Poonam Dhillon in December 2013
18 April 1962 |
kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Years active||1978–1997, 2001–2002, 2009–present|
|Spouse(s)||Ashok Thakeria (1988–1997)|
Poonam Dhillon (born 18 April 1962) is an Indian Hindi film, theatre and TV actress. A former Femina Miss India (1977), Dhillon has acted in over 80 films. She is best known for her 1979 film, Noorie, for her six films with Rajesh Khanna Red Rose, Dard, Nishaan, Zamana, Awam (from 1980 to 1987) and Sohni Mahiwal (1984), Samundar, Saveray Wali Gaadi (1986) and Naam (1986).
Dhillon first gained fame when she was 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 she performed the song "Gapoochi Gapoochi gum gum" with co-star Sachin Pilgaonkar. Chopra then gave her the title role in Noorie (1979), which he produced. For this, Dhillon was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Subsequently she did about 90 films in Hindi, including Sohni Mahiwal, Red Rose, Teri Kasam, Dard, Nishana, Yeh Vada Raha, Samunder, Romance, Kasam, and Sitamgar. She was often paired with Rajesh Khanna and together, they performed in Dard, Nishaan, Zamana and Awam and Red Rose, Jai Shiv Shankar. She featured in six films opposite Rajesh Khanna.
She did a cameo in Judaai as a favor to producer Boney Kapoor after Juhi Chawla dropped out. She also appeared in regional films such as Nyay Danda, (Bengali), Yuddha Kaanda (Kannada) and Ishtam (Telugu).
She has done Hindi theater, The Perfect Husband which won the best comedy play award in 2005 and which completed Golden Jubilee run. She then did two plays The Perfect Wife co-starring Sooraj Thapar and Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi with Asif Sheikh. Currently she is doing a play called "U TURN" which is the Hindi adaptation 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, "VANITY". Coming from an academic family where her father was an aeronautical engineer, her mother was Principal in a school, and her two siblings and both doctors. Poonam did her graduation after joining Films at age 16. Currently she is doing her MBA in International Business. She has been very active with social causes like drug awareness, AIDS awareness, family planning and organ donation. Dhillon was the fourth guest on Bigg Boss (Season 3) aired on Colors TV. She ended up as runner-up on the show.
She has been a prominent speaker at SAARC business summit at Kathmandu and Delhi and was appointed as cultural ambassador. She was also a speaker at the MINDMINE event. She did a show to "Save and Empower the Girl Child" with Lilavati Hospital.
Recently she has also launched an event and film production company, Poetic Justice Films Pvt Ltd.
- Double Di Trouble(2014) - Pammi
- Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya (2013) - Ashwini
- Kunasathi Kunitari (2011) Marathi film
- Miley Naa Miley Hum (2011) - Shalini S. Mehra
- Dil Bole Hadippa! (2009) – Yamini Singh (Vikram's wife)
- 13B (2009) – Manohar's mother
- Ishtam (2001) – Lakshmi
- Judaai (1997) – Nisha (guest appearance)
- Mahaanta (1997) – Shanti (Mrs. Vijay Kapoor)
- Virodhi (1992)
- Jai Shiv Shankar (1992)
- Jhoothi Shaan (1991) – Ganga
- Qurbani Rang Layegi (1991) – Poonam
- Amiri Garibi (1990) – Rani
- Atishbaaz (1990)
- Pathar Ke Insan (1990) – Lata Rai
- Police Public (1990) – Karuna Arun Sharma
- Yuddha Kaanda (1989) – Kannada film
- Batwara(1989) – Rajendra's wife
- Abhimanyu (1989) – Tulsi/Miss California 'Kelly'
- Deshwasi (1989)
- Galiyon Ka Badshah (1989) – Madhu
- Hisaab Khoon Ka (1989)
- Saaya (1989)
- Hum Farishte Nahin (1988) – Sunita
- Kasam (1988)
- Maalamaal (1988) – Poonam Malhotra
- Sone Pe Suhaaga (1988) – Shraddha
- Himmat Aur Mehanat (1987) - Sharda
- Avam (1987)
- Mard Ki Zabaan (1987)
- Avinash (1986)
- Dosti Dushmani (1986)
- Ek Chadar Maili Si (1986) – Raaji
- Karma (1986) – Tulsi
- Khel Mohabbat Ka (1986) – Lily/Shyamoli
- Naam (1986) – Seema Rai
- Palay Khan (1986)
- Samundar (1986) – Anjali
- Saveray Wali Gaadi (1986) – Jyoti
- Bepanaah (1985) – Radha Malhotra
- Geraftaar (1985) – Anuradha Saxena
- Kabhi Ajnabi The (1985)
- Shiva Ka Insaaf (1985) – Nisha
- Sitamgar (1985)
- Tawaif (1985)
- Teri Meherbaniyan (1985) – Bijli
- Zamana (1985)
- Badal (1984) – Meenakshi
- John Jani Janardhan (1984)
- Laila (1984)
- Sohni Mahiwal (1984) – Sohni
- Yaadgar (1984 film) (1984)
- Nishan (1983)
- Qayamat (1983)
- Romance (1983) – Sonia
- Aapas Ki Baat (1982) – Kajal Srivastava
- Sawaal (1982)
- Teri Kasam (1982) – Dolly
- Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya (1982) – Priya Singh
- Yeh Vaada Raha (1982) – Sunita Sikkan/Sonu
- Baseraa (1981) – Sarita Sethi
- Dard (1981) – Poonam Bhargav
- Main Aur Mera Haathi (1981) – Julie
- Poonam (1981) – Poonam
- Red Rose (1980) – Sharda
- Biwi-O-Biwi (1980) – Asha
- Nishana (1980)
- Kaala Patthar (1979) – Raghunath's daughter
- Noorie (1979) – Noorie Nabi
- Trishul (1978) – Babli/Kusum Gupta
- coolie (film)
- Chusth Durusth on Zee TV
- Kittie Party(2002)
- Showbiz India Celebrity Profile (2005)
- Bigg Boss 3 as Contestant (2009)
- Ekk Nayi Pehchaan on Sony TV (2013 - 2014)
- Comedy nights with kapil as a guest along with Dharmendra (2014)
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