Divya Solgamawrote on Aug 20 2008 6:14PM
Pooja Bhatt was born on 28 Feb 1972 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India , she is one of those lucky actresses to have an industry-related-family to back her up and quite an understanding father, Mahesh Bhatt, the famous producer-director.
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. 'Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin' remake of the Raj Kapoor-Nargis musical romance 'Chori Chori' (1956), or, more accurately, of Frank Capra's 'It Happened One Night' (1934). For once, Pooja was perfectly cast as the spoilt and arrogant daughter of a multi-millionaire who runs off to marry an opportunist and falls in love with a penniless journalist (Aamir Khan) instead. Apart from the fact that 'DHKMN' worked its charm on the box-office, the movie also got widely written (and talked) about in gossip rags and otherwise for the alleged closeness between the lead pair. In fact, throughout her decade-long career, Pooja has sported an uncharacteristic forthrightness in laying bare her personal life. A family tradition, you'd think. So, the juiciest details of Ms. Bhatt's love life involving filmmakers, actors, wannabes and nobodies, invariably made their way to magazine pages. In the interim, her acting career continued to stay afloat thanks to her father's assembly line of productions. But none, except 'Sadak' (1991), where she essayed the part of a prostitute whom Sanjay Dutt rescues from her miserable life and the clutches of the villain, made any impact on the audience. This turned out to be the last (and only the second) major hit of Pooja's short-lived acting career. After five years marked by a seemingly unending line of flops (most of them home productions!), she finally switched lanes and turned producer with 'Tamanna' (1996). Pooja Bhatt Productions' first offering was another 'inspired' story, that of a eunuch (Paresh Rawal) who adopts an abandoned child (Pooja herself). Thebox-office failure of her first effort perhaps prompted Pooja to finally wipe the pancake of her face and concentrate on being a full-time producer. The ploy worked and 'Dushman', which starred Kajol in a double role and launched the careers of director Tanuja Chandra and bad man Ashutosh Rana became the 'off-beat' hit of 1998. Towards the end of the year, Pooja managed to release her third film, 'Zakhm' which was also her father's swansong. Obviously, Mahesh Bhatt's last offering had to be drawn from his own life! So it was. And had Pooja executing the seriously challenging task of playing her own grandmother on screen. A difficult job for any actress, Pooja stole the show with an astonishing performance. Her pain-washed face brought alive the tragedy of a woman who is forced to live in ignominy and can never call the man she loves, her own, despite bearing two children by him! 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 two more directorial ventures, Holiday (2006) and Dhokha (2007).