Poonam Pandey is alive and she's not suffering from cervical cancer. However, the reality star appeared in a video this morning and revealed her death hoax was part of an awareness campaign to draw attention to cervical cancer. Though shocked, her fans are relieved at the news. Here's looking back at the Poonam's favourite food moments.
Poonam Pandey is alive and well! The shocking news of her demise took the industry by shock as it was confirmed by her team yesterday. It was revealed on her official page that the actor and reality TV star had been fighting cervical cancer for some time and had succumbed. However, Poonam shared a video on her Instagram this morning and said that the hoax was staged to draw attention to cervical cancer, a form of cancer which affects more than one lakh women in the country per year.
The subject of cervical cancer was also raised at this year's budget as Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman shared that vaccination for girls aged 9 to 14 years will be encouraged, as a preventive measure against cervical cancer.
Fans took to social media to share their shock at the news of her being alive but also expressed relief. The model and actor came into the limelight through a modelling contest sometime in the early 2000s and gained popularity on social media. Despite following a pretty restricted diet, Poonam doesn't fail to indulge in some of her favourite foods now and then, especially paani puri.
A few months ago, Poonam was papped sampling some paani puri in Mumbai. She had admitted to being a vegetarian and had often shared her love for homecooked food and some nostalgic recipes.
Poonam enjoys homemade rajma chawal and also has a love for homemade achaar. A few months ago she shared a video of some achaar made by her mother. “And she made some achaar for me. My beautiful mother, I love you,” she wrote in her Instagram story.
The star loves spending time in the kitchen and also likes making homemade sweets. In 2022, Poonam made her favourite snack Shankarpali, in front of the camera; the Indian festive diamond-shaped snack is made of flour, butter, sugar and sometimes ghee. “I used to cook it during childhood and after many years I’ll make it again,” Poonam had said.
“I learnt making this when I was in the 6th grade, from my mom. When I was a part of the show Lock Upp people were surprised that I could cook. But I can cook, I can stitch, I can make nice achaar, I can do so many things,” she had remarked.
Poonam is also fond of comfort foods and often indulges in them. In 2022, the star was pictured in a raincoat, enjoying fresh roadside bhutta in the rains. She had also shared a cheeky post with fryums in her finger; the popular ‘90s snack is yellow, long and cylindrical and used to be loved by school students. “Kuch yaad aya?” Poonam had captioned her post.