Divya Solgamawrote on Aug 20 2008 6:14PM
Poonam Dhillon was born on April 18,in Kanpur, to Mr. Amrik Singh an aeronautical engineer in the Indian Armed Forces and Gurcharan Kaur. Born and brought up in an atmosphere where education was of primary importance, academic excellence was a natural legacy. Sister, Rishma went on to become one of the leading gynecologists of Mumbai and Brother Dr. Baljinder Singh becoming a very respected pediatricians, one would have expected Poonam to follow her childhood dream of becoming a Doctor too…. Well!! Destiny had other things in store for this 16 year old.
After winning the Miss Young India crown, 1977 and soon became the cover girl of Eve's Weekly,that made her mark felt in her debut film “TRISHUL”, a Yash Chopra film studded with awesome names like legendary Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Rakhee and Shashi Kapoor. With her debut, Poonam became the 'Gapuchi Gapuchi gum gum' girl who soon grew into a top ranking Hindi film actress. She did about 90 films in Hindi like Sohni Mahiwal,Red Rose,Teri Kasam, Dard, Nishana, Samunder, Romance, Kasam etc .In Bengali "Nyay Danda" Kannada -"Yudha Kanda" Telegu film "Ishtam". She has done Hindi theater ,a super hit comedy play "The Perfect Husband" which won best comedy play award in 2005. Yash Chopra was enthralled enough with her to give her the title role in Noorie (1979), which he produced but didn't direct. The film became a major hit and earned Poonam a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress.It also catapulted her to the ranks of upcoming heroines in the late seventies and early eighties. She did a cameo in the hit film Judaii (1996) as a favor to producer Boney Kapoor after Juhi Chawla dropped out. She also ventured out to do regional films, such as the Bengali film "Nyay Danda," Kannada film "Yudha Kanda" and Telegu film "Ishtam.She has also done Hindi theater. She worked in a super hit comedy play "The Perfect Husband" which won best comedy play award in 2005 and which recently completed Golden Jublee run.. After having acted in innumerable films in Hindi, dabbling in some Telugu, Bengali & Kannada films.. Poonam was one of the First Big Stars to step into world of TV with a Mega Serial…”ANDAZ” She pioneered "VANITY " a make up van company in India and runs a successful Make up Van Business. Besides introducing the concept of Makeup vans in India, Poonam Dhillon has been one of the first to start a website. She has been very active with a lot of social causes like Drug awareness, Aids awareness, Family Planning, Organ Donation etc. She also is involved in running an events company. She married film producer Ashok Thakeria in 1988, with whom she has two children, son Anmol and daughter Paloma. The marriage ended in divorce in 1997.She briefly joined the Indian national Congress party in 2004.She can be seen on different TV drama serial and is busy on small version of entertainment.