Taapsee Pannu who is known as Tapsi is a South Indian film actress who has appeared in Tamil and Telugu and Kannada films. She was born on the 1st of August, 1987 to a Punjabi Sikh background from the city of Ludhiana, Punjab. She pursued her education from the well known Mata Jai Kaur Public School situated in Delhi. Following this, she graduated in the field of computer science from the prestigious Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology situated in New Delhi and soon after obtaining her graduation degree she started working in the domain of software development. One of her contributions in the field of software development was an application made for iPhone by the name of ‘fontswap’.
Appearing in several commercials, Taapsee also won Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face and Safi Femina Miss Beautiful Skin, during her modelling days. She started modelling before becoming an actress. She got the opportunity to showcase her modelling skills in the talent show hosted by Channel [V] called ‘Get Gorgeous’. During the time she had been modelling, Taapsee Pannu appeared in various television advertisements and at the Femina Miss India contest in 2008, she had also been bestowed with many titles such as ‘Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face’ title as well as the ‘Safi Femina Miss Beautiful Skin’ title.
Apart from advertisements, Taapsee Pannu had also made her place on the front cover pages of magazines like MaaStars and Just For Women. She had this eagerness within her to gain recognition and proper merit through modelling, which was not happening much then. Soon enough, she gave up modelling and decided to go for films. Tapasee Pannu with her looks and bubbly attitude stole the hearts of many through her dance performances, during her college days.
Tapasee was first spotted by Director Vetrimaran, opposite to actor Dhanush in his movie “Aadukalam” but her debut with a Tollywood film ‘JhummandiNaadam’, a romantic musical directed by K.Raghavendra Rao and starring Taapsee Pannu along with Manoj Manchu, Suman and Mohan Babu. Even before this film got released, Taapsee got another three offers in the Telugu film industry. Her very first Tamil film was a film called ‘Aadukalam’, directed by Vetrimaran. Here, she enacted the character of an Anglo Indian girl who falls in love with Dhanush. At the 58th National Film Award ceremony, this film went on to grab 6 National Film Awards and Taapsee Pannu’s performance in the film was highly appreciated by all.
In the year 2011, she shared the screen space with Vishnu Manchu in the Telegu film “VastaduNaaRaju” directed by Hemanth Madhukar. Next up, she starred in the Sohan Seenulal directed Malayalam film called “Doubles in 2011. That same year, she did a small role in the Dasaradh directed “Mr. Perfect” where he starred alongside Kajal Aggarwal and Prabhas. Again in 2011, she appeared in the high budget flick “Veera’” directed by Ramesh Verma but this film received only moderate reviews. Her next project was the Tamil film titled “VandhaanVendraan” directed by R. Kannan. This film did not create much of an impact at the box office. After ‘VandhaanVendraan’, she signed up for the Krishna Vamsi directed “Mogudu” opposite Gopichand in which she received lots of appreciation for her performance in this film.
Her next film is a bilingual flick which is titled in Telugu as “GundelloGodari” and Tamil as "MaranthenMannithen” the film didn’t received good response at the box office. She made her Bollywood debut through “Chashme Baddoor” where she shares the screen with Siddharth and Rishi Kapoor. The film is a remake of the 1981 film with the same title. But the film bombarded at box office and she received negative response for her role by critics. Her recent release with Victory Venkatesh “Shadow” was also added one more flop in Taapsee career. Currently she is working for Telugu film “Sahasam” which salted to release soon and Tamil film “Valai”. She also signed a biligula films “Muni 3” which would be a sequel of “Muni” this film will release Telugu and Tamil and shooting will start soon.
Some of the brands which she used to endorse after she had become a model were Vardhman, World Gold Council, Havells, Airtel, Dabur, Tata Docomo, Pantaloon, Standard Chartered Bank, Motorola, PVR Cinemas, Coca-Cola, Reliance Trends, UniStyle Image and Red FM. She has also been featured on the cover of some magazines such as Just for Women and Maa Stars