90s sensation Pooja Batra: The Virasat actress hasn't changed a bit and these pictures are proof

Updated: 27 October, 2020 11:47 IST | Nikita Wagh
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    Pooja Batra was born on October 27, 1976, to Ravi Batra, an army colonel and Neelam Batra, a Miss India participant in 1971. The actress lived in Ludhiana with her extended family during her childhood. (All photos/mid-day archives and Pooja Batra's official Instagram account)

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    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. 

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    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 Anil Kapoor or Suniel Shetty, the leggy lass has worked with many A-listers.

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    At a young age, Pooja Batra started modelling as a part-time job, but never thought to pursue it as a career. Later, the actress became the face of a popular soap brand commercial. She was the first Indian face to be launched 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Very few know that Sushmita Sen's character in Sirf Tum (1999) was offered to Pooja Batra. However, she turned down the film and the role was subsequently given to Sen.

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    It was not just Bollywood that the actress stuck to! Pooja Batra also appeared in south Indian films, including three Malayalam films and two Tamil ones. Pooja also did a cameo in the 1995 film Aasai.

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    Pooja Batra has done 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 co-star, Anil Kapoor.

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    Pooja had set up her own casting agency in the USA with ex-husband Sonu Ahluwalia. Pooja's company was helping a Los Angeles-based casting company set shop in India. She was spearheading the operations at that end as it was looking forward to getting Indian talent for Hollywood. Batra had helped the makers of Kambakkht Ishq sign Sylvester Stallone and Denise Richards.

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    In 2014, Pooja Batra turned RJ. She founded and launched a Bollywood radio station in the USA called Mera Sangeet. "I wanted to provide the Indian diaspora in US and Canada with something that takes them closer to home," she said.

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    In 2016, Pooja Batra appeared in a Hollywood sci-fi movie, One Under The Sun directed by Vincent Tran and Riyaana Hartley, and said the audience was opening up to Indian actors.

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    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."

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    On the personal front, Pooja Batra married US-based orthopaedic surgeon Sonu Ahluwalia on February 9, 2003, at a glittering wedding ceremony in New Delhi with people from the modelling fraternity in attendance. But in 2011, Pooja Batra filed for a divorce citing irreconcilable differences.

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    Pooja Batra was later in a relationship with Norwegian Christian Middelthon. However, they broke up.

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    Then the internet was abuzz with Pooja Batra's alleged relationship with Tiger Zinda Hai actor Nawab Shah. The actors frequently used to post a lot of lovey-dovey photos on social media, with loads of love-filled captions!

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    Pooja and Nawab got married in July 2019. The two tied the knot in a traditional ceremony and made it official by signing papers. Nawab said that the moment he met Batra, he wanted to get married to her.

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    As she turns 44 today, we wish Pooja Batra nothing but only happiness in her married life!

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About The Gallery

It's Pooja Batra's birthday today. The actress, who is best remembered for her role in Virasat and Haseena Maan Jayegi, has gone through many ups and downs in her personal life. Here's taking a look at her journey in pictures.

First Published: 13 July, 2019 13:15 IST