Pooja Bhatt is an Indian film actress, currently involved in film production and direction. She was born to Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt and her mother is Kiran Bhatt (aka Loraine Bright).
Pooja's well-known films include 'Sadak' (1991), 'Junoon', 'Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin' (1991), 'Sir' (1993), 'Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee' (1993), 'Naaraaz' (1994), 'Hum Dono' (1995), 'Tamanna' (1997), 'Border' (1997) and 'Zakhm' (1998). Her most notable film though in the 1990s was 'Chaahat' (1996) where she starred along side Shahrukh Khan, Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher. Pooja Bhatt has acted in popular hit regional Indian films.
Her last film appearance was in 'Everybody Says I'm Fine!' in 2001. She has since focused on producing and directing. She made her directorial debut with 'Paap' in 2004, starring John Abraham and Udita Goswami. Since then, she has made three more directorial ventures, 'Holiday' (2006), 'Dhokha' (2007) and 'Kajraare' (2010).
Pooja Bhatt made her acting debut at age 17, in 1989 with 'Daddy', a TV film directed by her father Mahesh Bhatt. In the film she portrayed a soul-searching teenage girl in an estranged relationship with her alcoholic father, played by actor Anupam Kher.
Her biggest hit and her big screen debut came with the musical hit, 'Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin' (1991) alongside Aamir Khan, which was a remake of the Oscar-winning Hollywood classic, "It Happened One Night." Pooja received the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award for the film. Another hit movie of Bhatt was 'Sadak'(1991).
Pooja Bhatt is the step daughter of Soni Razdan, an actress. She has a brother, Rahul Bhatt and step sisters, Shaheen and Alia. Her cousin Mohit Suri is a film screenwriter-director. Emraan Hashmi is her other famous cousin, who is a Bollywood actor.
On 24 August 2003, Pooja married Manish Makhija, also known as Udham Singh, a former VJ of an Indian music channel, Channel V and now the owner of a restaurant-bar in Goa. She had met Makhija a few months earlier, while he was working with her in the film, 'Paap', in which he also played a small role.
In 2012, Pooja produced and directed the film 'Jism 2' where she roped in Adult Porn Star Sunny Leone.