Pooja Batra

Pooja Batra

Pooja Batra (Hindi: पूज बत्रा, Urdu: پُوج بترا) ,born on October 27 1976 in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, is an Indian actress.

Early life

Pooja Batra is an acclaimed actress and model of Indian origin. She has played the lead role in over 20 movies, including "Taj Mahal", a historical epic that was shown at the Cannes film festival in 2004. As a model she has participated in over 250 events and ad campaigns.

Pooja was born into an army family. Her father, Ravi Batra, an army colonel was wounded in the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. Her mother, Neelam Batra was a former Miss. India participant in 1971.

In school, she enjoyed sports, debates and plays. She was more of an athlete growing up competing in the 200 and 400 meter dash. Pooja majored in Economics at the Fergusson College, Pune. She also attained her MBA in marketing from Symbiosis College, Pune.

She almost joined the Indian Air Force as a pilot, but modeling came calling at an early age.

Early career

At a young age, she started modeling as a part-time job. She was best known for her Liril soap commercial. She was the first Indian face to launch and be a spokesperson for the Head and Shoulders dandruff shampoo in India. She sought to fame when she was crowned Miss. India in 1993. She went on to become one of the top supermodels in India. She walked the ramp for over 250 fashion shows in India and overseas. She is an ambassador for Parag Sarees.

Pooja turned down many offers to complete her education before signing a contract with the Virasat Film Studio. She is the life member of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy Of Film & Television, Noida.In 1995 she did a cameo in a Tamil film called Aasai.

Later career

The first film she signed was Virasat in 1997. She worked in over 21 films including Haseena Maan Jayegi, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya and Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye.

She is very tall, standing at almost 5'11 inches being taller than most bollywood actors, for example:- Hrithik, Anil, Akshay khanna, Sunil and slightly shorter in flats than Akshaye Kumar and John Abraham.

Pooja Batra worked in Malayalam films, majority of them being with Megastars Mohanlal and Mamootty. She also did two Tamil films. She also did theatre and toured North America which got her considerable acclaim.

Personal life

Pooja Batra is married to an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia, and resides in Los Angeles, California. She owns homes in Mumbai and Los Angeles.


She has volunteered time and money to charitable causes including AIDS (Mukti Foundation), Homeless children, the Bombay Police Department and injured soldiers in the Kashmir war.

She did pro bono work in the film My Little Devil (Bas Yari Rakho) subtitled in Hindi, English and French to raise funds for the poor children in India. The film was co-produced by NFDC-La Fete (Canada) and directed by Gopi Desai. The film was screened at the 24th Annual Montreal World Film Festival, 2000; Chicago International Children's Film Festival, 2000; 10th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival of World Cinema, 2001 and the Indian Film Festival in Malaysia, 2005.

Awards & Nominations

1997: Best Supporting Actress win for "Virasat"

1997: Most Promising Newcomer nomination for "Virasat"

2006: Best Actress nomination for "Taj Mahal-An Eternal Love Story"


External links and references

* http://www.poojabatra.com

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