about a woman filing divorce after her husband slaps her, marked Taapsee's first film release of 2020.Co-starring Pavail Gulati, it received positive response and was moderately successful. She will star in the murder mystery Haseen Dillruba opposite Vikrant Massey, the Tamil-language spy thriller Janaganamana opposite Jayam Ravi, the athletic drama Rashmi Rocket opposite Aparshakti Khurana and the sports biopic Shabaash Mithu as cricketer Mithali Raj. In addition, Taapsee will team up with Tahir Raj Bhasin for the drama Looop Lapeta.
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". Taapsee is said to have dated badminton player Mathias Boe.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|Vastadu Naa Raju||Pooja||Telugu|
|2014||Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||Herself||Tamil||Cameo appearance|
|Vai Raja Vai||Shreya||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|The Ghazi Attack||Ananya||Hindi|
|Naam Shabana||Shabana Khan||Hindi|
|Anando Brahma||Unnamed ghost||Telugu|
|Judwaa 2||Samaara Deshpande||Hindi|
|2018||Dil Juunglee||Koroli Nair||Hindi|
|Mission Mangal||Kritika Aggarwal||Hindi|
|Saand Ki Aankh||Prakashi Tomar||Hindi|
| Haseen Dillruba ||Rani Kashyap||Hindi||Filming|
|2021||Jana Gana Mana||TBA||Tamil||Post production|
|2018||Baarish aur Chowmein||Neelu||Hindi||ZEE5|
|Nitishastra||Roshni||Hindi||Long Short Films|
|2011||South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Female Debutant – Tamil||Aadukalam||Nominated||[ citation needed ]|
|2012||Vijay Award||Favourite Heroine||Nominated|
|Best Debut Actress||Nominated|
|Filmfare Awards South||Best Supporting Actress – Telugu||Mr. Perfect||Nominated||[ citation needed ]|
|Santosham Film Awards||Best Actress (Jury)||Won|
|2013||BIG Star Entertainment Awards||Most Entertaining Actor Debut – Female||Chashme Baddoor||Nominated||[ citation needed ]|
|South African Film and Television Awards||Debut Actor of the Year – Female||Won|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated||[ citation needed ]|
|TSR – TV9 National Film Awards||Best Actress||Mogudu||Won|
|2014||Edison Awards||Most Enthusiastic Performer-Female Award||Arrambam||Won|
|Filmfare Awards South||Best Supporting Actress – Tamil||Nominated|
|South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Tamil||Nominated|
|2016||Lux Golden Rose Awards||Rising Star Of The Year||Pink||Won|
|2017||Hindustan Times India's Most Stylish 2017||Breakthrough Performer Of The Year (Female)||N/A||Won|
|Stardust Awards||Best Actor(Female)||Pink||Nominated|
|Screen Awards||Best Actress||Nominated||[ citation needed ]|
|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|
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Woman Of The Year||Won|
|Lux Golden Rose Awards||Power Packed Performer Of The Year Award||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Beauty Of The Year||Naam Shabana||Won|
|2018||Zee Cine Awards||Best Actress (Jury Choices)||Nominated|
|Extraordinary Impact Award – Female||Won|
|GeoSpa AsiaSpa Awards||Best Actress Critics||Won|
|Streaming Awards||Best Actress||Nitishastra||Won|
|Lokmat Most Stylish Awards||Most Stylish Youth Icon (Female)||N/A||Won|
|Hindustan Times India's Most Stylish 2018||Rising Star of Style||N/A||Won|
|Lux Golden Rose Awards||Breakthrough Beauty Of The Year||Manmarziyaan||Won|
|2019||News18 Reel Movie Awards||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Nominated|
|BizAsia Online Awards 2019||Best Actor-Female||Nominated|
|Critic Choice Film Award 2019||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Screen Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Best Actress (Critics)||Mulk||Nominated|
|Jashn-E-Youngistan Awards||Best Actor -Female||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor - Female (Viewers' Choice)||Nominated|
|Filmfare Awards||Critics Award Best Actress||Nominated|
|News18 Reel Movie Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|BizAsia Online Awards 2019||Best Actor-Female||Nominated|
|Femina Beauty Awards||Style and Substance||N/A||Won|
|Hindustan Times India's Most Stylish 2019||Style Trailblazer||N/A||Won|
|GQ Style & Culture Awards 2019||Excellence in Acting||Manmarziyaan||Won|
|Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2019||Jodi Kamaal Ki Award (Shared with Bhumi Pednekar)||Saand Ki Aankh||Won|
|2020||65th Filmfare Awards||Critics Award for Best Actress||Won|
|26th Screen Awards||Best Actress (Critics)||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor – Female||Won|
|21st IIFA Awards||Best Actress||Pending|
|Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards||Best Actress||Game Over||Won|
|Critics' Choice Film Awards||Best Actor – Female||Nominated|
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