MUMBAI: Looks like there is another Bollywood star kid on the block.
It is Poonam Dhillon’s daughter Paloma Dhillon Thakeria who made some time ago after she posted her pictures in bikini on social media.
Will Paloma be the next big thing in Bollywood?
She could be, like her gorgeous mom.
Paloma can be called Gujju Sardarni because her mom Poonam Dhillon, 54 now, is a Sikh and her filmmaker dad Ashok Thakeria is Gujarati. Indeed, Paloma’s mom was one of the most gorgeous women at her prime.
She (Poonam) was crowned the Miss Young India at the age of 16. She then went on to win the Femina Miss India in 1977.
Poonam’s beauty was noticed by Yash Chopra and he opened the Bollywood gates for the young hot Sardarni by offering her a role in his super hit Trishul (1978).
Poonam was a student in Chandigarh back then. She had signed for Trishul just for the fun of doing a film as she had no intention of being a film star. In fact, her intention was to have some fun while doing the film and then go back to Chandigarh to pursue further studies. But destiny had other plans for her.
Impressed by her performance, Yash Chopra gave her the lead role in Noorie (1978) which was again a super-hit and she was was nominated for the Filmfare Award For Best Actress.
Since Poonam was still a student when Noorie was being shot in Jammu and Mumbai, Yash Chopra had to arrange her flights in such a way she could take her exams in the morning and join the shooting in the evening.
As Poonam got foothold in Bollywood, Yash Chopra’s assistant Ramesh Talwar, who was the script writer of Noorie, was the first person she got into a relationship.
There were reports at that time Poonam and Ramesh have got secretly engaged and that Ramesh had bought her a home.
In fact, at an event when Rishi Kapoor, who was seated next to Poonam, was asked by a photographer to get closer to the actress so that he could have their photo together, Rishi Kapoor had told the photographer, “Don’t be silly, yaar. She is Ramesh Talwar’s exclusive property.’’
But she ended the relationship with Ramesh Talwar after some nasty reports in the media about herself and Yash Chopra.
Poonam also reportedly had a short affair with Raj Sippy after her break-up with Ramesh Talwar.
She was introduced to Ashok Thakeria by producer-director Umesh Mehra and his wife Ritu during a Holi party at their Khandala farmhouse. Poonam had just lost her father and was depressed when she met Ashok who helped her get over her grief and developed feelings for her.
There were reports that Ashok Thakeria used to send her flowers daily till Poonam said `yes’ to marry him. They tied the knot in 1988. The couple had two children. Poonam became a stay-at-home mom to raise the kids – first their son Anmol and then daughter Paloma.
But their marriage started turning sour as Poonam felt bored and ignored by her busy husband. There used to fights between the two. Once Poonam reportedly told a friend about her uncaring husband, “I don’t feel connected to him the way I used to earlier and I don’t have him to myself even on a Sunday.’’
As the couple got alienated, there were reports of Ashok Thakeria getting involved with another woman. When Poonam confronted him, her suspicion proved true.
As if in revenge, Poonam also allegedly got involved with Hong Kong-based businessman Kiku. The two would fly to see each other. The last straw came in October 1997 when Poonam left Ashok’s home and moved to live with her sister Rishma Pai who is a doctor in Mumbai.
Poonam and Ashok Thakeria finally divorced in 1997 itself. Poonam has stayed single since then.