- is an Indian film actress, producer and director.
She is the daughter of Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt, and is related
to the famous Bhatt family of Bollywood, that owns a film production
company called, Vishesh Films.
Born on February 24, 1972, Pooja Bhatt is of Gujarati Brahmin and Muslim
descent on her father's side. She has Scottish, Armenian and Burmese
ancestry on her mother's side. She is daughter of Mahesh Bhatt and Kiran
Bhatt (aka Loraine Bright) and step daughter of Soni Razdan, an actress.
Her cousin Vikram Bhatt is a film screenwriter-director. Emraan Hashmi
is another famous cousin who is a Bollywood actor.
She acted in many films which were produced and directed by her father.
On August 24, 2003, she married her long-time boyfriend and a former
popular VJ of Indian music channel, Channel V, Munish Makhija aka Udham
Singh. He now owns a restaurant-bar in Goa.
She 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 hit and her big screen debut came with a musical hit, Dil
Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991) opposite Aamir Khan which was a remake of the
Oscar-winning Hollywood classic "It Happened One Night." Pooja received
the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for the film.
Her most well-known films in the 1990s included, Sadak (1991), Junoon
(1992), Chaahat (1996), Tamanna (1996) and Zakhm (1998).
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 two more directorial
ventures, Holiday (2006) and Dhokha (2007).
Awards and Nominations
1991 - Filmfare Award for Lux Face of the Year
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2005 - Popular Award for Best debuting Director for Paap (2003)