Pooja Bhatt

Pooja Bhatt (born 24 February 1972) is an Indian film director, actress, voice over artist, model and film maker.[1] The recipient of several accolades, including two National Film Award.

Pooja Bhatt
Bhatt in 2019
Born (1972-02-24) 24 February 1972
  • Actress
  • producer
  • director
Spouse(s)Manish Makhija (2003–2014) (separated)
RelativesSee Bhatt family
FamilyRahul Bhatt (brother)
Alia Bhatt (Half sister)
Shaheen Bhatt (half sister)

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.

Early life

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 has also acted in some popular hit regional Indian films.

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]


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 fuelled the fire was: "If Pooja wasn't my daughter, I'd love to marry her."[10][11][12]


As an actress

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 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
Sanam Teri Kasam Seema Khanna
2001 Everybody Says I'm Fine! Tanya
2020 Sadak 2 TBA

As a crew member

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 recognitions

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
2004 Zee Cine Awards Paap Best Debuting Director Nominated


  1. "Pooja Bhatt photos: 50 best looking, hot and beautiful HQ and HD photos of Pooja Bhatt". The Indian Express.
  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.
  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. "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. "Mahesh Bhatt's KISS with daughter Puja Bhatt became a sensation in those days! FilmiBeat". MSN. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  11. "Why Mahesh Bhat wanted to marry his daughter? - Vice Daily". Dailyhunt. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  12. "Five famous controversies of Mahesh Bhatt". India TV. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
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