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Taapsee Pannu is an Indian model-turned-film actress, who worked in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi film industries. Born in a Punjabi Sikh family, she worked as a software professional and also pursued a career in modelling before becoming an actress.By Navleen Lakhi

brunch Updated: Jul 28, 2013 00:10 IST
Navleen Lakhi
Navleen Lakhi
Hindustan Times

Actress: Taapsee Pannu

Birthday: August 1

Place of Birth: Delhi

College: Mata Jai Kaur Public School, Delhi; Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology, New Delhi

First break: Telegu film Jhummandi Naadam, in 2010

Sun sign: Leo

Hometown: Delhi

High point of your life: Yet to come

Low point of your life: I’m usually happy, so can’t really recall any low point

Currently I am: Doing two Tamil films called Valai and Ganga. I’m soon going to sign a Hindi movie that will go on the floors by October

If you were the editor of a magazine for a day, whom would you put on the cover?: Hrithik Roshan, for obvious reasons. And the picture will be of us both

Your favourite Punjabi slang: Koi na...

Your favourite travel hotspot in north India: I’m not a mountain person but I like Leh a lot, a beautiful valley

A Punjabi dish to die for: Being a sardarni, I love chole bhature!

A Punjabi song you can’t stop humming: Honey Singh’s Angreji Beat and Ashok Masti’s Glassy

Which classic would you have chosen as your debut?: My debut was the remake of a classic — 1981 film Chashme Buddoor

What was the worst part about being in a remake?: Unwanted criticism by those who hadn’t watched the film because they preferred the original Pannu_compressed.jpg

What are the three things you would do if you could?: Eventually, I want to settle abroad, make sure my parents are secure in their old age and then visit the moon

A fashion trend you wish would make a comeback: Short kurtis teamed with Patiala salwars

Your favourite piece of jewellery: Bangles and anklets

Do you believe fairness creams work?: I think they work psychologically, not practically

Three cosmetics you can’t do without: I simply dislike cosmetics. When I’m out and not shooting, I only wear a lip balm

Your favourite cuisine: I love street food from Delhi’s roadside vendors — golgappe, chaat papdi, aloo tikki et al

A song to describe your life: Aaj main upar, aasma niche…

A talent you would love to acquire: To sing beautifully

Which do you prefer—a little black dress or a black sari?: A black sari

What would you wear to a hot date?: A cute, bright and flowy dress

The last line of your autobiography would read: See you back soon!

If you weren’t an actor, you would be: An MBA into marketing

Which colour dominates your wardrobe?: Currently, it’s fuchsia

A language you wish you were: fluent in Telegu and Tamil

You de-stress with: Sleeping and shopping

A body part you would insure: My brain, which I use quite often but which people eat up

The last time you had a bad hair day: I have curly and volumnous hair that I don’t even comb regularly. Most people would think I have a bad hair day everyday

A director you’d give anything to work with: Mani Ratnam

A gadget you can’t do without: I’m a software engineer and a gadget freak. From laptop to hard disks, ear phones to mobile— I can’t do without any of them

If you could jet-set to anywhere in the world, where would it be?: Mars, to see where men came from

Who is your 3 am friend?: My sleep

If you woke up and found you’d turned into a man: I’d probably die of a heart attack. I’m proud to be a woman

What will we find in your fridge?: Chocolates, which people keep gifting me in the belief that I love them like most girls do. As a matter of fact, I don’t like chocolates, teddy bears or flowers.

A movie that always brings a smile to your face: My film, Chashme Baddoor

A film that was part of your childhood: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

The most overrated film: Dil Chahta Hai

The first movie you saw on screen: Chhota Chetan

A film that you have watched over five times: Chak De! India

First Published: Jul 26, 2013 15:09 IST