Do you know Punjabi cinema is known as Pollywood/ Punjwood? Well, you might be thinking why I am talking about Punjabi cinema. Here, we are going to discuss the most popular Punjabi actress. Some are born in Punjab while some are not. But most importantly, they have rocked the Punjabi industry with their talents. Agree or not?
We have compiled a list of 15 Famous Punjabi actresses you must know. From influential personalities like Sargun Mehta to beautiful Ihana Dhillon to Bigg Boss Fame Shehnaaz Gill. We have included the top names of Pollywood in the list. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s check out the list given below:
1- Sargun Mehta:
Here is the most popular Punjabi actress non-other than Sargun Mehta. She began her career with theatre shows and starred in the tv series 12/24 Karol Bagh aired on ZeeTV. Sargun has won two Filmfare Awards Punjabi and three PTC Punjab Film Awards.
Indeed, Sargun has appeared in several tv shows as an actress, and host as well. Her first Punjabi movie was Angrej, she played the role of Dhan Kaur. Love Punjab, Qismat, Surkhi Bindi, Saunkan Saunkne, Jhalle, and Chandigarh Amritsar Chandigarh are some of her best Punjabi movies.
2- Sonam Bajwa:
Sonam Bajwa is a famous actress born on 16 August 1989. She made her debut with the Punjabi movie Best of Luck. She portrayed the female lead role of Jeeti in the film Punjab 1984. Bajwa won the PTC Punjabi Film Award for the film Ardab Mutiyaran.
Apart from this, she also appeared in some Telugu as well as Tamil movies. She was ranked #1 in Chandigarh Times’ Most Desirable Woman in 2016, 2017, and 2019 & ranked #2 in 2018, and #4 in 2020. Bajwa also appeared in Hindi films Bala and Street Dancer 3D.
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3- Surveen Chawla:
Hate Story 2 fame actress Surveen Chawla belongs to Chandigarh. She was born on 1 August 1984. Chawla began her career with the tv serial “Kahin To Hoga”. She has also appeared in famous serials Kasauti Zindagi Kay, and Kaajjal.
Coming to her Punjabi films, she has worked in movies like Dharti, Taur Mittran Di, Singh vs Kaur, Hero Naam Yaad Rakhi, etc. Moreover, Surveen Chawla has also worked in Telugu, Hindi, Kannada, and Tamil films. She has won PTC Punjabi Film awards for Dharti and Disco Singh.
4- Shehnaaz Kaur Gill:
Shehnaaz Kaur Gill is a Punjabi actress who rose to prominence with the reality show Bigg Boss Season 13. She is also a famous singer. Her single Veham came out when she was in Bigg Boss House. She started her career with the music video “Shiv Di Kitaab”.
Some of her Punjabi movies include Sat Shri Akaal England, Kala Shah Kala, Daaka, and Honsla Rakh. Shehnaaz appeared in the music videos Kurta Pajama, Bhula Dunga, Waada Hai, Keh Gayi Sorry, Fly, and Shona Shona. She appeared in the Colors reality show Mujhse Shaadi Karoge but soon quit the show.
Tania is an Indian actress who was born on 6 May 1993. She is famous for her work in Punjabi cinema. She started her acting career with the film Qismat. Tania has won the Brit Asia TV Award for Best Supporting Actress for this movie.
Later, she appeared in other Punjabi films including Son of Manjeet Singh, Guddiyan Patole, Sufna, Qismat 2, and Lekh. She also worked on music videos for Maninder Buttar’s “Teri Meri Ladayi”, Karan Aujla’s “Kya Baat Aa”, Gippy Grewal’s “U & Me”, Ammy Virk’s “Teri Jatti”, and Happy Raikoti’s “Tere Bina”.
6- Neeru Bajwa:
Neeru Bajwa is a Canadian actress who predominantly worked in Punjabi Cinema and Bollywood. She is also a director and producer. She began his acting career with soap operas Hari Mirch Laal Mirch, Astitva… Ek Prem Kahani and Jeet.
Besides, Neeru made her Bollywood debut with the film Main Solah Baras Ki. She has worked in numerous Punjabi films. Some of them include Dil Apna Punjabi, Jatt & Juliett, Saadi Love Story, Heer Ranjha, Sardaar Ji, Laung Laachi, Beautiful Billo, etc.
7- Mahie Gill:
Mahie Gill is an Indian actress famous for her work in Punjabi and Hindi films. She was born on 19 December 1975 in Chandigarh. She got her Master’s in theatre from Punjab University, Chandigarh. Gill got her first break from the Punjabi-based Bollywood film Hawayein.
