Pooja Gandhi

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Pooja Gandhi
2015 Kannada film Abhinetri poster.jpg
Born Pooja Gandhi
(1983-10-07) 7 October 1983 (age 32)[1]
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Residence Banglore, india.
Nationality Indian
Other names

Sanjana Gandhi

Golden Queen

Mungaru Male girl
Ethnicity Punjabi
Occupation Actress, model, producer, politician, social activist, Philanthropist, contestant
Years active 2003 - present
Height 5.1 ft (155 cm)
Television Bigg Boss Kannada - Reality Show
Religion Hinduism

Pavan gandhi

Jothi gandhi

Radhika Gandhi (sister)

Suhani gandhi (sister)

Pooja Gandhi is an Indian film actress and producer who works mainly in Kannada and Tamil cinema, and also appears in Malayalam, Bengali and Hindi. She has played lead roles in films such as Mungaru Male, Milana, Krishna, Taj Mahal, Budhivanta, Gokula and Dandupalya.

Her performances have received critical praise, She has established a career in Kannada cinema as leading actress, with a big fan base.[citation needed]

She has acted in more than 50 films in several languages. She also participated in the reality show Bigg Boss Kannada 3.

She speaks five languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali and Kannada.[citation needed]

Early years and personal life[edit]

Pooja Gandhi was born in Meerut[1] on 7 October 1983[2] in a traditional Punjabi family. Her father Pawan Gandhi is a businessman and her mother Jyothi Gandhi is a housewife. She studied at Sophia Convent and Dewan Public School in Meerut. She has two younger sisters – Radhika Gandhi, who is also working in Kannada films, and Suhani Gandhi, a tennis player.[1][3]

Pooja Gandhi got engaged in November 2012 but broke up the following month.[4]


Pooja started her career by acting in soaps, starting with Zameen Se Aassman Tak directed by Aruna Irani.[1] She made her debut at the age of 18 in the Bengali film Tomake Salam, released in 2003. She moved to the South Indian film industry with the Tamil film Kokki.[3]

Her debut in the Kannada film industry was with Mungaru Male,[5] The film was the first in India for any language to be screened for continuously one year in a multiplex. and it became all time blockbuster.[6] Overall it ran over 865 days in Karnataka. It was remade in Telugu as Vaana[7] and in Bengali as Premer Kahini[8] in 2008. She popularly came to be known as "Mungaru Male Girl" (Girl of "Mungaru Male"). [9]

She then acted in the movie Milana together with Puneeth Rajkumar; Milana Upon theatrical release on 14 September 2007, the film saw massive commercial success and completed a 365-day run in theatres. In Krishna, she worked together with "Comedy Time" Ganesh, her co-actor in Mungaru Male. She has since acted in several Kannada films including Milana, Krishna, Manmatha, Geleya, Hani Hani, Accident, Kaamannana Makkalu and Nee Tata Naa Birla.[1]

In 2008, she starred in the Kannada film Taj Mahal with Ajay Rao. The film opened on 25 July 2008 to generally positive reviews from critics and enjoyed a 150-day run. and emerged as a "blockbubuster" of the year. She was nominated for a Filmfare Best Actress Award. In the same year she worked with Upendra in Budhivantha, a remake of the 1974 Naan Avanillai. Budhivantha became one of the highest grossing Kannada film of 2008 after Taj Mahal.[citation needed] Her next film was the Tamil movie Thiruvannamalai also starring Arjun Sarja.[1]

Her first 2009 release was Anu, which was the remake of Telugu movie Anusuya starring Bhumika Chawla. Other Kannada movies that Pooja Gandhi acted in include Hucchi, Iniya, and Ninagaagi Kadiruve. Other movies from 2009 include the Tamil film Thalai Ezhudu, and Gokula in which she starred with Vijaya Raghavendra and Yash. The film opened on 27 November 2009 to favorable and positive reviews from the critics. it was a major successful at the box office. [10]

She made her debut in Hindi film with I Am 2010, together with Juhi Chawla. In 2012 who made a stunning come back with box office hit Dandupalya, after which she was one of the highest paid actress in Kannada cinema.[citation needed] She rceived Filmfare Award for Best Kannada Actress and Suvarna Fimfare Award for Best Actress for her performance. The film was dubbed in Telugu and released as Dandupalyam. It was well received in Andhra Pradesh.[11] A Tamil dub titled Karimedu was produced by Rama Narayanan's Sri Thenandal Films and released on 24 May 2013 to critical acclaim. it was hit in Tamilnadu. [12][13] The film was dubbed in Malayalam and was titled as Kuruthikalam.

pooja Gandhi has signed up to make her Tulu language film debut in Beere Devupoonje, playing the role of Raja Nartaki. The film, produced and directed by R. Dhanraj, will be based on a Tulu warrior named Devapoonja who lived 400 years ago.[14]

She made her debut in Malayalam with Maad Dad in 2013, starring Lal and Meghana Raj.

