Pooja Hegde is an Indian actress who is popularly known for her role of Chaani in the Bollywood film, Mohenjo Daro (2016).
She belongs to a Hindu family and was born to Manjunath Hegde (Father) and Lata Hegde (Mother) on 13 October 1990 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Though she was born and brought up in Mumbai; her hometown is Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Her brother, Rishabh Hegde is a doctor.
She completed her Master of Commerce (M.Com.) from Smt. Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce & Economics in Mumbai.
Pooja Hegde started her career as a model and has done numerous modelling assignments. In 2009, she participated in Miss India beauty contest but soon eliminated. She was honoured with the Miss India Talented 2009. In 2010, she again participated in that beauty contest and was the second runner-up in the Miss Universe India. She also won the title of Miss India South Glamorous Hair 2010. She has also walked the ramp at various fashion shows.
She started her acting career in 2012 by playing the role of Shakthi in Tamil film, Mugamoodi. In 2014, she acted in two Telugu films, Oka Laila Kosam and Mukunda. In 2016, she made her Bollywood debut with the film, Mohenjo Daro, in which she played the role of Chaani, opposite Hrithik Roshan. She gained huge popularity with this film. After that, she has acted in several Telugu films like Duvvada Jagannadham (2017), Rangasthalam (2018), Saakshyam (2018), Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava (2018), and Maharshi (2019).
Tennis Player: Roger Federer
Cricketer: Rahul Dravid
Pooja Hegde is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer.
She is fluent in English, Hindi, Marathi, and Tulu.
She has appeared on various magazine covers like Healthcare, Femina Wedding Times, etc.
Pooja is an avid dog lover and has a dog named Pooch.