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Paoli Dam (born 4 October 1980) is an Indian film actress who began her career in 2004 with the Bengali television serial Jibon Niye Khela. Over the next several years, she worked in Bengali television serials such as Tithir Atithi and Sonar Harin; the former ran for six years on ETV Bangla.
Dam spent her childhood in Kolkata, earning a postgraduate degree in chemistry from Rajabazar Science College. Initially, she wanted to become a chemical researcher or a pilot.
Her debut Bengali film—Teen Yaari Katha, directed by Sudeshna Roy and Abhijit Guha—was begun in 2004, but not released until 2012. Dam’s first film release was Agnipariksha, directed by Rabi Kinagi. Between 2006 and 2009 she appeared in five Bengali films, coming into prominence with the 2009 Kaalbela (directed by Gautam Ghose). In 2011 Dam appeared in Chatrak, which was screened at the Cannes film festival, and also at film festivals in Toronto, U.K., and other places.
In 2012, Dam made her Bollywood debut in Hate Story. She also appeared in Vikram Bhatt’s Ankur Arora Murder Case, directed by Sohail Tatari.