Pooja Batra: The Woman Who Merged Bollywood and Hollywood

Dec/28/2022 / by Team SEEMA
Pooja Batra
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Pooja Batra is a well-known Indian model, host, actress, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and radio personality. She has starred in blockbuster films such as Virasat alongside Anil Kapoor, and Bhai alongside Sanjay Dutt.

This article will examine the biography of Pooja Batra in depth.

Pooja Batra Childhood

Pooja is multi-talented, having worked as a model, actress, and even Miss India. She was born on October 27, 1976. The current age of Pooja Batra is 45. Her father, Ravi Batra, was an army officer, and her mother, Neelam Batra, competed in the 1971 Miss India contest.

While still in school, Pooja was a championship winner in multiple track and field competitions. She won the 200-meter and 400-meter dash, implying that she was (and perhaps still is) a formidable athlete. She finished her education at the Kendriya Vidyalaya in Haryana.

Education and Modeling

Pooja graduated from Pune’s Fergusson College, where she majored in economics. Also, she acquired an MBA in marketing from Symbiosis in Pune.

She joined the world of glamour and fashion at a very young age. Nonetheless, her parents expected her to complete her education before pursuing a career in modeling, so she worked as a freelance model to meet their expectations.

In 1993, when she was 18, she competed in Femina Miss India and was named Miss India International. Afterward, she became one of India’s top supermodels and appeared in approximately 250 local and international fashion shows. Designers adored her charisma on the catwalk, and she thus grew into one of India’s most sought-after catwalk models.

She has done considerable print/catwalk work for fashion and advertising businesses in India, including Parag Saree, Head & Shoulder, Liril, Nokia Phones, and Hallmark cards. Batra stopped modeling in 1996 to focus on her film career.

Producing and Acting

In the 1997 film Virasat, actress Pooja Batra starred alongside Anil Kapoor and Tabu for the first time. Virasat catapulted her to rapid stardom and acclaim and was subsequently shortlisted for a Filmfare award for the most promising newcomer. She received the 1997 Sansui Screen Award for a best supporting role for her performance in Virasat.

In 2006, she was nominated for best actress at the Sansui Screen Awards for her performance in Taj Mahal- an eternal love story. Her most recent film is Hum Tum Aur Shabana, in which she has a minor role.

Besides Bollywood Pooja has also acted in Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, and Malayalam films. She made her film debut in Telugu in 1998 with Greeku Veerudu, in Punjabi in 2016 with Killer Punjabi, and in Malayalam in 1997 with Chandralekha.

She has founded her own production company, Glow Bell Inc., which enables Bollywood and Hollywood to collaborate on productions, and is now developing a television program titled Styloholics. In 2009, Glow Bell Inc. flew in A-list actors Denise and Richards Sylvester Stallone to Bollywood for the film Kambakth Ishq. The company also flew the rapper Bohemia to China for Chandini Chowk’s film. In 2010, her company launched LA Casting and ModelWire to the Indian entertainment market.

She has residences in Los Angeles and Mumbai.


Pooja Batra has donated time and money to philanthropic causes, including homeless children, the AIDS foundation (Mukti Foundation), the Bombay Police Department, and injured Kashmiri troops.

She acted in the film My Little Devil (Bas Yari Rakho) with subtitles in Hindi, English, and French pro bono to collect money for India’s impoverished children. The film was co-produced by the well-known NFDC-La Fete (Canada) and directed by Gopi Desai directed the film. It was shown at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in 2000, the twenty-fourth annual Montreal World Film Festival in 2000, the tenth annual Philadelphia Film Festival of World Cinema in 2001, and the Indian Film Festival in Malaysia in 2005.

About Pooja Batra Personal Life

Poja got married in 2002 to an orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sonu S. Ahluwalia, in Los Angeles, California. Their married was short-lived since she filed for divorce in January 2011, citing irreconcilable differences. In June of 2019, Batra disclosed her romance with actor Nawab Shah. They were married on July 4, 2019, in Delhi following Arya Samaj customs.

The networth of Pooja Batra is estimated to be between 1-7million USD.

Facts and secrets that are shocking / intriguing about Pooja Batra

  • In 2018, Pooja met Maye Musk, the mother of the famed entrepreneur and business leader Elon Musk.
  • She is a social worker who gives money to several local foundations.
  • She is quite active on social media and has 840k Instagram followers.
  • In 1993, she was crowned Miss India.
  • She earned the prize for best actress for her performance in the film Virasat.
  • Pooja has an approximate height of 5 feet 9 inches. Due to her height, it’s been quite difficult to pair her up with Indian movie heroes.


When did Pooja Batra started her career?

Pooja officially launched her acting career in 1997, and co-starred alongside Anil Kapoor and Tabu in Visarat. On the other hand, she launched her modeling career in 1993.

Who is Pooja Batra married to?

She’s currently married to actor Nawab Shah

How many films has Pooja Batra worked in?

She’s acted in 31 movies as of 2021. Additionally, she worked in at least five Malayalam movies.


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