Born on October 13, 1990, Pooja Hegde was born and raised in Mumbai. At age 19, Pooja competed in Miss India 2009 competition. However, she got eliminated in an early-round. (All photos/Pooja Hegde's official Instagram account)
Pooja Hegde, however, did not give up. She went on to re-apply in 2010. And guess what! Pooja emerged as the second runner-up in the Miss Universe India 2010 competition.
Pooja Hegde has also won Miss India South Glamorous Hair 2010.
Pooja Hegde made her acting debut in 2012 with Tamil film Mugamoodi and went on to feature in Telugu movies Oka Laila Kosam, Mukunda, Duvvada Jagannadham, Rangasthalam and Saakshyam.
In 2016, Pooja Hegde made her Bollywood debut with Mohenjo Daro, alongside Hrithik Roshan.
Hrithik Roshan went on records to say that Pooja Hegde is his best co-star by far and that he could not have asked for a nicer person or a more talented actor to work with in the film.
Pooja Hegde says without a 'godfather', it's not easy to come up in the film industry and success is slower but she isn't complaining.
"God is my godfather. It gets harder and tougher I would say to breakthrough (without godfather) but I think if you are talented, work hard and with a little bit luck, you can reach further," said Pooja Hegde.
Pooja Hegde, who originally hails from the coastal town of Mangaluru in Karnataka, hopes she gets offers to do Kannada and Malayalam films.
Though Pooja Hegde's Bollywood debut turned out to be a disaster, she is all geared up for her next 'Big Bollywood' film - Housefull 4. Pooja said it was "absolute laugh and fun" working on the sets of 'Housefull 4', produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Sajid Khan.
Pooja Hegde said it was a great experience shooting with Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh for Housefull 4. "They are so good at comedy. To learn from them was the best thing and I was like a baby on the set like a newcomer because I have not done this before, it was great. It was a good experience (working with Akshay Kumar)...so fit, inspiring to see...comic timing of it, that's something I am learning from him. He (Akshay) is always fun on sets," she said.
On key takeaways from her film career so far, Pooja Hegde said, "Success and failure are both short-lived, and success brings in more success, and at the end of the day it's all about talent."
Here's wishing all the very best to Pooja for Housefull 4 and a very happy birthday!
It's Pooja Hegde's birthday today. The actress who will be next seen in Housefull 4 has had a decent journey in the showbiz, so far. We take a look at some candid photos from Pooja Hegde's personal album.
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