Pooja Batra, the Indian film actress, once dazzled the silver screen with her talent and beauty, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of her audience. Born into a distinguished family, with her father, Colonel Ravi Batra, serving in the Indian Army, Pooja had a strong foundation. She made her mark early, winning the runner-up title in the Femina Miss India pageant in 1993 and subsequently being crowned Femina Miss India International 1993.
Her journey into films commenced with the 1995 Tamil film ‘Aasai,’ where she made a cameo appearance. Pooja Batra ventured into Bollywood with her debut in the 1997 film ‘Virasat,’ starring alongside Anil Kapoor and Tabu. Her performance received acclaim, setting the stage for what seemed to be a promising career.
Pooja went on to work with top stars of the 90s, including Govinda, Sanjay Dutt, Anil Kapoor, and Suniel Shetty. Films like ‘Haseena Maan Jayegi,’ ‘Talaash,’ and ‘Nayak’ showcased her versatility, and success seemed imminent. However, at the peak of her career, Pooja made a life-altering decision – to step away from the film industry after marriage.
In 2002, Pooja Batra married USA-based Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia, signaling a hiatus from her flourishing career. At that time, societal norms often dictated that actresses didn’t pursue films post-marriage. Pooja adhered to this, moved to the United States, and seemingly bid farewell to the industry.
After nine years of marriage, Pooja’s life took another turn when she and Dr. Sonu Ahluwalia filed for divorce in 2011. Reports suggested that Hollywood offers came her way, but her husband’s reservations about her rejoining showbiz led to her prolonged hiatus. Eventually, post-divorce, Pooja returned to India, marking her second innings in Bollywood.
However, the comeback was different from her earlier successes. Pooja found herself taking on smaller roles that didn’t propel her career forward. In 2019, she made headlines once again with her second marriage, this time to actor Nawab Shah, known for his roles in films like ‘Don 2,’ ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag,’ and ‘Escape From Taliban.’
Despite facing challenges in resurrecting her film career, Pooja Batra is content in her personal life. Her husband, Nawab Shah, continues to make a mark as an antagonist in both Hindi and Telugu films. Active on social media, Pooja shares glimpses of her life and the joy she finds in her relationship with Nawab Shah.
While her journey in films might have taken unexpected turns, Pooja Batra stands as a testament to the resilience required to navigate the complexities of personal and professional life in the public eye.