Poonam Dhillon (born 18 April 1962) is an Indian Hindi film, theatre and TV actress. A former Femina Miss India (1977), Dhillon has acted in over 80 films. She is best known for her 1979 film Noorie, for her six films with Rajesh Khanna; Red Rose, Dard, Nishaan, Zamana (1985 film), Awam (from 1980 to 1987) and Jai Shiv Shankar (1990), Romance (1983), Sohni Mahiwal (1984), Teri Meharbaniyan (1985)Samundar (1986), Saveray Wali Gaadi (1986), Karma (1986), Naam (1986), Maalamaal (1988) etc.
Dhillon in 2015
|Years active||1978– present|
|Spouse(s)||Ashok Thakeria (1988–1997)|
The first time Dhillon gained fame was when she got crowned Miss Young India 1978 at the age of 16. Director Yash Chopra noticed her and offered her a role in the film Trishul (1978) where she performed the song "Gapoochi Gapoochi gum gum" with co-star Sachin Pilgaonkar. Chopra then gave her the title role in Noorie (1979), which he produced. For this, Dhillon was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Subsequently, she did about 90 films in Hindi, including Sohni Mahiwal, Red Rose, Teri Kasam, Dard, Nishana, Yeh Vaada Raha, Samunder, Romance, Kasam, and Sitamgar. She was often paired with Rajesh Khanna and together, they performed in Dard, Nishaan, Zamana, Awam, Red Rose (1980 film) and Jai Shiv Shankar. She featured in six films opposite Rajesh Khanna. She did a cameo in Judaai as a favor to producer Boney Kapoor after Juhi Chawla dropped out. She also appeared in regional films such as Nyay Danda (Bengali), Yuddha Kaanda (Kannada), Ishtam (Telugu) and Yavarum Nalam/13B:Fear has a new address (Hindi).
She has been in the Hindi theatre 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. Currently she is doing a play called "U Turn" which is the Hindi version of a Marathi play.
Dhillon ventured into the make-up van business, pioneering the concept in the Indian film industry. She runs a make-up van company, "VANITY". Coming from an academic family where her father was an aeronautical engineer, her mother was Principal in a school, and her two siblings both doctors. Poonam did her graduation after joining Films at age 16. Currently she is doing her MBA in International Business. She has been very active with social causes like drug awareness, AIDS awareness, family planning and organ donation. Dhillon was a contestant on Bigg Boss aired on Colors TV. She ended up as runner-up on the show.
She has been a prominent speaker at the SAARC business summit at Kathmandu and Delhi and was appointed as cultural ambassador. She was also a speaker at the MINDMINE event. She did a show to "Save and Empower the Girl Child" with Lilavati Hospital.
Recently she has also launched an event and film production company "Poetic Justice Films Pvt Ltd.".
|2014||Double Di Trouble||Pammi||Smeep Kang||Hindi|
|2013||Ramaiya Vastavaiya||Ashwini||Prabhu Deva||Hindi|
|2011||Kunasathi Kunitari||Rekha Sahay, Nitin Jagdish||Marathi|
|2011||Miley Naa Miley Hum||Shalini S. Mehra||Tanveer Khan||Hindi|
|2009||Dil Bole Hadippa!||Yamini Singh||Anurag Singh||Hindi|
|2009||13B||Manohar's mother||Vikram Kumar||Hindi|
|2001||Ishtam||Lakshmi||Vikram Kumar, Raj Kumar||Telugu|
|1997||Judaai||Nisha (Guest appearance)||Raj Kanwar||Hindi|
|1997||Mahaanta||Shanti Kapoor||Afzal Khan||Hindi|
|1991||Jhoothi Shaan||Ganga||Ranjan Bose||Hindi|
