|Years active||1978– Present|
(m. 1988; div. 1997)
Poonam Dhillon (born 18 April 1962) is an Indian actress and politician. A former Femina Miss India (1977), she is best known for her 1979 film Noorie. Some of her well-known films include Red Rose (1980), Dard (1981), Romance (1983), Sohni Mahiwal (1984), Teri Meherbaniyan (1985) Samundar (1986), Saveraywali Gaadi (1986), Karma (1986), Naam (1986) and Maalamaal (1988).
Dhillon participated in Bigg Boss in 2009. She played the lead role of Sharda Modi in the Sony TV series Ekk Nayi Pehchaan in 2013. She has done theatre, starting with the award-winning "The Perfect Husband" and many other plays, the latest being "The Perfect Wife" with several shows in United States and Dubai.
The first time Dhillon gained fame was when she got crowned Miss Young India 1978 at the age of 16.
Director Yash Chopra noticed her and offered her a role in the film Trishul (1978) where her song "Gapoochi Gapoochi Gum Gum" with Sachin Pilgaonkar became popular. Chopra then gave her the title role in Noorie (1979) opposite Farooq Shaikh, which he produced. The low budget film Noorie shot in Bhaderwah, Kashmir, became a superhit and was a phenomenal success at the box office, partly also for Khayyam's music. For this film, Poonam was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Subsequently, she went on to act in around 90 films in Hindi, including Sohni Mahiwal, Red Rose, Teri Kasam, Dard, Nishana, Yeh Vaada Raha, Samunder, Romance, Kasam, and Sitamgar. She was paired with Rajesh Khanna in six films: Dard, Nishaan, Zamana, Awam, Red Rose (1980 film) and Jai Shiv Shankar. She made a special appearance in Judaai as a favour to producer Boney Kapoor when Juhi Chawla had to drop out.
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. 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.
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.
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."
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. Poonam attended Carmel Convent in [Chandigarh] for schooling and did her graduation after joining films at age 16.
Activism and politics
She has been a prominent speaker at the SAARC business summits in Kathmandu and Delhi and was appointed cultural ambassador. She was also a speaker at the MINDMINE event. 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.
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.
|2020||Jai Mummy Di||Danish Husain||Navjyot Gulati||Hindi|||
|2014||Double Di Trouble||Dharmendra||Smeep Kang||Punjabi|||
|2013||Ramaiya Vastavaiya||Randhir Kapoor||Prabhu Deva||Hindi|||
|2011||Kunasathi Kunitari||None||Rekha Sahay, Nitin Jagdish||Marathi|
|Miley Naa Miley Hum||Kabir Bedi||Tanveer Khan||Hindi|
|2009||Dil Bole Hadippa!||Anupam Kher||Anurag Singh||Hindi|
|2001||Ishtam||Sharath Babu||Vikram Kumar, Raj Kumar||Telugu|
|1997||Judaai||Guest appearance||Raj Kanwar||Hindi|
|Mahaanta||Mohsin Khan||Afzal Khan||Hindi|
|1991||Deshwasi||Rajiv Goswami||Rajiv Goswami||Hindi|
|Jhoothi Shaan||Mithun Chakraborty||Ranjan Bose||Hindi|
|Qurbani Rang Layegi||Sanjay Dutt||Raj N. Sippy||Hindi|
|Jai Shiv Shankar||Jeetendra||S.A. Chandrasekhar||Hindi|
|Amiri Garibi||Raj Babbar||Harmesh Malhotra||Hindi|
|Atishbaz||Aditya Pancholi||Mukhtar Ahmed||Hindi|
|Pathar Ke Insan||None||Shomu Mukherjee||Hindi|
