Tamannaah was born on 21 December 1989 to Santhosh and Rajani Bhatia in Bombay. She completed her schooling in Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School, Mumbai. In 2005, she debuted in acting with the Bollywood film Chand Sa Roshan Chehra and featured in the Abhijeet Sawant album song “Lafzon main” from the album Aapka Abhijeet. Tamannaah made her Telugu film debut in Sri in 2005. Subsequently, she worked for Tamil films like Ayan (2009), Paiyaa (2010), Siruthai (2011), Veeram (2014), Dharma Durai (2016), Devi (2016), Sketch (2018).
In 2007, Tamannaah got her breakthrough with Sekhar Kammula’s Happy Days and Balaji Sakthivel’s Kalloori. She continued to feature in successful Telugu films like Rebel, Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu, Baahubali, Bengal Tiger, Naa… Nuvve, Next Enti?, F2 – Fun and Frustration, That Is Mahalakshmi and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. She has won several accolades including SIIMA awards for best Telugu actress for Tadakha, Cinema awards for best actress for 100%love. She is the recipient of the Dayawati Modi Award in 2017. She was bestowed with an honorary doctorate from CIAC, in alliance with KEISIE International University, South Korea for her contributions to Indian cinema. Being one of the highest paid actresses in south cinema, she has acted in 60 films in three different languages. She became the first actress from India to be nominated at Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress.
Tamannaah also delivered moderate hits in Bollywood with films such as Himmatwala (2013), Humshakals (2014), Entertainment (2014) and Tutak Tutak Tutiya (2016).
Some of her notable films include:
- Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu
- Bengal Tiger
- F2 – Fun and Frustration
In March 2015, Tamannaah became a brand ambassador for channel Zee Telugu. In January 2016 Tamannaah was appointed as the brand ambassador of the Government of India’s campaign Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. In 2018, a fan expressed his displeasure on the actress for not working enough in Telugu films. He hurled shoes at her during her visit at the inauguration of a jewellery store. The fan was later handed over to the police.