Sonam (born on 2 September 1972, India) is a former Bollywood actress. She is the niece of character actor Raza Murad and granddaughter of veteran character actor Murad. Her cousin is actress Sanober Kabir.
She first entered India's Hindi film industry Bollywood after being launched by Yash Chopra in the 1988 film Vijay. She shot into fame in 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. Also for the first time she was recognized for her performance is Mitti aur Sona. Earlier, she was known as Sex Symbol. But, she shocked everyone when she married Rajiv Rai at the age of 19 years old and declared that she quiting.
She was named by her parents(Mushir khan- father) as "Bakhtawar" which is used in Arabic names meaning Fortunate, lucky. She renamed herself Sonam to have a milder sounding name to suit the Indian film industry. Interestingly the name Sonam is of Tibetan origin and means "The fortunate one". She made over 30 films from 1988 through to 1994. Her last film appearance was in Insaniyat and she has not appeared in any film since then