18 April 1962 (age 53) (
kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
1978–1997, 2001–2002, 2009–present
Ashok Thakeria (m. 1988–1997)
Anmol Thakeria, Paloma Thakeria
Rishma Dhillon-Pai, Baljinder Singh Dhillon
Samundar, Noorie, Teri Meherbaniyan, Sohni Mahiwal, Dard
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 (1978) and other films; Romance (1983), Sohni Mahiwal (1984), Samundar (1986), Saveray Wali Gaadi (1986), Karma (1986), Naam (1986), Maalamaal (1988) etc.
Dhillon participated in Bigg Boss in 2009 and was seen playing the lead role of Sharda Modi in the Sony TV series Ekk Nayi Pehchaan in 2013.
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) and Ishtam (Telugu).
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 the fourth guest on Bigg Boss (Season 3) 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.".