Puneet Vashist (Puneet Vasishtha) is an Indian actor who primarily works in Bollywood films and Indian television. He is best known for his supporting roles in the films Happy New Year, Josh, and Taal.
Puneet Vashist was born on Sunday, 4 April 1976 (age 46 years; as of 2022) in Mumbai. His zodiac sign is Aries. His hometown is Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. Puneet completed his schooling at St. Joseph’s High School, Juhu. He completed his graduation at Mithibai College, Mumbai.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 38″, Waist 32″, Biceps 14″
Puneet Vashist belongs to a Brahmin family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Murari Lal, who later changed his name to Brahmachari for his acting career. Puneet’s father was born in Pakistan, but after the partition of India, he moved to Tarana, Madhya Pradesh.
His mother’s name is Sunaina Vashist.
He has a brother, Harsh Vashist, and a sister, Renu Sharma.
Wife & Children
Puneet Vashist was in a relationship with Chloe Papazahariakis, a girl from Adelaide, South Australia.
Later, Puneet got married to her. Reportedly, the couple separated after a few years of marriage.
In 1997, Puneet Vashist made his Bollywood debut with Himalayaputra. Next, he appeared in Aflatoon, starring Akshay Kumar. In 1999, he appeared in the film Taal and played the role of Shaukat. In 2000, he appeared in the film, Kya Kehna and played the role of Preity Zinta‘s brother.
Next, he appeared in the film Josh in which he played the role of Ronnie.
In 2001, he appeared in the film Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai. In 2005, he played the role of Rahul in the film Zehar, starring Emraan Hashmi. In 2006, he appeared in Fight Club and Fanaa. In 2014, he appeared in the film Happy New Year and played the role of Pappu. In 2019, he was seen in the film Bagpat Ka Dulha.
Puneet made his television debut with the serial Kkusum in which he played the role of Anil Nagpal. Puneet is famous for playing negative roles in television shows. He has appeared in various TV shows such as Kabir Vikram Gill in Koi Apna Sa on Zee TV (2001), Anupam in Kaahin Kisii Roz (2001) on StarPlus, Veeru in Kumkum– Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan (2002) on StarPlus, Harsh in Banoo Main Teri Dulhann (2006) on Zee TV, and Kanhaiya in Hamari Betiyoon Ka Vivaah (2008) on Zee TV. He played a very crucial role as Karma in Jhansi Ki Rani (2011) on Zee TV. Puneet participated as a wild card contestant in Big Boss Season 9.
Puneet portrayed the character of Mahadev in Vikram Betaal Ki Rahasya Gatha.
In 2017, he appeared as Daku in the show Tenali Rama on Sony SAB.
In June 2917, Puneet made his singing debut with the song Jab Hum Mile and released it on World Music Day. The song has been written, composed, and sung by him. The song is directed by the filmmaker Priyanka Raina, and is shot on the outskirts of Juhu beach.
Big Boss elimination
Puneet Vashist got eliminated from the show and blamed Salman Khan for being biased against him. Puneet made allegations against Salman that the show’s winner is pre-decided by him in almost every season. In an interview, he revealed that he was boycotted by the Colors channel and was not getting work.
Everything is finalised according to Salman. I am not saying the show is scripted but you really need to be in the good books of Salman to last on this show. I dunno why Salman doesn’t like me but it was evident! Maybe he couldn’t see my talent selling on the show”. DNA India
Sushant Singh Rajput Controversy
On June 30, Puneet shared a post on Facebook in which he accused Sooraj Pancholi and Salman Khan of the murder of Sushant Singh Rajput. According to his post, Sooraj had an affair with Sushant’s manager Disha Salian, and she had become pregnant with Sooraj Pancholi’s child. Sooraj forced Disha to abort the child, but she was not in favour of it. One day, Disha was talking to Sushant on the phone about her situation, and Sooraj arrived at her apartment. On the same day, Sushant got the news of Disha’s suicide after she allegedly jumped off the building of her apartment. Sushant knew the truth and wanted to expose them. He discussed it with his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and his friend Sandeep Singh, but both of them told him to remain silent on the matter. Sandeep, being the informer of Sooraj, told him about Sushant’s intention. So, they planned the murder of Sushant, and Sandeep Singh executed his murder. Sooraj Pancholi and the parents of Disha Salian filed separate police complaints against Puneet Vashist for posting defamatory posts against them on social media. On 2 July, Puneet edited the post and added “forwarded” before it to hint that he did not post this. Puneet apologized for the post and said,
This post was not written by myself but was a forwarded post that I shared. I do not know about the source of this post nor do I have any proof about all the allegations. Who am I to accuse Sooraj of anything”. ABP Live
Addressing Bollywood actors as ‘Non-Nationalists’
Puneet Vashist, in an interview, called a few Bollywood actors ‘Non-Nationalists’. He slammed actors like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Mahesh Bhatt, and Ekta Kapoor for having a strong connection with Dawood Ibrahim. Puneet referred to them as terrorists as they are actively involved with the mafia gangster.
- Actor: Anupam Kher
- Actress: Priyanka Chopra
- Singer: Jubin Nautiyal
- Puneet claims to have trained Bollywood actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgan, Suniel Shetty, Tabu and many others in dance.
- Puneet was paid Rs 2,50,000 per week for Big Boss Season 9.
- Puneet is often spotted smoking and drinking alcohol with his friends.
- Puneet’s mother fondly calls him Hanuman.
- In an interview, Puneet revealed that he was a music composer, lyricist, choreographer, director, and writer, and being a music composer, he calls himself ‘Trishul Vasishtha’.
- Puneet is an immense devotee of Lord Shiva.