Taapsee Pannu initially wanted to be a full-time model and never thought of acting. However, 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 completing her computer science engineering from the Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology in New Delhi, she worked as a software engineer. Taapsee has developed “fontswap”, an application for the iPhone. She also worked as a full-time model, which eventually led her to acting. Taapsee has appeared in several print and Television commercials, and won titles such as “Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face” and “Safi Femina Miss Beautiful Skin” during her modelling days. As a model, she had endorsed brands like Reliance Trends, Red FM, 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 some of the leading magazines. Taapsee has sister named Shagun Pannu
Taapsee made her cinematic debut in 2010 with K. Raghavendra Rao’s romantic-musical Jhummandi Naadam. 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 guy played by Dhanush. The film set in the backdrop of cock fight prevailing in villages adjacent to Madurai. The film was critically acclaimed and proceeded to win six National Film Awards at the 58th National Film Awards. She returned to the Telugu film industry with Vastadu Naa Raju where she starred opposite Vishnu Manchu. She made a foray into the Malayalam film industry later that year, through Doubles opposite Mammootty.