, Uttar Pradesh, India
Pooja Batra is an Indian actress hailing from Uttar Pradesh. She debuted with the Bollywood film, ‘Virasat’ in 1997. She has worked in over 21 films including `Haseena Maan Jayegi`, `Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya` and `Kahin Pyar Na Ho Jaye`. One of her films, `Taj Mahal`, a historical epic, was shown at the Cannes film festival in 2004. In 1995 she did a cameo in a Tamil film called `Aasai`. She has also worked in Malayalam films, mainly with megastars Mohanlala and Mammootty; as also in Tamil films. She recently appeared at the 2009 Academy Awards in Los Angeles, where she reunited with co-star of Virasat, Anil Kapoor.
An established model at a young age, Pooja shot to fame when she was crowned Miss India in 1993. She went on to become one of the top models, having participated in over 250 events and ad campaigns, and has walked the ramp for over 250 fashion shows in India and overseas. She was best known for her Liril soap commercial. She was the first Indian face to launch and be a spokesperson for Head and Shoulders in India. She is also the brand ambassador for Parag Sarees. She is the life member of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy Of Film & Television, Noida.
Pooja Batra was born to an army colonel and a former Miss India participant. A sporty and good athlete, she completed her education in Pune where she attained an MBA degree. She has twin brothers.