27 October 1974|
Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Title||Femina Miss India International 1993|
Dr. Sonu S. Ahluwalia
(m. 2002; div. 2011)
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
Femina Miss India|
(Miss India 3)
(Miss India International)
Miss International 1993
Early life and background
Batra was born to Ravi Batra, an army colonel and Neelam Batra, a Miss India participant in 1971. She lived in Ludhiana with her extended family while she was young. While in school, she was an athlete and competed in the 200 and 400-meter dash.
She graduated in Economics from Fergusson College, Pune and holds an MBA in marketing from Symbiosis, Pune. She has two brothers. She became the third runner-up at the Miss Asia Pacific in 1993, when she was 18 years old.
At a young age, she started modelling as a part-time job. 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 has participated in over 250 modeling events and ad campaigns. She shot to fame when she was crowned Miss India Asia-Pacific in 1993. She went on to become one of the top models in India. She walked the ramp for over 250 fashion shows in India and overseas. She is an ambassador for Parag Sarees.
Batra turned down many offers to complete her education before signing a contract with the Virasat Film Studio. The first film she signed was Virasat in 1997 followed by another hit movie Bhai. She went on to work in over 20 films including Haseena Maan Jayegi, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya and Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye. One of her films, Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story, a historical epic, was shown at the Cannes film festival in 2004. She is a life member of International Film And Television Club of Asian Academy of Film & Television, Noida.
Batra has acted in theater and toured North America, which earned her considerable acclaim.
She appeared at the 2009 Academy Awards in Los Angeles, where she reunited with her Virasat costar, Anil Kapoor.
Batra has volunteered time and money to charitable causes including AIDS (Mukti Foundation), homeless children, the Bombay Police Department and injured soldiers in the Kashmir war.
She did pro bono work in the film My Little Devil (Bas Yari Rakho), subtitled in Hindi, English and French, to raise funds for the poor children in India. The film was co-produced by NFDC-La Fete (Canada) and directed by Gopi Desai. It was screened at the 24th Annual Montreal World Film Festival, 2000; Chicago International Children's Film Festival, 2000; 10th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival of World Cinema, 2001; and the Indian Film Festival in Malaysia, 2005.
|Haseena Maan Jaayegi||Pooja Verma||Hindi|
|2000||Bas Yaari Rakho||Pratibha||Hindi|
|Kandukondain Kandukondain||Nandhini Varma||Tamil|
|Kahin Pyaar Na Ho Jaaye||Mona||Hindi|
|Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya||Sonia Chopra||Hindi|
|Kuch Khatti Kuch Meethi||Savitri||Hindi|
|Jodi No.1||Casino dancer||Hindi|
|Nayak: The Real Hero||Laila||Hindi|
|2003||Talaash: The Hunt Begins||Kamini||Hindi|
|2005||Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story||Noor Jahan||Hindi|
|2011||Hum Tum Shabana||Hindi|
|2016||Killer Punjabi |
|2017||One Under the Sun||Kathryn Voss|
|2017||Lethal Weapon||Candi||English||1 episode|
|2018||Timeless||Ananya Sirivastava||English||1 episode|
Awards and nominations
|1998||Virasat||Filmfare Award||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|1998||Virasat||Filmfare Award||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|1998||Virasat||Screen Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|1998||Virasat||Zee Cine Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|1998||Virasat||Zee Cine Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female||Nominated|
|2006||Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story||Screen Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2017||Mirror Game||Newark International Film Festival||Best Actress||Nominated|
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