Sonam (actress)

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Bakhtavar Khan

(1972-09-02) 2 September 1972 (age 46)
Other namesSonam
Years active1988–1994
Spouse(s)Rajiv Rai (1991-2016 Divorced) Murali Poduval (2017-)

Bakhtavar Khan (Urdu: بختاور خان ‎) (born 2 September 1972) is a former Indian film actress, better known by her screenname Sonam. She is the niece of actor Raza Murad and great-niece of veteran actor Murad. She primarily worked for Bollywood films.


Sonam was named by her parents (Mushir Khan - father and Talat Khan- Mother) as "Bakhtavar". "Sonam" is her screen-name, which is reportedly coined by Yash Chopra to be more marketable in the Indian film industry.

Sonam first entered into the Bollywood industry after being launched by Yash Chopra in the 1988 film Vijay. She was just 16 years of age at the time. She shot to fame with the 1989 film Tridev where the popular song Oye Oye...Tirchi Topi Wale was picturised on her and established her as a sex symbol. She was frequently paired with actors like Chunky Pandey, Govinda and Naseeruddin Shah. Some of her notable films include Mitti Aur Sona, Aakhri Ghulam, Lashkar, Kroadh, Ajooba and Vishwatma. She also appeared in regional films. She married director Rajiv Rai in 1991 and declared that she was quitting films. She appeared in over 30 films from 1988 through to 1994.

Personal life[edit]

After marrying Rajiv Rai, who had directed her in Tridev and Vishwatma in 1991,Sonam left the industry. Her son was born to her in May 1993, named Gaurav Rai. Her father-in-law was the successful film producer Gulshan Rai. She had to leave India with Rajiv Rai in 1997, after an attempt was made on his life by gunmen working for the Mumbai organized crime leader Abu Salem.[1]

The couple settled in Los Angeles and then in Switzerland before shifting base to Mumbai again a few years ago. However, they have been living separately since 2001. Sonam and Rajiv divorced after 15 years of separation.[2]

In 2017, Sonam married for a second time to businessman and divorcee Murali Poduval.[3]


Year Title Co-star Language
1987 Samrat Ramesh Babu Telugu
1988 Vijay Rishi Kapoor Hindi
1988 Aakhri Adaalat Jackie Shroff Hindi
1989 Aakhri Ghulam Mithun Chakraborty Hindi
1989 Aakhri Baazi Kunal Goswami Hindi
1989 Tridev Naseeruddin Shah Hindi
1989 Mitti Aur Sona Chunky Pandey Hindi
1989 Sachai Ki Taqat Govinda Hindi
1989 Asmaan Se Ooncha Govinda Hindi
1989 Gola Barood Chunky Pandey Hindi
1989 Hum Bhi Insaan Hain Raj Babbar Hindi
1990 Kodama Simham Chiranjeevi Telugu
1990 Apmaan Ki Aag Govinda Hindi
1990 Chor Pe Mor Naseeruddin Shah Hindi
1990 Shera Shamshera Raj Babbar Hindi
1990 Aaj Ke Shahenshah Chunky Pandey Hindi
1990 Mandira Prosenjit Chatterjee Bengali
1990 Kroadh Sanjay Dutt Hindi
1991 Raiszaada Govinda Hindi
1991 Swarg Jaisaa Ghar Aashif Sheikh Hindi
1991 Ajooba Rishi Kapoor Hindi
1991 Dushman Devta Dharmendra Hindi
1991 Fateh Sanjay Dutt Hindi
1991 Ajooba Kudrat Ka Hemant Birje Hindi
1991 Do Matwale Sanjay Dutt Hindi
1992 Vishwatma Naseeruddin Shah Hindi
1992 Baaz Govinda Hindi
1993 Police Wala Chunky Pandey Hindi
1994 Insaniyat Chunky Pandey Hindi


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  2. ^ "After 15 years of separation, Rajiv Rai and Sonam are divorced - Times of India".
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