Thursday, March 12, 2009

Gul panag

January on 3, 1979 Chandigarh, India
Gul Panag is a critically acclaimed Bollywood actress and former beauty queen who has competed in the Miss Universe pageant. Her notable films are Dhoop , Dor and Manorama Six Feet Under.

What do you have to say about homosexuality? So much is said about Article 377, what is your take on it?
Gul Panag:I think in a democracy and If we say we are one, then nobody should say anything about one's sexual preference.

Now, there is even a lip-lock scene people are talking about?
Gul Panag: Well, they should. We are all hypocrites, we all kiss but we don't want to see it on screen. As for me I have done it before so it is a non-issue for me. But for Vinay it's his first kiss so I told him don't worry, leave it for me I'm a pro let me handle it.

"It was not for a change in my image. I am very happy to have the image that I have. I am associated with a certain type of work and I don't want to change that ever. But what is important is that people should understand that what they see on screen and what I am are two different persons,"

I can look good in a bikini or any other sexy outfit or equally convincing in a nightie. That's the job of an actor,"

-Gul Panag

Gul Panag hails from an Army background.Her father Lieutenant General H S Panag, is in the Indian Army and is at present Army Commander, Central Command. She has a younger brother , Sherbir Singh who is a nationally ranked Skeet shooter and is at present studying at her Alma Mater, The Lawrence School Lovedale. She started her education in Sangrur, in Punjab and changed more than 14 schools including various Kendriya Vidyalayas( Chandigarh, Mhow, Leh, Wellington), The Lawrence School Lovedale, Ooty and the International School Of Lusaka, Zambia. She did her Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Punjabi University Patiala and Masters in Political Science from Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Gul Panag won Miss India in 1999 and she also won the miss beautiful smile awards Miss Universe 1999 pageant. She worked in films like Jurm and Dhoop and also the serial Kashmeer (STAR Plus), but she got her fame with 2006 film, Dor in the role of Zeenat. The 2007 film, Manorama Six Feet Under, inspired from Roman Polanski's Chinatown, earned her fabulous reviews. She has a big line up of films this year starting with Summer 2007. She also has acted in the film Hello(2008). Gul appeared on the front page and a photo shoot for Maxim (magazine) in September 2008

Gul Panag also an avid reader…
Gul often reads 2-3 books simultaneously; one on her bedside, another in the car and usually one in her handbag. Gul Panag has a large collection of books and is a collector of first editions. Gul Panag‘s all time favourites include A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Gul Panag also is a big fan of the Harry Potter series

Gul Panag an Adventurer
Apart from tennis and swimming to keep fit, Gul also enjoys adventure and endurance sports such as white water rafting, rock climbing and trekking. And takes out time to indulge in them. Gul Panag recently went hiking in the greater and came back enthralled. “ It allows me to view my work and life in general from a whole new perspective each time I return”. An off road enthusiast, Gul and her custom made Scorpio 4by4, can often be spotted exploring tracks in the nearby hills of Lonavala and Karnala. Driving from to Leh (Ladakh), and camping on the way, has been an annual pilgrimage for her for the last 4 years.

Love for Horses…
Even though Gul keeps very busy with work, she regularly takes out time to ride. Gul Panag ’s been riding since she was ten years old and hasn’t stopped since. As a young girl, she also participated and won medals in various Equestrian events. Whether in Mumbai or when visiting her parents, horses are always a part of her life and she thoroughly enjoys time spent riding in tandem with the horse.

That she’s is in fabulous shape is a well know fact, but little known is that behind all of that is a very tough and strong core. Gul has very high levels of endurance and strength as is clear from her track record of running marathons. Gul Panag has run the Mumbai International Marathon every year since its start and regularly trains to keep up her stamina. And all this “just for the fun of it!”.

  1. Hello Darling (2008) (post-production)
  2. A Rectangular Love Story (2009)
  3. Hello... (2008) .... Priyanka
  4. Summer 2007 (2008)
  5. Manorama Six Feet Under (2007) (as Gul Panag) .... Nimmi
  6. Dor (2006) .... Zeenat Fatima
  7. Jurm (2005) .... Sonia
  8. Dhoop (2003) .... Peehu A. Verma

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