|Real Name:||Taapsee Pannu|
|Birthplace:||New Delhi, India|
Taapsee Pannu (born 1 August 1987) is an Indian actress who works primarily in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil language films. She is the recipient of two Filmfare Awards. After a brief modeling career, Pannu made her acting debut with the 2010 Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam and acted in the 2011 Tamil film Aadukalam. She made her Hindi film debut with David Dhawan’s comedy Chashme Baddoor (2013). After playing the leading lady in several Telugu and Tamil films, Pannu gained notice for her performances in the Hindi spy film Baby (2015) and the courtroom drama Pink (2016), both critical and commercial successes.
Pannu gained prominence in Hindi cinema with the war drama The Ghazi Attack (2017), the social drama Mulk (2018), the romantic drama Manmarziyaan (2018), and the thriller Badla (2019), and the space drama Mission Mangal (2019). For portraying the septuagenarian sharpshooter Prakash Tomar in the biopic Saand Ki Aankh (2019), she won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and for playing a homemaker going through a divorce in Anubhav Sinha‘s drama Thappad (2020), she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Apart from acting, Pannu runs an event management company called The Wedding Factory. She also owns the badminton franchise Pune 7 Aces, which plays in the Premier Badminton League.
Taapsee Pannu Biography
1 August 1987
New Delhi, India
|Alma mater||Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology|
Early life (Taapsee Pannu Biography)
Taapsee Pannu was born on 1 August 1987 in New Delhi to Dilmohan Singh Pannu and Nirmaljeet. She is a Jat Sikh. Her father is a retired real estate agent, while her mother is a homemaker. She also has a younger sister, Shagun. She did her schooling at the Mata Jai Kaur Public School in Ashok Vihar and studied Computer Science Engineering at the Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology.
After graduating, Pannu worked as a software engineer. She became a full-time model after she auditioned and was selected for Channel V’s 2008 talent show Get Gorgeous, which eventually led her to act. Pannu has been appearing in numerous print and television commercials and won several titles during her modeling 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. After a few years, she lost interest in modeling as she thought she could never gain proper recognition through modeling, but only through films, and finally decided to act.
Career (Taapsee Pannu Biography)
2010–2015: Early work
Pannu made her cinematic debut in 2010 with K. Raghavendra Rao’s romantic musical Jhummandi Naadam. She played the role of the daughter of the USA–a based millionaire who comes to India to research traditional Telugu music. Pannu got three more offers in Telugu before 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 won six National Film Awards at the 58th National Film Awards. 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. Later that year, she made a foray into Malayalam cinema 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.”
After a year without a release, she was noted for her supporting role in 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.
2016–2019: Breakthrough in Hindi films
While filming for Running Shaadi, Pannu was approached by Shoojit Sircar for the courtroom drama Pink. She was “curious and excited” about the subject as it had not “been dealt with head-on yet in mainstream cinema.” The film also starred Amitabh Bachchan, Kirti Kulhari, and Andrea Tariang, followed by three girls who fought a case against a politician’s nephew for molestation. The film and Pannu’s performance received positive reviews. Rajeev Masand noted that Pannu and the other two ladies “deliver natural performances as strong but emotionally vulnerable women, without a hint of affectation.” Pink emerged as a commercial success with worldwide revenue of ₹1.08 billion (US$14 million). Pannu later said that the film was a turning point in her career.
After playing the role of an antagonist in the Telugu action thriller Neevevaro, Pannu played the central role of Rumi Bagga, a free-spirited girl caught in a love triangle, in Anurag Kashyap‘s romantic drama Manmarziyaan alongside Abhishek Bachchan and Vicky Kaushal. The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival to a positive critical reception, including for Pannu’s performance. Anupama Chopra called her performance “mercurial and mysterious and maddening”: “With her cloud of red hair enveloping her, Rumi seems, continues to be a woman on the warpath.” The same year, she also acted in two short films: Baarish Aur Chowmein and Nitishastra.
2019–present: Established actress
Pannu had a string of releases in 2019, the first being Sujoy Ghosh’s mystery thriller Badla, an official remake of the 2016 Spanish film The Invisible Guest. It also marked her second collaboration with Amitabh Bachchan. She was initially offered a supporting role, and the film had a male lead. Pannu convinced the producer to have the lead role played by a female, which he agreed on, and offered her the role. Badla met with positive reviews, as did Pannu’s performance as Naina Sethi, a shrewd businesswoman. In her review of the film, film critic Namrata Joshi mentioned that Pannu is “in fine form”; the film met with strong box-office results.
In July 2021, she signed the Telugu film Mishan Impossible directed by Swaroop RSJ. It was her comeback film in the Telugu film industry after Anando Brahma in 2017. The film is slated to release on 1 April 2022. She has completed working on Dobaaraa, her second collaboration with director Anurag Kashyap and a film directed by Srijit Mukherji, based on the life of current Test and ODI captain of the India women’s national cricket team, Mithali Raj, titled Shabaash Mithu.
In the media
Pannu featured in Forbes India’s list of Celebrity 100 in 2018 at 67th position with an estimated income of ₹15.48 crore (US$1.9 million). She was featured for a second time in 2019, ranking 68th. In 2017, she was featured in the magazine’s 30 Under 30 list. She was ranked in The Times Most Desirable Women at No. 36 in 2019 at No. 23 in 2020.
Pannu runs an event management company called The Wedding Factory which she manages along with her sister Shagun and friend Farah Parvaresh. In 2018, she bought the badminton franchise Pune 7 Aces which plays in the Premier Badminton League.
In 2019, Pannu raised awareness about children’s health and gender parity on Twitter with the hashtag #WhyTheGap. Pannu has also served as the brand ambassador for Uber, Garnier, Nivea, Kurkure, and Women’s Horlicks.
Accolades (Taapsee Pannu Biography)
|2013||Santosham Film Awards||Best Actress (Jury)||Gundello Godari||Won|
|South African Film and Television Awards||Debut Actor of the Year – Female||Won|
|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|
|2017||Stardust Awards||Best Actor (Female)||Pink||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|
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Woman Of The Year||Won|
|2018||Zee Cine Awards||Best Actress (Jury Choice)||Naam Shabana||Nominated|
|Extraordinary Impact Award – Female||Won|
|2019||Screen Awards||Best Actress||Manmarziyaan||Nominated|
|Best Actress (Critics)||Mulk||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor – Female (Viewers’ Choice)||Nominated|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Actress (Critics)||Nominated|
|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||Best Actress (Critics)||Won|
|26th Screen Awards||Best Actress (Critics)||Won|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Actress (Critics)||Won|
|21st IIFA Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards||Best Actress||Game Over||Won|
|2021||66th Filmfare Awards||Best Actress||Thappad||Won|
|Best Actress (Critics)||Nominated|
|2022||22nd IIFA Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|