Born on August 13, 1979, Kamya Panjabi started her Television career in 2001. She appeared in one of the most popular shows - horror-thriller Ssshhhh...Koi Hai's - Shart episode. She later appeared in shows such as Kehta Hai Dil (2002), Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr (2002) and Piya Ka Ghar (2002). All pictures courtesy/Kamya Panjabi's official Instagram account
But before stepping into the Television industry, Kamya Panjabi played a small role in 2000 release Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, starring Hrithik Roshan and Ameesha Patel. Kamya had a blink-and-miss role, as the girl who taunts Ameesha on the cruise ship.
However, even before that, Kamya Panjabi first faced the camera in 1997. Kamya's maiden music venture was Mehndi Mehndi song. She even featured in the popular music video Kala Shah Kala by Anamika. In picture: Kamya Panjabi with her daughter Aara.
After a true struggle to get noticed by the showbiz makers, Kamya Panjabi finally started bagging multiple projects from the Television industry.
Kamya Panjabi was part of TV shows such as Kehta Hai Dil, Kyun Hota Hai Pyarrr, Piya Ka Ghar, Kammal, Astitva...Ek Prem Kahani, Reth, Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki, Banoo Main Teri Dulhann, Amber Dhara, Jeet Jayenge Hum, Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak?, Parvarrish – Kuchh Khattee Kuchh Meethi, Do Dil Ek Jaan and the latest one being Shakti — Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki.
Kamya Panjabi, who mostly played negative roles in TV shows, also participated in one of the most controversial reality shows - Bigg Boss. She was part of Bigg Boss - Season 7 and got evicted on Day 91.
Kamya Panjabi had once confessed that she is interested in becoming a politician. Her reason to join politics is even stronger as she stated that she wants to put an end to harassment against women in the country. In picture: Kamya Panjabi with Vikas Gupta.
"I want to be in politics as I feel politics is not a bad career choice. It is one of the most challenging and hardworking career options which not only tests one's strength but also the person's personality," Kamya said. In picture: Kamya Panjabi with designer Rohit Verma.
"I want to bring harassment against women to an end. Women are born to live a greater life. I don't want to see anyone being a victim to their family, society or anyone. They need to live a life fearlessly," she added. She wants to encourage women to fight for their rights. If she joins politics, she says she will make the environment "so women-friendly that people will think before harassing a woman". In picture: Kamya Panjabi with Karan Wahi.
On the personal front, Kamya Panjabi married businessman Bunty Negi in 2003. The couple, however, got parted ways and got divorced in 2013. Kamya Panjabi has a nine-year-old daughter Aara, whom she has raised alone since her divorce.
Kamya wants people to treat a single and divorced mother with dignity. She said: "No matter how much advance and modern we have become, there is still backward thinking prevailing in our society. Women are still discriminated against, especially the divorced single mothers." In picture: Kamya Panjabi with her sister Mala Punjabi.
"On the face, they will say 'Oh, you are such strong lady, you are doing so good for your child', but behind our backs they don't even accept us. They would not even want a divorced single mother for their son, who might himself be also a divorcee. I agree things have changed, but acceptance is still a long mile ahead," said Kamya. In picture: Kamya with her daughter Aara!
You are a rockstar Kamya, more power to you! Here's wishing you very happy birthday to Kamya Panjabi!
It's Television actress Kamya Panjabi's birthday today. As the actress turned 40 on August 13, 2019, we take a look at some candid photos and lesser-known facts of Kamya
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