Sonam (actress)

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Born Bakhtawar Murad Khan
(1972-09-02) 2 September 1972 (age 43)
Other names Sonam Rai
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–1994 (Retired)
Spouse(s) Rajiv Rai
Children 1

Sonam Rai(birth name Bakhtawar Murad Khan) (Urdu: بختاور مراد خان ‎), better known by her screenname Sonam (born 2 September 1972, in India), is a former Bollywood actress and also appeared in Telugu Cinema. She is the niece of actor Raza Murad and great-niece of veteran actor Murad. Her cousin is actress Sanober Kabir.


Sonam was named by her parents (Mushir Khan - father) as "Bakhtawar", which means "the lucky one" or "the fortunate one" in a number of languages in Asia. She renamed herself Sonam to have a milder sounding name to suit the Indian film industry. The name Sonam is of Tibetan origin and means "merit".

She first entered India's Hindi film industry Bollywood after being launched by Yash Chopra in the 1988 film Vijay. She shot to fame with the 1989 film Tridev. She was known for the song Oye Oye...Tirchi Topi Wale in the film which was very popular at the time. In 'Aakhri Ghulam' with 'Mithun Chakraborty. She was also recognized for her performance in Mitti Aur Sona. Earlier, she was known as a sex symbol. She married Rajiv Rai at the age of 19 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 1992 at the age of 19, she left the industry. 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 the Mumbai organized crime leader Abu Salem. She is now settled with her husband in Switzerland. A son was born to her in May 1992 named Gaurav Rai. Rajiv still occasionally continues to direct Bollywood films.


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


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