8 Punekars Who Made it Big in the Entertainment Industry

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Our Hindi entertainment industry must be based in Mumbai but a lot of acting talent there has been exported from Pune. Of course, it does not come as a surprise because let’s face it,  Punekars are born talented! Therefore, in the mood to boast a little about these hella good actors from our ville, we have enlisted them!

Radhika Apte

There has not been a single movie where she has not proved her mettle as an actor. Her recent success ‘Parched’ is another example of that. She has spent 25 years of her life here and she has confessed that she fervently misses Pune.


Parth Samthaan

He made it big on Indian television with ‘Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan’ and that has definitely catapulted him into every girl’s heart. Despite his packed schedule, he visits Pune every so often to meet his family.

Smita Patil

This late actress is still remembered for her meticulous acting skills. She was one of the very firsts who broke the conventions of a fair, light-eyed actress and stunned everyone with her dusky beauty. And, who can forget her oozing hotness in the song ‘Aaj rapat jaye’!

Lillette Dubey

She is not only an ethereal beauty but a big name in theatre, films and television. Apart from acting, she directs wonderful plays. Adding a feather to her hat, she featured in the British blockbuster, ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ in 2011. Her role of a cougar in ‘Kal ho na ho’ was definitely one of the major highlights of the film and left us in splits!

Mrinal Kulkarni

Her last project in Bollywood was ‘A Rainy Day’ in 2014. However, she is rocking the Marathi industry since long as an actor and now a director. Her most memorable role would have to be the iconic, ‘Son Pari’, especially for the millenials!

Sonali Kulkarni

Whenever her name pops up, the song ‘Wo ladki hai kahan’ darts through our minds. She is touted as one of the finest actresses in India with one National Award under her belt. She has been away from the Hindi audience for a while with her last Bollywood movie ‘Singham’, which released in 2011. But she has conquered regional cinema of many states lately!

Gauhar Khan

This Big Boss winner dabbles in films and reality television. She was also a top model at one point who sashayed the runways for many top notch designers. Amazing dancing skills and an athletic body are other endearing qualities that she possess. Do you remember her in ‘The Khan Sisters’ with Nigaar Khan? That show was actually modeled after Keeping Up With The Kardarshians!

Nigaar Khan

Just like her sister Gauhar, she is a prominent face on Indian television. She is known for portraying negative roles in shows like Lipstick and Baal Veer. Nonetheless, her character in the show ‘Buddhha’ garnered her rave reviews and awards. Last year, she got married to Khayaam Sheikh.

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