In fact, Mahie is best known for her role as Paro in the film Dev D. She won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. She also appeared in the Punjabi films Sirf Paanch Din, Mitti Wajaan Mardi, Carry on Jatta, Shareek, and Jora: The Second Chapter.
8- Mandy Takhar:
Mandy Takhar is a British actress who is a renowned personality in Punjabi, Indian and Tamil cinema. She was born in Wolverhampton, UK but her roots are in Phagwara(Punjab). She moved to London to study drama at Kingston University. Her first role was in the film Ekam: Son of Soil.
Later, she landed the lead role in the movie Mirza: The Untold Story. Mandy made her debut in Tamil cinema with the action thriller Biriyani. She won the PTC Punjabi Film Awards for best-supporting actor.
9- Dhriti Saharan:
Dhriti Saharan is a famous actress who predominantly worked in Punjabi cinema. She was born on 10 September 1993 in Kolkata. She started her acting career with the movie “Pure Punjabi”. Then she got a role in the film Sadda Haq.
The latter won her the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress at PTC Punjabi Film Awards in 2014. She has also acted in Punjabi movies Love Touch, Pinky Moge Wali, and Vaapsi.
10- Navneet Kaur Dhillon:
The Love Shhuda actress Navneet Kaur Dhillon hails from Ambala(Haryana). She was born on 23 September 1992. She represented India in the Miss World 2013. Moreover, She won the Pond’s Femina Miss World India 2013 and Miss Multimedia award in Miss World 2013 beauty pageant.
Navneet portrayed the role of Pooja Misra in Love Shhuda, Jasleen Kaur in Ambarsariya, Seerat in High-End Yaariyan, Maya in Amavas, and the titular role in Ekta.
11- Kainaat Arora:
Kainaat Arora is a renowned Indian actress. She was born on 2 December 1986 to a Punjabi family. She made her debut in Punjabi cinema with the film Faraar. Kainaat has also worked in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam movies as well.
Some of her Punjabi movies include Jagga Jiunda E, Tipsy, Faraar, and Kitty Party. She also appeared in the superhit Bollywood comedy movie Grand Masti in which she played the role of Marlow. She is the second cousin of the late actress Divya Bharti.
12- Ihana Dhillon:
Ihana Dhillon is a stunning Punjabi actress. She was born in Faridkot, Punjab. She starred in the TLC’s show Jewels of Royals. Later, in 2013 she got the role of Minki in the Indian Punjabi film Daddy Cool Munde Fool. Ihana appeared in Punjabi movies Tiger, Thug Life, Blackia, etc.
Not only in Punjabi cinema, but she also worked in Bollywood movies. Ihana made her Bollywood debut with the film Hate Story 4. She appeared in the big-budget movie Radhe starring Salman Khan. Besides, she worked in music videos for Bewafa Tera Masoom Chehra, Baarish, Khaas, Tumse Pyar Karke, etc.
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13- Simi Chahal:
The PTC Punjabi Films Awards winner Simi Chahal is a Punjabi actress. She was born on 9 May 1992 in Ambala Cantt, Haryana. She began her career starring in music videos. Later, she made her debut with the film Bambukat.
In fact, Simi won a Filmfare Award Punjabi for Best Debut Actress in 2017. Some of her notable works include Sarvann, Daana Pani, Rabb Da Radio, Manje Bistre 2, Chal Mera Putt, etc.
14- Isha Rikhi:
Isha Rikhi is a gorgeous actress born on 9 September 1993 in Chandigarh. She started modeling at a young age and appeared in various commercials for Kalyan Jewellers, RMKV Saree, Chemmannur Jewelry, etc. She also walked the ramp for designers Rohit Verma, and Anju Modi.
Further, she made her debut with the film “Jatt Boys Putt Jattan De” and her Bollywood debut with the movie “Nawabzaade”. Some of her Punjabi films include Happy Go Lucky, Ardaas, Desi Munde, and others.
15- Himanshi Khurana:
Himanshi Khurana is an Indian actress. She was born on 27 November 1991 in Kiratpur Sahib, Punjab. She began modeling when she was 16 and become Miss Ludhiana. Himanshi made her debut in the Punjabi industry with the film “Sadda Haq”.
Moreover, Himanshi is also a singer and collaborated with Badshah, Jassi Gill, Ninja, Mankrit Aulakh, and J Star. She has appeared in several music videos Gallan Mithiyaan, Black & White, Propose, etc. In 2021, she became the first female Punjabi actor to feature at New York Times Square.