Tanuja was born in Bombay on 23 September 1943.
Tanuja started her career as a child artist in the movie Hamari Beti (1950). And her career as an actress started with the movie chhabili(1960), at the age of 17 years. She is one of those actresses who doesn’t stop her career in bollywood. The turning point of her career was the movies like bhoot bungla(1965), jeene ki raah(1969),Paisa yaa Pyaar(1969), haati mere saathi(1971) . Her performances in the movies like Rules: Pyar ka superhit Formula(2003) Khaki (2004), are still appreciated. She got the hits like Bhoot Bungla, Jeene Ki raah, Paisa ya Pyaar, Haathi mere Saathi, etc. and still working and giving her best performances, but still she is not recognised as a superstar. Her last movie was Deewar(2004).after that she didn’t work in any other movie. In 1995, she played a small role in the movie Kalyug ke Avtaar as a computer operator.
Tanuja’s both the daughters, Kajol & Tanisha are actresses in Bolywood. Tanuja’s eldest daughter, kajol married with the actor Ajay Devgan. Tanuja is the sister of actress Nutan. She got married in 1973 with Mr. Shomu Mukherjee, who passed away in April, 2008