Puneet Vashist (Puneet Vasishtha) is an Indian actor who primarily works in Bollywood films and Television. He is best known for his supporting roles in the movie 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 in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. Puneet completed his schooling at St. Joseph’s High School, Juhu. He completed his graduation at Mithibai College.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Weight (approx.): 68 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): 38-30-13
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 but now they are separated.
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 the actress’s brother.
Next, he appeared in the film Josh, where 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, where he played the role of Anil Nagpal. Puneet is famous for playing negative roles in television shows. He was seen in various TV shows and is known for his characters like Kabir Vikram Gill in Koi Apna Sa, Anupam in Kaahin Kisii Roz, Veeru in Kumkum, Harsh in Banoo Main Teri Dulhann, Kanhaiya in Hamari Betiyoon Ka Vivaah, Kahi To Milenge, Kutumb. He played a very crucial role as Karma in Jhansi Ki Rani. He was also seen in shows like Fear Files, Savdhaan India and Adaalat. Puneet participated as a wild card contestant in Big Boss Season 9.
Puneet portrayed the character of Mahadev in Vikram Betaal Ki Rahasya Gatha.
He also appeared in a cameo role for the show Tenali Rama. In an interview, when asked about his role, he said,
I am playing a dacoit, who will create trouble in Bhaskar’s life. The role is of the antagonist. As of now, it’s a cameo appearance, but one can’t predict about TV shows. It depends on the feedback and the ratings.”
Big Boss elimination
Puneet Vashist got eliminated from the show and blamed Salman Khan for being biased toward him. Puneet made false allegations about Salman that the show’s winner is pre-decided by him, every season. In an interview, he revealed that he is boycotted by the Colors channel and is not getting work in the industry.
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”.
Sushant Singh Rajput Controversy
On June 30, Puneet shared a post on Facebook where he accused Sooraj Pancholi and Salman Khan of the murder of Sushant. 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 drop 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. The same day Sushant got the news of Disha’s suicide as she jumped off the building. 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 putting up defamatory posts against them. On 2 July, Puneet edited the post and added “forwarded” before it, to hint that it had not originated from him. 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”.
Addressing Bollywood actors as ‘Non-Nationalists’
Puneet Vashist, in an interview, called a few Bollywood actors ‘Non-Nationalists’. He slammed actors like Salman Khan, Sharukh 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, Sunil Shetty, Tabu and many others in dance.
- Puneet was paid Rs 2,50,000 per week for Big Boss Season 9.
- Puneet released his song, Jab Hum Mile, on World Music Day, which has been written, composed and sung by him. The song is directed by filmmaker, Priyanka Raina and is shot on the outskirts of Juhu beach.
- Puneet is often spotted smoking and drinking alcohol with his friends and sometimes even alone at home.
- Puneet’s mother fondly calls her by the name, Hanuman.
- In an interview, Puneet revealed that he is 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.