Often profiled in storybook terms Poonam Dhillon radiates an aura
of eternal optimism. Truly her life embodied fairy tale qualities. As
a teenager she won the title of Miss India 1977 and then gained more
national exposure as a cover girl and top magazine model. Legendary director
Yash Chopra then chose her to act in his next film, "Trishul"
that starred an all star cast that included Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini,
Raakhee, Shashi Kapoor, and Sanjeev Kapoor. In the film, Chopra picturized
her over a song wearing a revealing bathing suit and Poonam Dhillon became
an instant Bollywood sensation.
Soon she was an A List star and for the next 10 years she starred
in dozens of films opposite all the top heroes of the day. In 1988 she
married the film producer Ashok Thakeria in a celebrated Bollywood love
match. Unlike many other actresses of the day Poonam did not retire from
acting and continued her career. She had two children and proved that
motherhood and a career could be compatible for an Indian woman.
Beyond the fairy tale exterior and glam surface of the Bollywood
entertainers she acted in Poona Dhillon in reality is a woman of much
substance. Her fairy tale marriage ended in divorce, from which she moved
on raising her two children as her first priority. She moved into film,
television, and entertainment production all the while continuing her
acting career. Recently she has been involved with nurturing media talent
for acting and modeling. Dhillon is also active with Internet technology
and has her own web site. She is active in charity works and politics,
in 2002 became a member of the Indian Congress party. On April 18th,
2003 Poona Dhillon turned 38 years old. It is a truly incredible life
for a woman who is not yet 40 years of age.
Poona Dhillon truly lives and embodies the life of the modern Indian
woman; active, modern, yet tradition bound. And it must also be noted,
she had the most gorgeous thick long hair of any actress in Bollywood
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