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The actress was the first one to introduce the concept of make-up vans on sets with her own venture Vanity.
Talking about it she avers, “I have always been a constantly curious person, very eager to try my hand at new things.
We plan a lot of things in life but I think God always has better things for you!
But when the filmmakers coaxed me saying that they had bigger heroines wanting to be a part of the film and here I was rejecting it, I simply agreed! He always treated me at par with my siblings, both of whom are doctors now.” The shock was momentary as seeing her daughter’s performance so well appreciated her mother soon came to terms with it.
” Considering that getting into the glam world was “sheer chance” we were curious to know the reaction at her home when the news was broken to the family. Talking about her initial steps in Bollywood, she tells us that she’s been grateful to Yash Chopra as he was her first mentor in the industry.
This former Miss Young India 1977 caught the eye of the late Yash Chopra who offered her, her first film TRISHUL when she was just 16! The yesteryears’ actress acted in over 80 films, a handful of TV serials, received recognition but soon faded from the public memory with her short hiatus following marriage, kids and a divorce a decade later.
But being the strong willed woman that she is, we all saw Poonam make a comeback through the reality show ‘Bigg Boss Season 3’ where she was one of the top three finalists!
I also did many movies with Rajesh Khanna who was always very considerate and protective of me on the sets.” Films bought her fame and Poonam was much applauded for her roles in movies like DARD, NISHAAN, ZAMANA, AWAM , SOHNI HIWAL (1984), SAMUNDAR, SAVERAY WALI GAADI (1986) and NAAM.
She later married Ashok Thakeria in 1988 with whom she has two kids—son Anmol and daughter Paloma.
Poonam was soon noticed by all and sundry for the song ‘Gapoochi gapoochi gum gum…’ with co-star Sachin Pilgaonkar and became the new face in Bollywood.
This, as she says, was followed by NOORIE during her first semester in college.
But the marriage was short lived and ended after 9 years.