Poonam Dhillon

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Poonam Dhillon
Poonam Dhillon at the ‘Celebrating Vivaha’ exhibition.jpg
Dhillon in 2015
Born (1962-04-18) 18 April 1962 (age 57)
Years active1978– present
Spouse(s)Ashok Thakeria (1988–1997)

Poonam Dhillon (born 18 April 1962) is an Indian Hindi-language film, theatre and TV actress and politician. A former Femina Miss India (1977),[1] she is best known for her 1979 film Noorie and for her six films with Rajesh Khanna; Red Rose, Dard, Nishaan, Zamana, Awam (from 1980 to 1987) and Jai Shiv Shankar (1990). Romance (1983), Sohni Mahiwal (1984), Teri Meherbaniyan (1985) Samundar (1986), Saveray Wali Gaadi (1986), Karma (1986), Naam (1986), Maalamaal (1988) are her other popular films.

Dhillon participated in Bigg Boss in 2009 and was seen playing the lead role of Sharda Modi in the Sony TV series Ekk Nayi Pehchaan in 2013, she has done Theater, starting with award winning " The perfect Husband " since then does many more plays - currently doing " The Perfect Wife "which has 20+ shows in Usa , Dubai etc


The first time Dhillon gained fame was when she got crowned Miss Young India 1978 at the age of 16.[2]

Director Yash Chopra noticed her and offered her a role in the film Trishul (1978) where she performed in the hit song "Gapoochi Gapoochi Gum Gum" with co-star Sachin Pilgaonkar.[3][4] Chopra then gave her the title role in Noorie (1979), which he produced. For this, Dhillon was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Subsequently, she did about 90 films in Hindi, including Sohni Mahiwal, Red Rose, Teri Kasam, Dard, Nishana, Yeh Vaada Raha, Samunder, Romance, Kasam, and Sitamgar, she was often paired with Rajesh Khanna[5] and together, they performed in Dard, Nishaan, Zamana, Awam, Red Rose (1980 film) and Jai Shiv Shankar.[6] She featured in six films opposite Rajesh Khanna,[7] she did a cameo in Judaai as a favour to producer Boney Kapoor after Juhi Chawla dropped out.

She also appeared in regional films such as Nyay Danda (Bengali), Yuddha Kaanda (Kannada), Ishtam (Telugu) and Yavarum Nalam (Tamil), 13B: Fear has a new address (Hindi).

Dhillon was a contestant on Season 3 of Bigg Boss aired on Colors TV in 2009, she ended up as the second runner-up on the show.[8] Her big comeback on Indian television in a lead role was with the serial Ekk Nayi Pehchaan on Sony TV in 2013 where she played the uneducated yet ideal wife of a rich businessman.[9]

She has been in the Hindi theater production The Perfect Husband, which won the best comedy play award in 2005 and which completed a Golden Jubilee run, she then did another play The Perfect Wife co-starring Sooraj Thapar and Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi with Asif Sheikh. She was also seen in a play called U Turn which is the Hindi version of a Marathi play.[10]

Dhillon ventured into the make-up van business, pioneering the concept in the Indian film industry, she runs a make-up van company called "Vanity."[11]

Personal life[edit]

Dhillon was born on 18 April 1962, in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, her father Amreek Singh was an aeronautical engineer in the Indian Air Force and would often get transferred. Her mother was a school principal and both her siblings are doctors. Poonam was quite studious growing up and aspired to become a doctor.[11][12][13] Poonam attended Carmel Convent in Chandigarh for schooling and did her graduation after joining films at age 16.[14] In 2013, she was pursuing an MBA in International Business.[15]

Dhillon has a daughter Palomi[16] and a son Anmol.[17]

Activism and Politics[edit]

She has been very active with social causes like drug awareness, AIDS awareness, family planning and organ donation.[11]

She has been a prominent speaker at the SAARC business summits in Kathmandu and Delhi and was appointed cultural ambassador,[18] she was also a speaker at the MINDMINE event.[19] In 2012, she along with other celebrities participated in a show supporting the "Save and Empower the Girl Child" cause in collaboration with Lilavati Hospital.[20][21]

In 2014, she launched an event management and film production company called "Poetic Justice Films and Entertainment Pvt. Ltd." with industrialist Aneel Murarka and choreographer Samir Tanna.[22]

In 2017, Dhillon was appointed as one of four members to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, which is the official body for appeals against decisions of the Central Board of Film Certification in the Indian film industry.[23]

Dhillon joined the Bhartiya Janta Party in 2004 and was appointed Vice President of the Mumbai unit of the party in 2019.[24][25]


Poonam Dhillon at Sandesh Mayekar's daughter Shivani's wedding reception at Mahalaxmi Race Course