|Police Public||Raj Kiran||Esmayeel Shroff||Hindi|
|1989||Yuddha Kaanda||Ravichandran||K.V. Raju||Kannada|
|Batwara||Mohsin Khan||J.P. Dutta||Hindi|
|Abhimanyu||Shakti Kapoor||Tony Juneja||Hindi|
|Galiyon Ka Badshah||Mithun Chakraborty||Sher Jung Singh||Hindi|
|Hisaab Khoon Ka||Raj Babbar||Surendra Mohan||Hindi|
|Saaya||Shatrughan Sinha||Keshu Ramsay||Hindi|
|1988||Hum Farishte Nahin||Raj Babbar||Jatin Kumar||Hindi|
|Kasam||Anil Kapoor||Umesh Mehra||Hindi|
|Maalamaal||Naseeruddin Shah||Kewal Sharma||Hindi|
|Sone Pe Suhaaga||Dharmendra||K. Bapaiah||Hindi|
|1987||Himmat Aur Mehanat||Jeetendra||K. Bapaiah||Hindi|
|Awam||Rajesh Khanna||Baldev Raj Chopra||Hindi|
|Mard Ki Zabaan||Jackie Shroff||K. Bapaiah||Hindi|
|1986||Avinash||Mithun Chakraborty||Umesh Mehra||Hindi|
|Dosti Dushmani||Rajinikanth||T. Rama Rao||Hindi|
|Ek Chadar Maili Si||Rishi Kapoor||Sukhwant Dhadda||Hindi|
|Karma||Anil Kapoor||Subhash Ghai||Hindi|
|Khel Mohabbat Ka||Farookh Sheikh||Satish Duggal||Hindi|
|Naam||Kumar Gaurav||Mahesh Bhatt||Hindi|
|Palay Khan||Jackie Shroff||Ashim Samanta||Hindi|
|Samundar||Sunny Deol||Rahul Rawail||Hindi|
|Saveray Wali Gaadi||Sunny Deol||Bharathiraaja||Hindi|
|1985||Bepanaah||Shashi Kapoor||Jagdish Sidana||Hindi|
|Geraftaar||Kamal Hassan||Prayag Raaj||Hindi|
|Kabhi Ajnabi The||Sandeep Patil||Vijay Singh||Hindi|
|Shiva Ka Insaaf||Jackie Shroff||Raj N. Sippy||Hindi|
|Sitamgar||Rishi Kapoor||Raj N. Sippy||Hindi|
|Tawaif||Rishi Kapoor||B.R. Chopra||Hindi|
|Teri Meherbaniyan||Jackie Shroff||Vijay Reddy||Hindi|
|Zamana||Rajesh Khanna||Ramesh Talwar||Hindi|
|1984||Badal||Mithun Chakraborty||Anand Sagar||Hindi|
|John Jani Janardhan||Rajanikanth||T. Rama Rao||Hindi|
|Laila||Anil Kapoor||Saawan Kumar||Hindi|
|Sohni Mahiwal||Sunny Deol||Umesh Mehra, Latif Faiziyev||Hindi|
|Yaadgar||Kamal Hassan||Dasari Narayana Rao||Hindi|
|1983||Nishan||Rajesh Khanna||Surendra Mohan||Hindi|
|Qayamat||Dharmendra||Raj N. Sippy||Hindi|
|Romance||Kumar Gaurav||Ramanand Sagar||Hindi|
|1982||Aapas Ki Baat||Raj Babbar||Harmesh Malhotra||Hindi|
|Sawaal||Shashi Kapoor||Ramesh Talwar||Hindi|
|Teri Kasam||Kumar Gaurav||A. C. Tirulokchandar||Hindi|
|Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya||Kamal Hassan||T. Rama Rao||Hindi|
|Yeh Vaada Raha||Rishi Kapoor||Kapil Kapoor||Hindi|
|1981||Baseraa||Raj Kiran||Ramesh Talwar||Hindi|
|Dard||Rajesh Khanna||Ambrish Sangal||Hindi|
|Main Aur Mera Haathi||Mithun Chakraborty||R. Thiagaraj||Hindi|
|Poonam||Raj Babbar||Harmesh Malhotra||Hindi|
|1980||Red Rose||Rajesh Khanna||Bharathi Raja||Hindi|
|Biwi-O-Biwi||Randhir Kapoor||Rahul Rawail||Hindi|
|Nishana||Jeetendra||K. Raghavendra Rao||Hindi|
|1979||Kaala Patthar||Sp. App.||Yash Chopra||Hindi|
|Noorie||Farooque Sheikh||Manmohan Krishna||Hindi|||
|2000||The Chust Drust show||Host|||
|2009||Bigg Boss 3||Contestant||Second runner-up|
|2013–2014||Ekk Nayi Pehchaan||Sharda|||
|2014||Dil Diyan Gallan Dil Hi Jaane...||Punjabi Debut|
|2016||Santoshi Maa||Herself / Narrator|||
|2018||Dil Hi Toh Hai||Mamta Noon|||
|2018||Pratigya - Stand For a Cause||Host|||
|2021||Dil Bekaraar||Mamta Thakur||Web Series on Disney+ Hotstar|
|1980||Noorie||27th Filmfare Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2015||Ekk Nayi Pehchaan||Indian Telly Awards||Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama)||Won|
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