Pooja Bhatt

Pooja Bhatt
Pooja Bhatt, image credit: The Indian Express

Born - February 24, 1972 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Occupation - Actress, Model, Producer, Director

Years active - 1990-present

Nationality - Indian

Height - 5' 2½" (1.59 m)

Spouse(s) - Manish Makhija (2003–2014)
                   (separated)


Pooja Bhatt (born 24 February 1972) is an indian film director, actress, voice over artist, model and film maker. Bhatt was born on 24 February 1972 to Mahesh Bhatt and Kiran Bhatt (born Loraine Bright). On her father's side, Bhatt is of predominately Gujarati descent and on her mother's side, she is of English, Scottish, Armenian, and Burmese ancestry. She is the step-daughter of Soni Razdan. She has a brother, Rahul Bhatt and half-sisters Shaheen and Alia Bhatt. Her cousins are Hitarth Bhat and Emraan Hashmi.

Bhatt made her acting debut at age 17, in 1989 with "Daddy", a TV film directed by her father Mahesh Bhatt. In the film she portrayed a soul-searching teenage girl in an estranged relationship with her alcoholic father, played by actor Anupam Kher.

Her biggest solo hit and her big screen debut came with the musical hit "Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin" (1991), which was a remake of the Oscar-winning Hollywood classic "It Happened One Night". Pooja Bhatt appeared in many bold shoots like Stardust.

Her most well-known films in the 1990s included "Sadak" opposite Sanjay Dutt (1991), "Junoon" opposite Rahul Roy, "Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin", opposite Aamir Khan (1991), "Sir" (1993), "Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee" (1993), "Tadipaar" (1993), "Gunehgar" (1994), "Naaraaz" (1994) opposite Mithun Chakraborty, "Hum Dono" opposite Rishi Kapoor, "Angrakshak" opposite Sunny Deol (1995), "Chaahat" opposite Shahrukh Khan (1996), "Tamanna" (1997), the super-hit and multi-starrer "Border" (1997) and "Zakhm" (1998), opposite Ajay Devgn. Bhatt has also acted in some popular hit regional Indian films.

Her last film appearance was in "Everybody Says I'm Fine!" in 2001. She has since focused on producing and directing. She made her directorial debut with "Paap" in 2004, starring John Abraham and Udita Goswami. Since then, she has made four more directorial ventures: "Holiday" (2006), "Dhokha" (2007), "Kajraare" (2010) and "Jism 2" (2012).

Filmography

As an actress

Year Movie Role
 1990   Daddy  Pooja
1991  Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin  Pooja Dharamchand
1991  Sadak  Pooja
1992  Prem Deewane  Radha
1992  Jaanam  Anjali
1992  Saatwan Aasman  Pooja Malhotra
1992  Junoon  Dr. Nita V. Chauhan
1993  Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee  Pooja
1993  Sir  Pooja
1993  Chor Aur Chaand  Reema D. Seth
1993  Pehla Nasha  Monica
1993  Tadipaar  Mohinidevi/Namkeen
1994  Kranti Kshetra  Pooja
1994  Kalloori Vaasal  Pooja
1994  Naaraaz -
1994  Boyfriend -
1995  Gunehgar  Pooja Thakur
1995  Hum Dono  Priyanka Surendra
 Gupta
1995  Angrakshak  Priyanka Choudhary/
 Priya
1996  Chaahat  Pooja
1996  Khilona -
1997  Tamanna  Tamanna Ali Sayed
1997  Border  Kammo
1998  Yeh Aashiqui Meri  Anju
1998  Kabhi Na Kabhi  Tina
1998  Angaaray  Pooja
1998  Zakhm  Mrs. Desai
2000  Yeh Pyar Hi To Hai -
2000  Sanam Teri Kasam  Seema Khanna
2001  Everybody Says I'm Fine!  Tanya

As a crew member

Year Movie Producer Director Production Designer
 1998   Dushman Yes No No
2002  Sur: The Melody of Life Yes No No
2003  Jism Yes No Yes
2003  Paap Yes Yes Yes
2005  Rog Yes No No
2006  Holiday Yes Yes No
2007  Dhokha No Yes No
2010  Kajraare No Yes No
2012  Jism 2 Yes Yes No
2017  Cabaret Yes No No

Awards and recognitions

Year Movie Award Category  Result 
 1991   Daddy  Filmfare Award  New Face Of The Year Won
1997  Tamanna  National Film Award  Best Film On Other Social Issues Won
1999  Zakhm  Nargis Dutt Award  Best Feature Film On National Integration Won


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