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Pooja Bhatt ( ) (born on February 24, 1972), is a retired Indianmarker film actress, currently devoting time to film production and direction. She is the daughter of Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt.

Early life

Bhatt was born to Mahesh Bhatt and Kiran Bhatt (aka Loraine Bright). She 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 the step daughter of Soni Razdan, an actress. She has a brother, Rahul Bhatt and step sisters Shaheen and Alia. Her cousin Mohit Suri 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.


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 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 Hollywoodmarker 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), Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin (1991), Tamanna (1996), a super-hit and multi-starrer Border(1997) and Zakhm (1998). Her most notable film though in the 1990s was Chaahat (1996) where she starred along side Shahrukh Khan, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher.

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).

Personal life

On 24 August 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.

Awards and nominations

Awards won

  • 1991 - Filmfare Award for Lux Face of the Year

Awards nominated

  • 2005 - Popular Award for Best debuting Director for Paap (2003)


Year Film Role
1989 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 Chand Reema D. Seth
Pehla Nasha Monica
Tadipaar Mohinidevi/Namkeen
1994 Kranti Kshetra Pooja
1994 Kalluri Vasal (Tamil) Pooja
1995 Gunehgar Pooja Thakur
Hum Dono Priyanka Surendra Gupta/Priya
Angrakshak Priyanka Choudhary/Priya
1996 Chaahat Pooja
1997 Tamanna Tamanna Ali Sayed
Border Kanu
1998 Yeh Aashiqui Meri Anju
Kabhi Na Kabhi Tina
Angaaray Pooja
Zakhm Mrs. Desai
2000 Yeh Pyar Hi To Hai
2001 Everybody Says I'm Fine! Tanya


  • Tamanna (1997)
  • Dushman (1998)
  • Zakhm (1998)
  • Sur: The Melody of Life (2002)
  • Jism (2003)
  • Paap (2003)
  • Vaada (2005)
  • Rog (2005)
  • Holiday (2006)


Production designer

  • Jism (2003)
  • Paap (2003)
  • Rog (2005)



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