Poonam Pandey (born 11 March 1991) is an Indian model and an erotic actress.[1][2] She debuted in Bollywood with the film Nasha in 2013.[3] On 2 February 2024, it was posted on her social media that she had died of cervical cancer. The next day, she revealed that it was a publicity stunt to raise awareness on the disease.

Poonam Pandey
Pandey in 2022
Born (1991-03-11) 11 March 1991 (age 33)
NationalityIndian
Occupations
Years active2010–present
Spouse
Sam Bombay
(m. 2020; sep. 2021)

Early life

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Pandey was born to a family from Kanpur on 11 March 1991.[4][5][6] She began her career as a model in 2010.[7] She became one of the top nine contestants of the Gladrags Manhunt and Megamodel Contest and appeared on the cover page of the fashion magazine.[8][9]

Media spotlight

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Pandey became popular through her social media accounts, including Twitter when she started posting her semi-nude photos. Her revealing photos received much media attention.[10]

Pandey rose to media spotlight when she promised to strip for the India national cricket team if it won the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[11][12] India indeed lifted the World Cup; however, Pandey did not fulfil her promise due to public disapproval, but later claimed she was denied permission by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).[13] However, she did upload a video on her mobile app, where she is seen stripping naked at the Wankhede Stadium at night.[14]

In 2012, she posed nude after Kolkata Knight Riders won the Indian Premier League.[15][16]

Pandey went on to have her own mobile application developed. The app was banned by Google soon after its 2017 launch in the Play Store and is available as of 2020 on her official site only.[17]

Pandey also uploaded a sex tape to Instagram in which she was with her boyfriend, that she later deleted.[18][19]

Film career

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Pandey in 2013

In 2013, she played the female lead of the film Nasha, playing a teacher who ends up having a sexual relationship with one of her students.[20] While Rediff.com stated that she excelled as a seductress in the role,[21] the Mumbai Mirror said she did "not play seductresses but a proper, responsible drama teacher" and that "Poonam makes an effort but isn't quite there".[22]

The posters for the film, which featured her "clad in nothing, but two placards tactfully placed to cover her body", angered people and a group of protesters tore the posters and set them on fire on 20 July 2013 in Mumbai.[23] The general secretary of Shiv Sena Chitrapat objected to advertisements, saying, "We find the poster highly vulgar and derogatory and won't allow such hoardings."[24]

Personal life

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Pandey married her long-term boyfriend Sam Bombay on 1 September 2020. The wedding had to be private because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They were married at their Mumbai home in the presence of close friends and family.[25]

On 11 September, Pandey filed a complaint against Bombay, claiming he had molested, threatened and assaulted her. Bombay was arrested on Tuesday 23 September in Goa, The incident happened in Canacona village in south Goa where Pandey was shooting for a movie.[26][27] However this sparked a controversy as many accused her of scamming and abusing the use of IPC Section 498A.[28][clarification needed] Bombay was later released on bail and Pandey talked things over with him.[29][30] Due to the sudden patch up just a few days after the incident and Bombay's arrest, many claimed and trolled her on social media that the whole incident was a publicity stunt.[31][28]

On 5 November 2020, Pandey was arrested in North Goa for filming a nude video on government property.[32][33] The arrest came after the Goa Forward Party filed a complaint and FIR, and stated to the media that Pandey's video was an assault on the women of Goa.[30]

On 18 January 2022, she was given protection from arrest by the Supreme Court of India, after being accused of involvement in the major porn film racketing controversy scandal, that involved many Bollywood stars.[34][35]

Death stunt

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Pandey's manager posted on her official Instagram account through a post that Pandey had died of cervical cancer on 1 February 2024, at the age of 32.[36][37] The next day, it was revealed to be a publicity stunt to raise awareness about the disease, which received widespread criticism.[38][39][40] Pandey publicly apologised after the All Indian Cine Workers Association demanded that the Mumbai Police Commissioner file an FIR against her.[41] She is facing a Rs 100 crores' defamation lawsuit. Faizan Ansari has filed a case against Pandey, accusing her of tampering with the sentiments and trust of millions of people.[42]

Filmography

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Films

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Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 The Uncanny Rita Short film [43]
Nasha Anita Joseph In Hindi [44][45][46]
2014 Love Is Poison Herself In Kannada, Special appearance in song "Shyane Ishta Cricketettu" [47]
Adalat Herself in Bhojpuri [43]
2015 Malini & Co. Malini in Telugu [48][49][50]
2017 Aa Gaya Hero Herself in Hindi, Special appearance in a song [51]
GST – Galti Sirf Tumhari In Hindi [52]
2018 The Journey of Karma Karma D'souza In Hindi [53][54]
2019 Love in a Taxi Herself In Hindi [43]
2020 Touch the Fire Poonam Pandey In Hindi [43]

Television

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Year Title Role Notes
2011 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 4 Contestant 11th place
2015 Total Nadaniyaan Jalebi Bai
Pyaar Mohabbat Ssshhh
2022 Lock Upp Contestant 7th place

Web series

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Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2023 Honeymoon Suite Room No. 911 ALTBalaji

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