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OTTplay Awards 2022 - Know Your Winners: Taapsee Pannu wins Best Actor Female - Popular (Film) for Haseen Dillruba

Taapsee Pannu's first Netflix outing was Haseen Dillruba, which was released in 2021. The film, directed by Vinil Mathew, is penned by Kanika Dhillon.

OTTplay Awards 2022 - Know Your Winners: Taapsee Pannu wins Best Actor Female - Popular (Film) for Haseen Dillruba
Taapsee Pannu
  • OTTplay Team

Last Updated: 03.32 AM, Sep 16, 2022


It wasn't a surprise when Taapsee Pannu won the Best Actor Female: Popular (Film) Award for her incredible performance in Haseen Dillruba at the OTTplay Awards 2022. The 2021 Netflix release is directed by Vinil Mathew and written by Kanika Dhillon. The pulp fiction thriller flick also featured Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane in the lead roles. In Haseen Dillruba, Taapsee was well appreciated for her role as Rani, a homemaker with grey shades who has an extramarital affair with her husband's cousin.

About the winner:

The majority of Taapsee Pannu's films are in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. The actor has been a part of the film industry for more than a decade now.

Pannu briefly worked as a model before making her acting debut in the 2010 Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam. She later appeared in the 2011 Tamil film Aadukalam. Chashme Baddoor (2013), a comedy starring David Dhawan, served as her debut Hindi film. Pannu gained attention for her roles in the critically acclaimed and financially successful Hindi spy films Baby (2015) and Pink (2016), after portraying the leading lady in various Telugu and Tamil films. The war drama The Ghazi Attack (2017), the social drama Mulk (2018), the love drama Manmarziyaan (2018), the thriller Badla (2019), and the space drama Mission Mangal (2019) all helped Taapsee Pannu become well-known in Hindi films.

She won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress in 2019 for her portrayal of the elderly sharpshooter Prakashi Tomar in the biopic Saand Ki Aankh, and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 2020 for her performance as a housewife going through a divorce in the drama Thappad, directed by Anubhav Sinha.

Pannu had the lead role in Looop Lapeta this year, an official remake of the 1998 German movie Run Lola Run that debuted on Netflix on February 4 of that same year.

She signed on for the Swaroop RSJ-directed Telugu film Mishan Impossible. After Anando Brahma in 2017, it is her first movie in Telugu. She also appeared in the films Shabaash Mithu, which was based on the life of Mithali Raj, the current Test and ODI captain of the Indian women's national cricket team, and Dobaaraa, her second collaboration with director Anurag Kashyap.


Since 2013, Taapsee Pannu has been winning accolades, be it debutante awards or for her performances in multiple languages. In 2013, the lead actor of her Telugu film, Gundello Godari, won Best Actress at the Santosham Film Awards and TSR-TV9 National Film Awards. In 2014, she won the Edison Award for Most Enthusiastic Performer – Female for Arrambam.

Soon after that, for her fabulous performance in the courtroom drama, Pink, Taapsee was bestowed with the Best Actor (Female) – Jury Special Award at the Jagran Film Festival and Woman Of The Year at IIFA.

She also won the Extraordinary Impact Award – Female for her role in Naam Shabana in 2018. An Excellence in Acting Award was given to Taapsee for her role in Manmarziyaan in 2019.

Then came Saand Ki Aankh, for which she won the Best Actor (Female) Award alongside Bhumi Pednekar at the 65th Filmfare Awards and 26th Screen Awards. She also won for her role in Badla at the Zee Cine Awards.

Finally, for her role in Thappad, Taapsee won the Best Actor (Female) Award at the 66th Filmfare Awards.

Winning Speech:

At the OTTplay Awards 2022, on winning the Best Actor (Female) Popular (Film) Award, Taapsee Pannu shared her happiness by stating, "How much I fought for Rani Kashyap (her character in Haseen Dillruba)! How much I fought with Kanika (Dhillon) to get Rani Kashyap and then after the release with the critics of Rani Kashyap. I would like to say, "Panditji kehte hai, 'Woh amar prem hi kaise jis mein khoon ke halke cheethe na ho.' That's for the love and hate relationship we have. Thank you so much, Netflix, first of all, for plastering Haseen Dillruba all over the country. Thank you Aanand Sir (Aanand L. Rai) for entrusting me with the role of Haseen Dillruba. Thank you, Vinil (Mathew), for adjusting in the three takes that I gave maximum. I will give more in the next film, I promise. Thank you, Kanika, for coming to me with the craziest stuff that comes into your mind. I'm glad I'm your muse for the wackiest things that you write. Thank you, Vikrant (Massey) and Harsh (Harshvardhan Rane), for making me feel like I was really seen on the sets."

Upcoming projects:

Taapsee Pannu's upcoming films include the Tamil films Jana Gana Mana and Alien. Her forthcoming Hindi projects include Blurr, which is her debut as a producer. The film features Gulshan Devaiah as the male lead. Taapsee will also feature in Woh Ladki Hai Kahaan? alongside Pratik Gandhi. She also has Rajkumar Hirani's Dunki opposite Shah Rukh Khan.