Poonam Dhillon

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Poonam Dhillon
Dhillon in 2024
Born (1962-04-18) 18 April 1962 (age 62)
Occupation(s)Actress, politician
Years active1978–present
Ashok Thakeria
(m. 1988; div. 1997)
WebsiteOfficial website

Poonam Dhillon is an Indian actress and politician. A former Eve’s Weekly Miss Young India 1978,[1] 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.[2]

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[3][4] became popular.[5] 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.[citation needed]

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[6] in six films: Dard, Nishaan, Zamana, Awam, Red Rose (1980 film) and Jai Shiv Shankar.[7][8] She made a special appearance in Judaai as a favour to producer Boney Kapoor when Juhi Chawla had to drop 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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

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."[12]

Personal life[edit]

Dhillon was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.[citation needed] 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.[12][13][14] Poonam attended Carmel Convent in [Chandigarh] for schooling and did her graduation after joining films at age 16.[15]

Dhillon was married to producer Ashok Thakeria and has two children, a daughter Paloma[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.[12]

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]



Year Film Role Language Notes
2022 Plan A Plan B Kiran Hindi [26]
2020 Jai Mummy Di Pinky Bhalla Hindi [27][28]
2014 Double Di Trouble Punjabi [29]
2013 Ramaiya Vastavaiya Ashwini Kapoor Hindi [30]
2011 Kunasathi Kunitari Marathi
Miley Naa Miley Hum Shalini Mehra Hindi
2009 Dil Bole Hadippa! Yamini Singh Hindi
13B Hindi
2001 Ishtam Telugu
1997 Judaai Nisha Kadoria Hindi Guest appearance
Mahaanta Hindi Delayed release
1991 Deshwasi Rakshya Hindi
Jhoothi Shaan Hindi
Qurbani Rang Layegi Basanti Hindi Delayed release
1990 Vidrohi Hindi
Jai Shiv Shankar Hindi Unreleased
Amiri Garibi Rani Hindi
Atishbaz Hindi
Pathar Ke Insan Seeta Hindi
Police Public Karuna Hindi
1989 Yuddha Kaanda Sunita Kannada Remake of Meri Jung
Batwara Hindi
Abhimanyu Tulsi/Kelly Hindi
Galiyon Ka Badshah Madhu Hindi
Hisaab Khoon Ka Anu/Anita Hindi Double role
Saaya Supriya Hindi
1988 Hum Farishte Nahin Sunita Hindi
Kasam Savi Hindi
Maalamaal Poonam Malhotra Hindi
Sone Pe Suhaaga Advocate Shraddha Hindi
1987 Himmat Aur Mehanat Sharda Hindi
Awam Sushma Hindi
Mard Ki Zabaan Lata Hindi
1986 Avinash Dr. Sapna Hindi
Dosti Dushmani Lata Hindi
Ek Chadar Maili Si Raji Hindi
Karma Tulsi Hindi
Khel Mohabbat Ka Lily/Shyamoli Hindi
Naam Seema Hindi
Palay Khan Zulekha Khan Hindi
Samundar Anjali Hindi
Saveray Wali Gaadi Jyoti Hindi
1985 Bepanaah Kalpana Hindi
Geraftaar Anuradha Hindi
Kabhi Ajnabi The Asha Hindi
Shiva Ka Insaaf Nisha Hindi
Sitamgar Nisha Hindi
Tawaif Kaynat Mirza Hindi
Teri Meherbaniyan Bijli Hindi
Zamana Sheetal Hindi
1984 Badal Hindi
John Jani Janardhan Cheryl Mendez Hindi
Laila Laila Hindi
Sohni Mahiwal Sohni Hindi
Yaadgar Naini Hindi
1983 Nishan Gulabo Hindi
Qayamat Sudha Hindi
Romance Sonia Hindi
1982 Aapas Ki Baat Kajal Hindi
Sawaal Sonia Hindi
Teri Kasam Dolly Hindi
Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya Priya Hindi
Yeh Vaada Raha Sunita Hindi
1981 Baseraa Sarita Hindi
Dard Poonam Bhargav Hindi
Main Aur Mera Haathi Meena/Julie Hindi
Poonam Poonam Hindi
1980 Red Rose Sharda Hindi
Biwi-O-Biwi Asha Hindi
Nishana Kavita Hindi
1979 Kaala Patthar Guest appearance Hindi
Noorie Noorie Hindi [31]
1978 Trishul Kusum Hindi Debut film


Year Show(s) Role Notes
1995 Andaz Pooja
2000 The Chust Drust show Host [32]
2002–2004 Kittie Party Manju [33][34]
2009 Bigg Boss 3 Contestant Second runner-up[35][9]
2012-2014 Dil Diyan Gallan Dil Hi Jaane... Bhupinder First Punjabi T.V Debut
2013–2014 Ekk Nayi Pehchaan Sharda [36]
2015 Santoshi Maa Herself / narrator [37]
2018 Dil Hi Toh Hai Mamta Noon [38]
2018 Pratigya - Stand For a Cause Host [39]
2021 Dil Bekaraar Mamta Thakur Web Series on Disney+ Hotstar


Award Year Work Award Category Result
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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