Year Film Role(s) Director Language Notes
2019 Jai Mummy Di Mummy Navjyot Gulati Hindi [26][27]
2014 Double Di Trouble Pammi Smeep Kang Punjabi [28]
2013 Ramaiya Vastavaiya Ashwini Prabhu Deva Hindi [29]
2011 Kunasathi Kunitari Rekha Sahay, Nitin Jagdish Marathi
2011 Miley Naa Miley Hum Shalini S. Mehra Tanveer Khan Hindi
2009 Dil Bole Hadippa! Yamini Singh Anurag Singh Hindi
2009 13B Manohar's mother Vikram Kumar Hindi
2001 Ishtam Lakshmi Vikram Kumar, Raj Kumar Telugu
1997 Judaai Nisha (Guest appearance) Raj Kanwar Hindi
1997 Mahaanta Shanti Kapoor Afzal Khan Hindi
1992 Virodhi Rajkumar Kohli Hindi
1991 Deshwasi Raksha Rajiv Goswami Hindi
1991 Jhoothi Shaan Ganga Ranjan Bose Hindi
1991 Qurbani Rang Layegi Poonam Raj N. Sippy Hindi
1990 Jai Shiv Shankar S.A. Chandrasekhar Hindi
1990 Amiri Garibi Rani Narayan Harmesh Malhotra Hindi
1990 Atishbaz Mukhtar Ahmed Hindi
1990 Pathar Ke Insan Lata Rai Shomu Mukherjee Hindi
1990 Police Public Karuna Arun Sharma Esmayeel Shroff Hindi
1989 Yuddha Kaanda Sunita K.V. Raju Kannada
1989 Batwara Rajendra's wife J.P. Dutta Hindi
1989 Abhimanyu Tulsi/Miss California 'Kelly' Tony Juneja Hindi
1989 Galiyon Ka Badshah Madhu Sher Jung Singh Hindi
1989 Hisaab Khoon Ka Anupriya Surendra Mohan Hindi
1989 Saaya Supriya Keshu Ramsay Hindi
1988 Hum Farishte Nahin Sunita Jatin Kumar Hindi
1988 Kasam Savi Umesh Mehra Hindi
1988 Maalamaal Poonam Malhotra Kewal Sharma Hindi
1988 Sone Pe Suhaaga Shraddha K. Bapaiah Hindi
1987 Himmat Aur Mehanat Sharda K. Bapaiah Hindi
1987 Awam Sushma Baldev Raj Chopra Hindi
1987 Mard Ki Zabaan Lata K. Bapaiah Hindi
1986 Avinash Dr. Sapna Umesh Mehra Hindi
1986 Dosti Dushmani Lata T. Rama Rao Hindi
1986 Ek Chadar Maili Si Raaji Sukhwant Dhadda Hindi
1986 Karma Tulsi Subhash Ghai Hindi
1986 Khel Mohabbat Ka Lily/Shyamoli Satish Duggal Hindi
1986 Naam Seema Rai Mahesh Bhatt Hindi
1986 Palay Khan Zuleykha Khan Ashim Samanta Hindi
1986 Samundar Anjali Rahul Rawail Hindi
1986 Saveray Wali Gaadi Jyoti Bharathiraaja Hindi
1985 Bepanaah Radha Malhotra Jagdish Sidana Hindi
1985 Geraftaar Anuradha Saxena Prayag Raaj Hindi
1985 Kabhi Ajnabi The Asha Vijay Singh Hindi
1985 Shiva Ka Insaaf Nisha Raj N. Sippy Hindi
1985 Sitamgar Nisha Nath Raj N. Sippy Hindi
1985 Tawaif Kaynat Mirza B.R. Chopra Hindi
1985 Teri Meherbaniyan Bijli Vijay Reddy Hindi
1985 Zamana Sheetal Ramesh Talwar Hindi
1984 Badal Meenakshi Anand Sagar Hindi
1984 John Jani Janardhan Cheryl J. Mendez T. Rama Rao Hindi
1984 Laila Leela Saawan Kumar Hindi
1984 Sohni Mahiwal Sohni Umesh Mehra, Latif Faiziyev Hindi
1984 Yaadgar Naina 'Naini' Dasari Narayana Rao Hindi
1983 Nishan Gulabo Surendra Mohan Hindi
1983 Qayamat Sudha Raj N. Sippy Hindi
1983 Romance Sonia Ramanand Sagar Hindi
1982 Aapas Ki Baat Kajal Srivastava Harmesh Malhotra Hindi
1982 Sawaal Sonia D. Mehta Ramesh Talwar Hindi
1982 Teri Kasam Dolly A. C. Tirulokchandar Hindi
1982 Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya Priya Singh T. Rama Rao Hindi
1982 Yeh Vaada Raha Sunita Sikkan/Sonu Kapil Kapoor Hindi
1981 Baseraa Sarita Sethi Ramesh Talwar Hindi
1981 Dard Poonam Bhargav Ambrish Sangal Hindi
1981 Main Aur Mera Haathi Julie R. Thiagaraj Hindi
1981 Poonam Poonam Harmesh Malhotra Hindi
1980 Red Rose Sharda Bharathi Raja Hindi
1980 Biwi-O-Biwi Asha M. Singh Rahul Rawail Hindi
1980 Nishana Kavitha K. Raghavendra Rao Hindi
1979 Kaala Patthar Raghunath's daughter Yash Chopra Hindi
1979 Noorie Noorie Nabi Manmohan Krishna Hindi [30]
1978 Trishul Babli/Kusum Gupta Yash Chopra Hindi


Year Show(s) Role Channel Notes
1995 Andaz Pooja Zee TV Co-stars Sudesh Berry
2002 Chusth Durusth Host Zee TV
2002 Kittie Party Manju Zee TV [31][32]
2005 Showbiz India (Celebrity Profile) Herself
2009 Bigg Boss 3 Contestant Colors TV Second runner-up[33][8]
2013 - 2014 Ekk Nayi Pehchaan Sharda Sony TV [34]
2014 Comedy Nights with Kapil Guest Colors TV With Dharmendra[35]
2016 Santoshi Maa Herself / Narrator Life OK [36]
2018 Dil Hi Toh Hai Mamta Noon Sony TV [37]
2018 Pratigya - Stand For a Cause Host India News [38]


Award Year Work Award Category Result
1980 Noorie Filmfare Award Best actress Nominated
2015 Ekk Nayi Pehchaan Indian Telly Awards Indian Telly Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama) Won


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