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Gul Panag
Gul LFW-2017.jpg
Panag in 2017
Born (1979-01-03) 3 January 1979 (age 40)[1]
Other namesGul Panag-Attari, Gulkirat Kaur Panag
OccupationActress, voice actress, model, politician
Years active2000–present
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Political partyAam Aadmi Party
Spouse(s)Rishi Attari (13 March 2011-)

Gul Panag (born Gulkirat Kaur Panag, 3 January 1979;[1] Chandigarh, India) is an Indian actress, voice actress, model, and former beauty queen who competed in the Miss Universe pageant. Panag began her career in Bollywood, with the 2003 film Dhoop. Since then, she has worked in films like Jurm and the TV series Kashmeer.[3] Her notable films include Dor, Dhoop, Manorama Six Feet Under, Hello, Straight, and Ab Tak Chhappan 2.

She played a commoner, fighting hard to save her husband from going to the gallows, in the 2006 Nagesh Kukunoor film, Dor. In 2008, she acted in the films Hello and Summer 2007. In 2009, she appeared in the movie Straight. She featured in Rann in a role attempting to stop her boy friend from doing the right thing. Panag appeared on the front page of Maxim with whom she did a photo shoot in September 2008.[4][5] She debuted in Punjabi movies with Sarsa[6] She was the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Chandigarh for 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.[7]

Early life

Panag started her education in Sangrur, in Punjab.[8] Her father, Lt. Gen. Panag was in the army and the family moved to different places across India and abroad. As a result of this, she studied in 14 different schools including Kendriya Vidyalayas (Chandigarh, Mhow, Leh and Wellington, Tamil Nadu), The Lawrence School, Lovedale and the International School of Lusaka, Zambia.[8] She did her Bachelors in Mathematics from Punjabi University, Patiala, and Masters in Political Science from Panjab University, Chandigarh.[8] As a student, Panag was interested in sports and public speaking. She won numerous state and national level debate competitions, including two gold medals at the Annual National Inter University Debate competition.[1][9]


Gul Panag in Lakme Fashion Week, 2009


Panag won the Miss India title in 1999, and was crowned Miss Beautiful Smile at the same pageant.[10][unreliable source?][11][12] She participated in the Miss Universe 1999 pageant.

Brand endorsement

She has appeared in numerous advertisements on television and print media and is the brand ambassador for Tata Sky, along with Aamir Khan.[13]

Panag was the Twitter Face for the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week held in 2009, to cover the happenings/proceedings on the micro-blogging site.[14]

Social activism

Gul Panag runs the Colonel Shamsher Singh Foundation,[15] an NGO that works towards a variety of causes including gender equality, education and disaster management. She served on the advisory board of the Wockhardt Foundation.[16] She also participated in the India Against Corruption movement.[17] She ran at the Delhi Half Marathon in November 2010, but endured eve teasing (sexual harassment) from male runners at the event. She later remarked that the attitude of men in Delhi needed to change and that the city was unsafe for women.[18]

Political career

She was the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Chandigarh for Indian general election, 2014.[7] She came on third position with 1,08,679 votes, while Kirron Kher won the election with 1,91,362 votes.[19]

Other interests

A serial half-marathon runner, avid biker who is also a certified pilot and was trained on a professional platform- Formula E. Panag. She debuted on the racing track at the Mahindra Racing’s all new M4Electro at the circuit de Calafat in Catalonia, Spain.[20][21]

An health activist and fitness advocate Gul Panag, co-founded Health and fitness startup MobieFit in 2017.[22]

Personal life

Panag married her long-time boyfriend, an airline pilot, Rishi Attari on 13 March 2011 in a Gurdwara in Chandigarh in a traditional Punjabi Sikh ceremony.[23][24] The couple has a son named Nihal born in 2018. [25]



Gul at an event in 2012


Year Film Role
2003 Dhoop Peehu A. Verma
2005 Jurm Sonia
2006 Dor Zeenat Fatima/Zeenat A. Khan
2007 Manorama Six Feet Under Nimmi
2008 Summer 2007 Vishakha
2008 Hello Priyanka
2009 Anubhav Meera Hemant Valecha / Meera A. Malhotra
2009 Straight Renu
2010 Rann Nandita Sharma
2010 Hello Darling Mansi Joshi
2011 Turning 30 Naina Singh
2011 Phir Zindagi
2012 Fatso! Nandini
2013 Sikander (Punjabi) Beant Kaur
2015 Ab Tak Chhappan 2 Shalu
2016 Ambarsariya Boss
2019 Student of the Year 2 Coach Kuljeet


Title Role Channel
Kashmeer Zoya Star Plus
Khoobsurat Presenter Zee TV
Kismey Kitnaa Hai Dam Presenter Star Plus
Musafir Hoon Yaaron Presenter Star Plus
Vijay Jyoti Jyoti Zee TV


  1. ^ a b c "About Gul". Gul Panag – Official website. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. ^ Dhawan, Himanshi (12 March 2014). "AAP ups the glamour quotient with Gul Panag". The Times of India. TNN. Archived from the original on 22 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  3. ^ "'Kashmeer' - Guns and Roses". Indiantelevision. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Gul Panag's sexy makeover!". Rediff. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Gul Panag amazing Maxim photoshoot". Maxim India. September 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b PANDHER, SARABJIT (14 March 2014). "Gul Panag declared AAP candidate from Chandigarh". The HINDU. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  8. ^ a b c "Gul Panag Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  9. ^ Ronjita Kulkarni. "Why Gul Panag doesn't want to be a star overnight". Rediff. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Femina Miss India 1999". Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  11. ^ "50 Years of Miss India: Miss Indias who made it to Bollywood". Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  12. ^ "#ThrowbackThursday: When Gul Panag won Miss India 1999 - BeautyPageants". Femina Miss India. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Miss India tag a stumbling block for Gul Panag". Masala! - Bollywood Gossip News, Indian Celebrities and Pictures. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Gul: Twitter face for WIFW". Times of India. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  15. ^ "Interview With Gul Panag | Meet The Original Livewire". Women's Web: For Women Who Do. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Gul on advisory board of Wockhardt Foundation". Indian Express. 10 May 2010.
  17. ^ "Actress Gul Panag joins AAP, to contest polls from Chandigarh". Firstpost. 3 March 2014.
  18. ^ Sharma, Kalpana (2010-11-27). Unsafe for women?. The Hindu. Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  19. ^ "Election results: BJP's Kirron Kher wins from Chandigarh, Naveen Jindal finishes third". The Times of India. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  20. ^ "After becoming a pilot, Gul Panag is now India's first woman to race in Formula E". 29 April 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  21. ^ Dar, Vaishali. "Gul Panag s MobieFit to Roll Out New Fitness Apps in the Next Quarter". BW Disrupt. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Gul Panag-cofounded health and fitness startup MobieFit raises $1.35 mn". VCCircle. 28 November 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Gul Panag opts for Band, Baaja, Bullet". Indian Express. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  24. ^ (11 March 2011). "Gul Panag To Marry Her Boyfriend". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  25. ^ "Gul Panag's adorable picture with son Nihal and husband Rishi Attari is unmissable - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 20 September 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lymaraina D'Souza
Femina Miss India
Succeeded by
Lara Dutta
(Miss Universe)