She made a special appearance as a Item song "Kannnalle Eshtottu Koltiya" in Kannada movie Director's Special 2013, directed by Guru Prasad.

In 2015, she acted in two movies, "Abhinetri", which was also her debut as a producer, and Thippajji Circle.

In 2016 she starred in Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna together with Komal Kumar and Priyamani.


Pooja Gandhi joined the Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS) party on 18 January 2012.[15] The party had initially appointed her as the working president of its youth wing but later began to sideline her, following criticism by opposition members.

Former Member from BJP of Parliament Ayanur Manjunath attacked Pooja Gandhi saying that she is the 'Dandupalya' queen.

Pooja had acted in the film Dandupalya which was based on the dreaded gangsters of Dandupalya. Speaking to reporters, Gandhi claimed to be hurt by the treatment. "No JD(S) leader came to my support when I was called names," she said. former Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy who is also the state president of the party said that if Pooja Gandhi was not comfortable joining JD(S), she can join other party. Six months after she joined politics through (JD(S), she quit the party.

She then joined briefly the KJP, but she finally contested the 2013 Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections from Raichur on a BSR Congress ticket. This first attempt at public office proved unsuccessful.[16]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2003 Tomake Salam Bengali
2006 Kokki Raji Tamil
Mungaru Male Nandini Kannada
2007 Milana Priya Kannada Special appearance in song "Ninnindale"
Krishna Pooja Kannada
Manmatha Kannada Special appearance
Geleya Herself Kannada Special appearance in song "Hudugi Malebillu"
2008 Hani Hani Ramya Kannada
Accident Pooja Kannada
Kaamannana Makkalu Kannada Special appearance
Nee Tata Naa Birla Pooja Kannada
Taj Mahal Shruthi Kannada Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Kannada Actress[17]
Kodagana Koli Nungitha Lakshmi Kannada
Budhivanta Pooja Kannada
Maharshi Manasa Veena Kannada
Janumada Gelathi Manjula Kannada
Thiruvannamalai Malathy Tamil
Haage Summane Nandini Kannada Special appearance
2009 Anu Anu Kannada
Thalai Ezhuthu Tamil
Iniya Janaki Kannada
Huchchi Preethi Kannada
Ninagaagi Kaadiruve Shweta Nandan Kannada
Gokula Leela Kannada
2010 Minugu Sanchitha Kannada
Sri Harikathe Pooja Krishnamurthy Kannada
Nee Raani Naa Maharani Rani,
Pooja Gandhi
Vega Kannada
2011 Thavarina Runa Kannada
Aptha Anjali Devi Kannada
Nee Illadhe Sharanya Kannada
I Am Aparna Hindi
Hare Rama Hare Krishna Kannada
Panchamrutha Prithi Kannada
Jogayya Advocate Kannada Cameo appearance
Pagal Pooja Kannada
2012 Dandupalya Lakshmi Kannada Winner – Suvarna Film Award for Best Actress
Winner – SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Negative Role
Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada
Jaihind Anjali Kannada [18]
Hosa Prema Purana Kannada
2013 Maad Dad Lisa Malayalam
Director's Special Herself Kannada Special appearance in song "Kannalle eshottu kolltiya"
2014 Kalyanamasthu Radha Kannada
2015 Abhinetri Sharat Lata / Nanda Kannada Also producer[19]
Thippaji Circle Kannada
2016 Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna Kannada
TBA Hoovi Anjali Kannada Filming
Muthulakshmi Kannada Announced
Jilebi Kannada Announced
As producer
Year Film Language Cast
2015 Abhinetri Kannada Pooja gandhi


Reality Show[edit]


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  2. ^ "Pooja Gandhi Bio". 
  3. ^ a b "mypoojagandhi.com". mypoojagandhi.com. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
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  5. ^ Super Admin (29 July 2009). "Pooja Gandhi debuting in Bollywood movie". Entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "'Mungaru Male' National record". Correspondent. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  7. ^ Mungaru Male in Telugu
  8. ^ "Premer Kahini - ScreenIndia.Com". www.screenindia.com. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  9. ^ Imran, Ranbir in 'Mungaru Male' Bolly remake
  10. ^ Gokula is a treat to watch
  11. ^ "Dandupalya dubbed version a hit". The Times of India. 31 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Pooja Gandhi’s Dandupalya is now Karimedu in Tamil". kollytalk.com. 9 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Movie review: 'Karimedu' – spine chilling, realistic". Indo-Asian News Service. 24 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Pooja Gandhi to make Tulu movie debut". The Hindu. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Actress Pooja Gandhi joins JDS". Mangalore Today. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Karnataka polls: Actress Pooja Gandhi badly flops in Raichur". 8 May 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
  17. ^ Srinidhi, Sharadha (26 July 2009). "Looking forward to meet Ramya: Radhika". Times of India. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "Pooja Gandhi turns patriotic in 'Jai Hind' | Film Reviews". Filmreviews.bizhat.com. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "The rise and fall of an actress". 1 February 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 

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