Kamya Panjabi

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Kamya Panjabi
Kamya Panjabi 3rd Gold Awards 2010.jpg
Kamya at 3rd Gold Awards in 2010
Born (1979-08-13) 13 August 1979 (age 37)[1][2][3]
Mumbai, India[4]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996 - present
Notable work Netra in Reth
Kiran in Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani
Sindoora in Banoo Main Teri Dulhann

Kamya Panjabi is a television actress from India, who generally plays the vamp or negative characters in Hindi television serials [5] and is also well known for Standup comedy. She became a contestant on Bigg Boss 7 in 2013.


Punjabi is a model who played several bit roles in Hindi films such as Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (girl taunting Amisha Patel on the cruise ship), Na Tum Jaano Na Hum (lady in the final wedding scene) and Koi Mil Gaya (one of the inhabitants of the Hill Stations). In 1997, she featured in a music video called Mehndi Mehndi, and was also part of the music video Kala Shah Kala by Anamika. She was also seen in the movies Yaadein (talking to Kareena Kapoor at the cycle race competition), as well as in Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (as a news reporter). In addition, she was also seen in a Telugu movie titled Maa avida meeda ottu mee avida chala manchidi. (In the movie, Punjabi is seen as Prakash Raj's fiance in Goa.)

Punjabi has played negative roles in Reth as Nethra, ...[Ek Prem Kahani] as Kiran, Banoo Mein Teri Dulhann as Sindoora Singh (for which she won the award for Best Actor in a Negative Role[6]), Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki as Kamya, and in Amber Dhara as Deepika. Punjabi has also played positive roles in Piya Ka Ghar (TV series) as Simran, Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak as Uttara and Kyun Hota Hai Pyaar as Ramya. She was also seen in Parvarrish as Mandira in Sony TV. She was part of second season of Comedy Circus comedy show on Sony TV, in Nautanki the Comedy theatre and a contestant in Bigg Boss 7 in Colors. In the show, she has been very close to Pratyusha Banerjee. She, along with Indian wrestler, Sangram Singh broke the international record of surviving in a box for around 42 hours which was earlier set by Big Brother UK for more than 26 hours. Kamya Punjabi to star in Darr Sabko Lagta Hai.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Kamya Panjabi and her daughter at Disney princess' promotion in Mumbai

Kamya was married to Bunty Negi.[8] They both have a daughter named Aara (born 2009). In 2013, a month before entering the Bigg Boss house, the couple filed for divorce. On the show Bigg Boss, she broke down in tears after thinking about her divorce and how she misses her 4-year-old daughter.


Fiction shows[edit]

Year Show Role Channel
2002 Kehta Hai Dil Karishma Singh Star Plus
2002 Piya Ka Ghar (TV series) Simran Zee TV
2002-2003 Kammal Vidhisha Zee TV
2002–2006 Astitva ... Ek Prem Kahani Kiran Zee TV
2004-2006 Reth Netra Zee TV
2005-2007 Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki Kamya Parashar Sahara One
2006-2009 Banoo Main Teri Dulhann Sindoora Pratap Singh Zee TV Lead Antagonist
2007 Amber Dhara Deepika Sony TV
2009 Jeet Jayenge Hum Devyani Sony TV
2009 Naaginn - Waadon Ki Agniparikshaa Naaginn (Special appearance) Zee TV
2010-2012 Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak? Uttara Star Plus
2012 Parvarrish Mandira Bhagat Sony TV
2013-2014 Beintehaa Zarina Colors TV
2013-2015 Doli Armaano Ki Damini Anirudh Sinha Zee TV
2014 The Adventures of Hatim Rihana Life OK
2015 Killerr Karaoke Atka Toh Latkah Herself &TV
2015–present "Aanat" Shweta Maan TV
2016 Darr Sabko Lagta Hai (episode twenty two) Vidhya &TV
2016–present Shakti — Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki Preeto Colors TV

Reality shows[edit]

Year Show Role Channel
2008 Comedy Circus Contestant Sony TV
2013 Nautanki the Comedy theatre Standup comedy Colors TV
2013 Bigg Boss 7 Contestant Colors TV
2014 Bigg Boss 8 Herself/Guest Colors TV
2014-15 Box Cricket League Contestant Sony TV
2015 Bigg Boss 9 Herself/Guest Colors TV
2016 Box Cricket League (season 2) Contestant Colors TV
2016 Comedy Nights Bachao Herself Colors TV
2016 Bigg Boss 10 Herself Colors TV

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Show Role Result
2007 Indian Telly Awards Best Actor in a Negative Role (Female) Banoo Main Teri Dulhann Sindoora Pratap Singh Won
Kalakar Awards
2008 Sansui Awards Nominated
Apsara Awards
2011 Star Parivaar Awards Most Stylish Sadasya (Female) Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak? Uttara
2012 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jury)
2014 Lions Gold Awards Appreciation Award Bigg Boss 7 Herself Won