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Pooja Bhatt (born 24 February 1972)[1] is an indian film director, actress, voice over artist, model and film maker.[2] She is the eldest child of Indian film director, Mahesh Bhatt.

Pooja Bhatt
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Pooja Bhatt
Born (1972-02-24) 24 February 1972 (age 46)[1]
OccupationActress, producer, director
Spouse(s)Manish Makhija (2003–2014) (separated)
Parent(s)Mahesh Bhatt
Kiran Bhatt
RelativesSee Bhatt family
FamilyRahul Bhatt (brother)
Alia Bhatt (Half sister)
Shaheen Bhatt(half sister)


Early lifeEdit

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.[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 Shahrukh Khan (1996), Tamanna (1997), the super-hit and multi-starrer Border (1997) and Zakhm (1998), opposite Ajay Devgan. Bhatt has also acted in some popular hit regional Indian films.

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]

Pooja is set to return to acting after almost two decades in Sadak 2, a sequel to the hit 1991 film. The film will see her and Sanjay Dutt reprising their roles from the original and her sister Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapur joining the cast. Her father will be returning to directing with this film after 20 years and it is set for release in 2020.[9]

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Year Award(s) Film(s) Category Result
1991 Filmfare Award for Lux New Face of the Year Daddy New Face Of The Year Won
1997 National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues Tamanna Best Film On Other Social Issues
1999 Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration Zakhm Best Feature Film On National Integration


As an actressEdit

Year Film Role
1990 Daddy Pooja
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
Kalloori Vaasal Pooja
1995 Gunehgar Pooja Thakur
Hum Dono Priyanka Surendra Gupta
Angrakshak Priyanka Choudhary/Priya
1996 Chaahat Pooja
1997 Tamanna Tamanna Ali Sayed
Border Kammo
1998 Yeh Aashiqui Meri Anju
Kabhi Na Kabhi Tina
Angaaray Pooja
Zakhm Mrs. Desai
2000 Yeh Pyar Hi To Hai
Sanam Teri Kasam Seema Khanna
2001 Everybody Says I'm Fine! Tanya
2020 Sadak 2 TBA

As a crew memberEdit

Year Film 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


  1. ^ a b AP/AFP/PTI/Agencies/Twitter/Movie stills. "Birthday Exclusive: Pooja Bhatt". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  2. ^ "Pooja Bhatt photos: 50 best looking, hot and beautiful HQ and HD photos of Pooja Bhatt". The Indian Express.
  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. ^ Bhatt, Pooja (21 November 2013). "My mother is Scottish, Burmese, Armenian, English. My father is half Brahmin, half Muslim & Soni is Half Kashmiri & half German". Twitter. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  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 2018-06-19.
  8. ^ "Pooja Bhatt poses in a black bikini for Stardust with actor like Sanjay Suri and other models wearing underwear".
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