Taapsee Pannu is an Indian Actress and Model, who works in the South Indian film industry, and Bollywood films.
Taapsee was born on 1 August 1987 in New Delhi into a Jat Sikh family. She has a sister named Shagun Pannu and plans to launch her into films as well. 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 like 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.
After a short stint with modelling, Taapsee made her acting debut with the 2010 Telugu film ‘Jhummandi Naadam’ directed by 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 a Hindi film. She was awarded Most Enthusiastic Performer-Female Award at the 2014 Edison Awards for her performance in Tamil film ‘Arrambam’ (2013). In 2015, she starred in the critically and commercially successful film ‘Baby’. In 2016, she played a lead role in ‘Pink’, then bilingual submarine film Ghazi, directed by debutant Sankalp. She is also working on Prakash Raj’s Hindi directorial debut Tadka.