• Birthday: 23. September 1943
  • Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
  • Awards: 1969 - Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Paisa ya Pyar, 2013 - Best Actress Award for Marathi Movie Pitur Roon at the 20th Life OK Screen Award, 2014 - Lifetime Achievement Honour at Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Award, 2014 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award


Tanuja Mukherjee (nee Samarth), popularly known as Tanuja, is an Indian film actress. She is the mother of Hindi film actresses, Kajol and Tanisha, and is most remembered for her roles in Hindi films like Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966), Jewel Thief, Haathi Mere Saathi (1971), and Anubhav (1971). Simultaneously she appeared in Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati films like, Zaakol, Pitruroon (Marathi), Naari tu Narayani'(Gujarati), and several Bengali films such as Antony Phiringee, Deya Neya, Teen Bhuvaner Parey (1969), Prothom Kadam Phool, and Rajkumari.

Tanuja was born in a Marathi family of four children,three daughters and a son, as Tanuja Samarth to poet Kumarsen Samarth and his wife Shobhna Samarth. Kumarsen was a director and cinematographer. Tanuja's parents parted amicably while she was still a child, and Shobhana became linked to actor Motilal. Shobhana produced debut films for Tanuja and her older sister, Nutan. She has two other sisters Chatura, an artist, and Reshma, neither of whom took to acting. Nutan's son, Mohnish Behl is also an actor as are Tanuja's daughters Kajol and Tanisha Mukherjee. Kajol is married to actor Ajay Devgan.