Sonam (born 1972) was a Bollywood actress who shot to fame in the 1989 film Tridev. She was known for the song Tirchi Topi Wale in the film which was very popular at the time. She is the niece of character actor Raza Murad.
She was named by her parents as "Bakhtawar" which is used in Punjabi names for a lucky boy. She renamed herself Sonam to have a milder sounding name to suit the Indian film industry. Interestingly the name Sonam is of Tibetan origin and means "The fortunate one" and unfortunately for Bakhtawar is again used for a male child in Tibet.
She made several other films until 1994 when she married Bollywood film director Rajiv Rai who had directed her in Tridev (1989) and Vishwatma (1992). She had to leave India with Rajiv Rai in the late 1990s after an attempt was made on his life by the Mumbai Underworld. She is now settled with her husband in the UK and has not made any new film since although Rajiv still continues to direct Bollywood films occasionally.