Tamanna Bhatia was born to Santosh Bhatia and Rajni Bhatia. She did her schooling in Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School, Juhu, Mumbai. She is of Sindhi origin. Tamanna Bhatia started her acting career with a Hindi film, Chand Sa Roshan Chehra that released in early 2005, which remains her only Bollywood release till date. The same year, she debuted in the Telugu cinema as she appeared in the film Sri in which she played the leading female role opposite Manoj Kumar. In 2006, she made her debut in the Tamil film industry, starring in the film Kedi alongside Ravi Krishna and another newcomer Ileana DCruz. She essayed a negative role in the film, which did not do well at the box office. In 2007, she had three releases. After her appearance in the unsuccessful Vyapari, she starred in the Sekhar Kammula-directed Telugu film Happy Days, which received highly positive reviews and became her first major box office success. Her next release was the Tamil drama film Kalloori, directed by Balaji Sakthivel that won her accolades and critical acclaim in Tamil as well. In 2008, she again had three releases, but appeared in cameo roles in two of them. Her 2009 Blockbuster Tamil film Ayan, made her a leading actress.