|1991||Qurbani Rang Layegi||Poonam||Raj N. Sippy||Hindi|
|1990||Jai Shiv Shankar||S.A. Chandrasekhar||Hindi|
|1990||Amiri Garibi||Rani Narayan||Harmesh Malhotra||Hindi|
|1990||Pathar Ke Insan||Lata Rai||Shomu Mukherjee||Hindi|
|1990||Police Public||Karuna Arun Sharma||Esmayeel Shroff||Hindi|
|1989||Yuddha Kaanda||Sunita||K.V. Raju||Kannada|
|1989||Batwara||Rajendra's wife||J.P. Dutta||Hindi|
|1989||Abhimanyu||Tulsi/Miss California 'Kelly'||Tony Juneja||Hindi|
|1989||Galiyon Ka Badshah||Madhu||Sher Jung Singh||Hindi|
|1989||Hisaab Khoon Ka||Anupriya||Surendra Mohan||Hindi|
|1988||Hum Farishte Nahin||Sunita||Jatin Kumar||Hindi|
|1988||Maalamaal||Poonam Malhotra||Kewal Sharma||Hindi|
|1988||Sone Pe Suhaaga||Shraddha||K. Bapaiah||Hindi|
|1987||Himmat Aur Mehanat||Sharda||K. Bapaiah||Hindi|
|1987||Awam||Sushma||Baldev Raj Chopra||Hindi|
|1987||Mard Ki Zabaan||Lata||K. Bapaiah||Hindi|
|1986||Avinash||Dr. Sapna||Umesh Mehra||Hindi|
|1986||Dosti Dushmani||Lata||T. Rama Rao||Hindi|
|1986||Ek Chadar Maili Si||Raaji||Sukhwant Dhadda||Hindi|
|1986||Khel Mohabbat Ka||Lily/Shyamoli||Satish Duggal||Hindi|
|1986||Naam||Seema Rai||Mahesh Bhatt||Hindi|
|1986||Palay Khan||Zuleykha Khan||Ashim Samanta||Hindi|
|1986||Saveray Wali Gaadi||Jyoti||Bharathiraaja||Hindi|
|1985||Bepanaah||Radha Malhotra||Jagdish Sidana||Hindi|
|1985||Geraftaar||Anuradha Saxena||Prayag Raaj||Hindi|
|1985||Kabhi Ajnabi The||Asha||Vijay Singh||Hindi|
|1985||Shiva Ka Insaaf||Nisha||Raj N. Sippy||Hindi|
|1985||Sitamgar||Nisha Nath||Raj N. Sippy||Hindi|
|1985||Tawaif||Kaynat Mirza||B.R. Chopra||Hindi|
|1985||Teri Meherbaniyan||Bijli||Vijay Reddy||Hindi|
|1984||John Jani Janardhan||Cheryl J. Mendez||T. Rama Rao||Hindi|
|1984||Sohni Mahiwal||Sohni||Umesh Mehra, Latif Faiziyev||Hindi|
|1984||Yaadgar||Naina 'Naini'||Dasari Narayana Rao||Hindi|
|1983||Qayamat||Sudha||Raj N. Sippy||Hindi|
|1982||Aapas Ki Baat||Kajal Srivastava||Harmesh Malhotra||Hindi|
|1982||Sawaal||Sonia D. Mehta||Ramesh Talwar||Hindi|
|1982||Teri Kasam||Dolly||A. C. Tirulokchandar||Hindi|
|1982||Yeh To Kamaal Ho Gaya||Priya Singh||T. Rama Rao||Hindi|
|1982||Yeh Vaada Raha||Sunita Sikkan/Sonu||Kapil Kapoor||Hindi|
|1981||Baseraa||Sarita Sethi||Ramesh Talwar||Hindi|
|1981||Dard||Poonam Bhargav||Ambrish Sangal||Hindi|
|1981||Main Aur Mera Haathi||Julie||R. Thiagaraj||Hindi|
|1980||Red Rose||Sharda||Bharathi Raja||Hindi|
|1980||Biwi-O-Biwi||Asha M. Singh||Rahul Rawail||Hindi|
|1980||Nishana||Kavitha||K. Raghavendra Rao||Hindi|
|1979||Kaala Patthar||Raghunath's daughter||Yash Chopra||Hindi|
|1979||Noorie||Noorie Nabi||Manmohan Krishna||Hindi|
|1978||Trishul||Babli/Kusum Gupta||Yash Chopra||Hindi|
|1995||Andaz||Pooja||Co-stars Sudesh Berry||Zee TV|
|2002||Chusth Durusth||Host||Zee TV|
|2002||Kittie Party||Manju||Zee TV|
|2005||Showbiz India (Celebrity Profile)||Herself|
|2009||Bigg Boss 3||Contestant||Second runner-up||Colors|
|2013 - 2014||Ekk Nayi Pehchaan||Sharda Suresh Modi/ Sharda Mehta||Sony TV|
|2014||Comedy Nights with Kapil||Guest||Along with Dharmendra||Colors|
|2018||Dil Hi Toh Hai||Mamta Noon||Main male protagonist's stepmother||Sony TV|
|1979||Noorie||Filmfare Award||Best actress||Nominated|
|2015||Ekk Nayi Pehchaan||Indian Telly Award||Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Drama)||Won|
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