Name: Poonam Pandey
Birth Date : 11th March, 1991
Birth Place : Mumbai
Zodiac : Pisces
Age: 24 years
Height : 5 feet and 7 inches
Favorite Actor : Shahrukh Khan
Favorite Actress : Deepika Padukone
Endorsements : Featured for 29 calenders including Gladrags and Kingfisher calender 2012.
Years active : 2010 - Present
Poonam Pandey is an Indian model and Bollywood film actress. Her first film in a leading role was " Nasha" - released in the year 2013.
Family : Poonam Pandey was born in the city of dreams - Mumbai. She comes from a Brahmin family that includes her parents, an elder brother - Nilesh, who is a software engineer by profession and her younger sister - Shradha Pandey. At a very early stage in life, Poonam left her college in order to pursue her career in modeling. She had full consent of her family and describes her family to be very supportive and understanding.
Career : Poonam Pandey was still graduating when she decided to drop out from college to follow her dreams of becoming a model. She participated in a popular reality show; Gladrags - an Indian magazine that features modeling and related events. Every year they conduct Manhunt and Megamodel contests. The winners and runner - ups of the show are promoted by the magazine. Poonam was among the top eight contestants and thus she got her first opportunity to feature for Gladrags calender. This was followed by 29 different calenders. She also participated for the Kingfisher Calender girl 2011; beating thousands of contenders from around the world; Poonam won the title and appeared in the Kingfisher Calender 2011 and Kingfisher Calender 2012. Google Zeitgeist 2011 prepared a list of rising celebrities of India. Poonam found her place among the top ten names of the list.
In the year 2013, she appeared as a lead actress in the movie "Nasha." Her role of a teacher, who ends up having physical relationship with her student, brought her negative criticism; however, Rediff stated that she excels as a seductress in this movie. She had also signed to act in the sequel of "Nasha" which was scheduled to release this year. Amit Saxena, director of "Nasha" was very happy to have Poonam for the sequel.
Poonam Pandey was also seen in the forth season of action reality game show; "Khattron ke khilladi" hosted by bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar. Reports said that she was offered INR 50 lacs to participate in this show. Poonam accepted the offer and ditched the producers of another reality show - " Comedy Ka Mahamuqabla," as both these shows were scheduled at the same time.
Controversies : Poonam Pandey found herself at the center of all controversies; right from the start of her career in this industry. She rose to media spotlight when she promised to strip for the Indian Cricket Team, if they won the World cup 2011.
The team did play well and were the proud winners of World Cup 2011. However, the actress did not get the permission to fulfill her promise; even after several letters written to the BCCI requesting their permission. The actress partially stood up to her promise, when she had posted her nude pictures on social media site to express her happiness when Shahrukh Khan's (her favorite actor) team, KKR won the IPL 5.
She was again involved in another controversy just after the release of her first movie " Nasha." The poster showed her clad in just two placards; that angered the people and protesters of different groups. They even went to the extent of burning the posters, just few days before the release.
Poonam was very disappointed with this enraged reaction, she received for her first movie. She justified her work; saying that, the people are appreciating hardcore porn stars from abroad who are working in the industry and it is because she has no "godfather,"that she is facing all sorts unnecessary criticism.
The biggest controversy that the actress faced recently is, when a nude picture of hers, well crafted with a picture of Sachin Tendulkar appeared in the local news paper of Kolkata. The picture suggested the idea of Poonam and Sachin posing like Hindu Gods with Pakistani players crying at their feet.
Did You Know?
Poonam Pandey has her own website : Poonampandey.co.in that had an Alexa ranking of 39 thousand within few weeks of its launch. She secured the 5th position in "the most searchable personality in India 2011." She is the first model to have the highest growing fans on Twitter.
Nasha - 2013 Malini & Co - In Productions