Tapati Ghosh was born in Jorasanko, Kolkata on May 3rd, 1933. Her real name was Pratima. She was named Tapati while she was shooting for the film “Jhakmani” in 1953. Tapati’s father was Sachindranath Bose and mother Sobha Bose. Her mother died when she was only 13 years old. So from the early teens she had to bear most of the family pressure. She was a student of Kamala Girls School but had to leave her studies due to her family problems. She got her first break in the film “Mahaprasthaner Pathe” directed by Kartik Chattopadhay, but her first film was released “Patri Chai” in 1952 directed by Sushil Majumdar. Her debut in stage acting was in a drama “Door Bhasini” in Rangamahal Theatre. In drama “Arghya Niketan” she acted in the lead role and her acting was highly acclaimed. She also acted in “Khudha” in Biswapura Theatre. Her last stage appearance was in drama “Ferrari Fouj” in Minerva Theatres. Her major film appearances were in films like “Sabar Upore”, “Sakher Ghore”, “Shap Mochon”, “Chitrakumar Sabha”, “Sagarika”, “Nishi Padma”, “Baba Taraknath” etc.
She first married Sachchinanda Ghosh in 1953. Her second husband was football player Badru Bandopadhay.