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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Gul panag in Swimsuit during the Miss Universe Swimsuit round

 Gul was born in Chandigarh, into a 2nd generation armed forces family. She had the fortune of traveling all over the country due to her father’s frequent transfers. By the end of her schooling she had changed 14 schools! Among many Kendriya Vidyalaya’s, The Lawrence School Lovedale, she also studied in Lusaka, Zambia at the International School. She is an alumnus of the Government College for Girls, Patiala, where she pursued a BA in Mathematics and went on to do a Masters in Political Science from Punjab University Chandigarh. Gul always maintained a keen interest in sport and public speaking. She’s won many state and national level debating competitions, including gold medals twice, at the Annual National Inter University Debate.

Entering the Miss India Pageant was a mere extension of her multi talented personality. It came as no surprise when she was crowned Miss India Universe in 1999, still only in her teens. Adamant about finishing her BA (Mathematics) degree, she took time off in her reign year to do the same. The journey since then has been eventful and rewarding. She did a bit modeling, a few TV shows including the critically acclaimed series Kashmeer, before graduating to film with the superbly received Dhoop , her award winning portrayal of Zeenat in Nagesh Kukunoor's Dor and her highly acclaimed work in Manorama Six Feet Under. Then came Summer 2007 directed by her friend, Suhail Tatari, where once again she earned her fabulous reviews. Hello her first big budget outing met with a fair degree success, and her glamourous avatar in it took people by surprise and got her a lot of appreciation from audiences and critics alike. But it was the recently released Straight, that got Gul a unanimous seal of approval from one and all turning her into the poster girl for the discerning and thinking audience. She has up for release this year Rajat Kapoor's "Fatso" , Mukta Arts "Hello Darling" and the eagerly awaited Rann directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Gul is currently working on Turning 30 which is a Prakash Jha production

Today Gul has earned respect not only as an actor but also a as a human being and has undoubtedly a long innings ahead of her. She has emerged as a thinking actor; her choice of work setting her apart from her contemporaries. She is very particular about playing diverse characters, and works hard to make them look visually different from her earlier portrayals. Whether it was the short haired Peehu in Dhoop, glamourous Sonia in Jurm, stark and sans any makeup Zeenat in Dor and now coming up Nimmi in Manorama Six Feet Under or yuppie Priyanka in Hello, she looks very different in each one of them. She is of course helped immensely by her extremely versatile and unusual looks.She is very hot and sexy

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