Gul Panag Is Now A Certified Pilot! Here’s Why She’s An Inspiration!

Written by Chaitra Krishnan, MA (Journalism & Mass Communication)  • 

When we think about models and movie stars, it’s always about a pretty face and the ability to perform on screen. Well, that’s not always true because they can be fab at things outside the world of cameras and flashlights as well. For example, B-town’s most favorite actress Deepika Padukone is a national level badminton player and also a state level baseball player. Sushant Singh Rajput, before entering the media industry was completely into the engineering world and he secured 7th rank in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE)!

There are many other actors who have proven their abilities in areas that are miles away from the tinsel town. One such actress is Gul Panag, the former Miss India, and Bollywood actress who is a complete all-rounder when it comes to achievements outside the media world.Gul Panag is a familiar name for those who follow the Indian fashion industry closely. More than her accomplishments in the reel life, we love her for being the woman that she is in her real life. She has donned the hats of a model, an actor, a social activist, a politician, a biker, a marathon-runner, and now, a certified pilot! With her endless list of achievements, Gul proved that anyone’s life can take a flight if you are ready to work hard for it. Read on to know more about the multi-talented dimpled diva and her adventurous life that we can’t get enough of.

The Army Kid

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Gul Panag was born to Lt. Gen. Harcharanjit Singh Panag and Gurjit Kaur in 1979. As a result of her father’s transfers, Gul had to move from one place to another throughout her childhood and her teenage years. Due to this, Gul studied in 14 schools in India, as well as abroad! We can imagine how difficult it would have been to say goodbye to friends and never have permanent connections outside the family throughout childhood. Nonetheless, she was always an active kid and took immense interest in sports and extra-curricular activities.

Gul Panag holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Political Science. She was also extremely good at public speaking and debates that won her titles at the national level!

Modelling And Movies

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Gul Panag was crowned as Miss India 1999 where she also won the title of the Miss Beautiful Smile. Well, why wouldn’t she? Just look at her smile! She represented India in the 48th Miss Universe Pageant that was held the same year in Chaguaramas, Trinidad, and Tobago. Since then, she has crossed many noteworthy milestones in the modeling field. She’s often spotted at fashion shows and in television and print ads. In 2009, she was the face of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week on Twitter. Currently, she‘s the brand ambassador for Tata Sky alongside Aamir Khan.

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Gul Stepped into the glam world of Bollywood in 2003 as Peehu Verma in the movie Dhoop. The movie was directed by Ashwini Chaudhary; she shared screen space with prominent actors like Om Puri, Revathy, and Sanjay Suri in the movie. Gul isn’t the typical Bollywood actress who is blinded by fame. She’s says she’s choosy when it comes to her acting career, just like the roles she takes up in her real life. Her performance was appreciated in movies like Manorama Six Feet Under, Rann, and Dor. Gul has acted in television serials like Kashmeer, Khoobsurat, and Kis Mein Kitna Hei Dum.

Not Just A Pretty Face!

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Gul Panag’s life is the one that makes most of us burn. When she married her longtime boyfriend Capt. Rishi Attari, she rode along with him on a Royal Enfield Bullet defying the typical horse and a fancy car custom! It’s pretty clear that the lady has always chosen the unconventional routes. Gul is crazy about biking and she often goes on road trips giving us serious #travelgoals. Just look at those stylish sunglasses and the leather jacket! She’s also a fitness enthusiast and her Instagram posts at the gym prove why she’s in such great shape even today. She’s a mother to her baby boy Nihal who just blew his first set of candles a few months ago.

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Gul Panag also contested in the 2014 General elections as an Aam Aadmi Party candidate in Chandigarh. With her public speaking and debate skills, and her master’s degree in Political Science, it’s definitely a field where she can shine. But it looks like she’s the kind of person who wants to have it all and she’s surely taking off towards her goals just like the airplanes she flies. Gul became a licensed pilot in 2016 and is flying higher than ever before. “One year ago, today I checked a big item off my bucket list,” she expressed her happiness on her Instagram post.

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When most women shrink down their bucket list after having a baby, Gul Panag is adding a whole new series of buckets in her list! Even with a toddler to take care of, she has proved that she is unstoppable! Would you like to be a cool biker/pilot mommy like Gul? What are the goals that you would want to pursue no matter what? Share your thoughts and dreams with us in the comments section below.

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