Pooja Bhatt (born 24 February 1972) is an Indian film director, actress, voice over artist and film maker.[1] Born into the Bhatt family, she is the daughter of Indian filmmaker, Mahesh Bhatt. Bhatt played her first leading role in Mahesh Bhatt's television film Daddy in 1989. For the film, she won the Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year for Best Female Debut.

Pooja Bhatt
Pooja Bhatt grace the press meet of the film Cabaret at JW Marriott Juhu (2) (cropped).jpg
Bhatt in 2019
Born (1972-02-24) 24 February 1972 (age 50)
  • Actress
  • producer
  • director
Years active1989 - Present
(m. 2003; separated 2014)
RelativesSee Bhatt family
FamilyRahul Bhatt (brother)
Alia Bhatt (half-sister)

Early lifeEdit

Pooja Bhatt was born on 24 February 1972[2] to Mahesh Bhatt and Kiran Bhatt (born Loraine Bright). On her father's side, Bhatt is of predominantly Gujarati descent and on her mother's side, she is of English, Scottish, Armenian, and Burmese ancestry.[3][4][5][6] She is the step-daughter of Soni Razdan. She has a brother, Rahul Bhatt and half-sisters Shaheen and Alia Bhatt.[7] 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),[7] which was a remake of the Oscar-winning Hollywood classic It Happened One Night. Pooja Bhatt appeared in many bold shoots like Stardust.[8]

Her most well-known films in the 1990s included Sadak[7] opposite Sanjay Dutt (1991), Junoon, Jaanam, and Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee opposite Rahul Roy, Sir (1993) and Guneghar (1995) opposite Atul Agnihotri, Tadipaar (1993) and Naaraaz (1994) opposite Mithun Chakraborty, Hum Dono opposite Rishi Kapoor, Angrakshak opposite Sunny Deol (1995), Chaahat opposite Shah Rukh Khan (1996), Tamanna (1997), the super-hit and multi-starrer Border (1997) and Zakhm (1998), opposite Ajay Devgan.

Bhatt (right) with her father Mahesh Bhatt and actress Mallika Sherawat in 2004.

Her last film appearance was in the English language film 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).[7]

In 2020, Bhatt returned to acting with Sadak 2, a sequel to the hit 1991 film. Her father returned to directing with this film after 20 years.[9] It was released on 28 August 2020 on the streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar.[10]

In 2021, Bhatt will be seen in the Alankrita Shrivastava directed upcoming webseries Bombay Begums. It will also feature Amruta Subhash, Shahana Goswami, Plabita Borthakur and Aadhya Anand.[11]


Mahesh Bhatt became the talk of the town and was slammed by fans after the filmmaker shot for a magazine cover which showed him and his daughter Pooja kissing each other on the lips. However, the quote which further fueled the fire was: "If Pooja wasn't my daughter, I'd love to marry her."[12][13][14]


As an actressEdit

Year Film Role Note
1989 Daddy Pooja Debut film
1991 Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin Pooja Dharamchand
Sadak Pooja
1992 Prem Deewane Radha
Jaanam Anjali
Saatwan Aasman Pooja Malhotra
Junoon Dr. Nita V. Chauhan
1993 Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee Pooja
Sir Pooja
Chor Aur Chaand Reema D. Seth
Pehla Nasha Monica
Tadipaar Mohinidevi/Namkeen
1994 Kranti Kshetra Pooja
Naaraaz Sonia
1995 Gunehgar Pooja Thakur
Hum Dono Priyanka Surendra Gupta
Angrakshak Priyanka Choudhary/Priya
1996 Kalloori Vaasal (Tamil film) Pooja
Chaahat Pooja
1997 Tamanna Tamanna Ali Sayed
Border Kammo
1998 Yeh Aashiqui Meri Anju
Kabhi Na Kabhi Tina
Angaaray Pooja
Zakhm Mrs. Desai
2001 Everybody Says I'm Fine! Tanya
2009 Sanam Teri Kasam Seema Khanna
2020 Sadak 2 Pooja Varma
2022 Chup: Revenge Of The Artist

Web seriesEdit

Year Film Role Note
2021 Bombay Begums Rani Irani Web Series on Netflix

As a crew memberEdit

Year Film Producer Director Production Designer
1997 Tamanna Yes No No
1998 Dushman Yes No No
1998 Zakhm 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
2019 Cabaret Yes No No

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Year Award(s) Category Film(s) Result
1991 36th Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Daddy Won
1997 44th National Film Awards Best Film on Other Social Issues Tamanna
1999 46th National Film Awards Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration Zakhm
Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Best Actress (Hindi)
2004 Zee Cine Awards Best Debut Director Paap Nominated


  1. ^ "Pooja Bhatt photos: 50 rare HD photos of Pooja Bhatt". The Indian Express. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
  2. ^ AP/AFP/PTI/Agencies/Twitter/Movie stills (24 February 2013). "Birthday Exclusive: Pooja Bhatt". Deccan Chronicle. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2019. {{cite news}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ Bollywood Trade News Network (July 2007). "Tulip's one exciting girl to watch for!". GlamSham. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  4. ^ Jha, Subhash K (23 May 2013). "Pooja Bhatt auctions role for women's cause". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  5. ^ @PoojaB1972 (21 November 2013). "My mother is Scottish, Burmese, Armenian, English. My father is half Brahmin, half Muslim & Soni is Half Kashmiri & half German" (Tweet). Retrieved 27 July 2014 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Bhatt, Pooja (13 August 2013). "Did you know my maternal great-grandmother was Burmese? I now have the chance to celebrate my roots. Come join me!". Twitter. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d "Pooja Bhatt: Lesser known facts | The Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  8. ^ "OMG! Magazine covers". photogallery.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Mahesh Bhatt returns to direction with Sadak 2, daughters Alia and Pooja to star with Sanjay Dutt". The Indian Express. 20 September 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Alia Bhatt announces Sadak 2 premiere on August 28 on Disney+ Hotstar". Bollywood Hungama. 6 August 2020. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  11. ^ Keshri, Shweta (16 July 2020). "Netflix's Bombay Begums starring Pooja Bhatt deals with desire, ethics and vulnerabilities". India Today. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Mahesh Bhatt's KISS with daughter Puja Bhatt became a sensation in those days! FilmiBeat". MSN. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Why Mahesh Bhat wanted to marry his daughter? – Vice Daily". Dailyhunt. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Five famous controversies of Mahesh Bhatt". India TV. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

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