The Gul Panag File
PANAG BY THE NUMBERS
2 Gold medals she won in national inter-university debating contests
5 Blog posts she has written in the last year
8 Films she has starred in
14 Number of schools she attended
20 Age when she won the Miss India Universe title
29 Her current age (She was born Jan. 29, 1979)
“I am not one of those actresses who makes a noise about kissing on screen. If you are an actor, then such scenes are part of your job.” (The Telegraph)
“It was a very conscious decision for me to be able to do the films that take me seriously as an actor.” (Screen)
“I have managed an image of a critically acclaimed actor but I can look hot at the same time. In fact, I did one of the most sensuous scenes on-screen which included a kiss and lovemaking both. But that’s a part of my job and I carried it out in a dignified manner.” (Times of India)
She is the daughter of Lieutenant General H. S. Panag of the Indian Army and sister of Sherbir Singh, a nationally ranked skeet shooter. She attended 14 schools and graduated from The Lawrence School in Lovedale, Tamil Nadu. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Government College for Girls, Patiala, and a master’s in political science from Panjab University.
After winning the Miss India title, she completed her education, did some modeling and acted in a few TV shows. She made her big-screen debut in 2003, appearing in Ashwini Chaudhary’s “Dhoop.” She gained critical acclaim for her portrayal of Zeenat in the 2006 movie “Dor,” directed by former Atlanta resident Nagesh Kukunoor.
She is an avid reader and writer. She reads two or three book simultaneously and writes regular columns for Auto Car magazine and the Hindustan Times. “I am not someone who will write only for the sake of publicity,” she told Screen magazine.
PANAG ON THE WEB
Her official website, including her blog
Scenes from the 1999 Miss India contest
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