Femina Miss India International, Pooja Batra, was a sensational face in the '90s. The actress took over the silver screen whenever she appeared with any B-town actors. Be it, Akshay Kumar or Suniel Shetty, the leggy lass has worked many A-listers. All pictures courtesy/ Pooja Batra's Instagram account
Pooja Batra is currently in a relationship with her Norwegian boyfriend - Christian Middelthon. The actress found love again in Christian Middelthon after her failed marriage to orthopaedic surgeon Dr Sonu Ahluwalia. The actress was married to Sonu Ahluwalia between 2002 and 2010, but in 2011, she filed for divorce.
Pooja Batra was born to Ravi Batra, an army colonel and Neelam Batra, a Miss India participant in 1971. The actress lived in Ludhiana with her extended family while she was young. An Economics graduate from Fergusson College, Pune, the actress also holds an MBA in marketing from Symbiosis, Pune. Pooja Batra became the third runner-up at Miss Asia Pacific in 1993, when she was 18 years old.
Today, as she turns a year older, we are here to share her trivial journey in the world of showbiz. From being at the apex of her career to receiving minimal roles, Pooja Batra has seen it all.
At a young age, Pooja Batra started modelling as a part-time job, but never thought to pursue as a career. Later, the actress became the face of popular soap brand commercial. She was the first Indian face to launch and be a spokesperson for an international shampoo brand in India. Till now, Pooja Batra has participated in over 250 modelling events and ad campaigns. The actress went on to become one of the top models in India in the '90s.
Though Pooja Batra turned down many offers to complete her education, the actress kick-started her career with Virasat in 1997, alongside Anil Kapoor and Tabu.
She went on to work in over 20 films including Haseena Maan Jayegi, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya and Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye. One of her films, Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story, a historical epic, was also a part of the Cannes film festival in 2004.
It was not just Bollywood which the actress stuck to! Pooja Batra has also appeared in South Indian films, including three Malayalam films and two Tamil films. Pooja also did a cameo in the 1995 film Aasai.
Pooja Batra has acted in theatre and toured North America, which earned her considerable acclaim. Once again, for her role in the film Virasat, the actress appeared at the 2009 Academy Awards in Los Angeles, where she reunited with her costar, Anil Kapoor.
In 2016, Pooja Batra appeared in a Hollywood sci-fi movie, One Under The Sun directed by Vincent Tran and Riyaana Hartley, said the audience is also opening up to Indian actors.
In an interview, Pooja Batra said: "Indian actors did not get work before but in the last four or five years, things have changed. Even the audition feature requirements for Indian actors. A lot of Indian actors are booking shows in Hollywood like 'Quantico' and 'Homeland', and the audience is accepting that."
The Virasat actress, who is settled in Los Angeles for over 10 years now, was excited about her Hollywood debut in which she essayed the role of an astronaut. In the movie, she is the lone survivor of a failed space expedition and when she returns back on earth to reunite with her terminally ill daughter, she is treated as a fugitive.
In order to prepare for the role, Pooja Batra took cues from Indian astronauts Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams in terms of looks and body language. Talking about her role in 2016 with PTI, Pooja Batra said: "It is a very proud moment for me to play a lead in my first Hollywood film. The role was originally written for an African-American actress but when the makers saw my audition, they changed the script and took me on board."
The actress further added: "It is a great role. In order to prepare for it I needed a character sketch. So, for my physical appearance I took hints from Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams. I copied their hair, got it cut short and coloured it black."
Pooja Batra, who recently made a guest appearance in Mirror Game (2017), however, said she is still in touch with all her Indian producers and hopes to star in a Hindi film soon.
Talking about her Bollywood projects, Pooja Batra said: "I am in a lookout for interesting projects but nothing has materialised yet. I am playing a Canadian-Indian politician in a Hindi film but it is not a mainstream movie like my previous Bollywood films."
On the work front, Pooja Batra was last seen in Hollywood series Timeless, where she played the role of Ananya Shrivastava. Nowadays, the actress has started leading a healthy life by following yoga and meditation, and her social media account is proof enough.
Pooja Batra poses with Varun Dhawan and Dipti Bhatnagar in a party.
Pooja Batra and Dipti Bhatnagar share a good friendship with each other.
We wish this actress of '90s, Pooja Batra a very happy birthday!
Pooja Batra, The Haseena Maan Jayegi actress is now a yoga expert and follows a healthy lifestyle. From being at the peak of her successful career in Bollywood, Pooja Batra turned to Hollywood. But do you know what this actress is up to now?
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