Actress Pooja Gandhi, who is famous as 'Mungaru Male Hudugi' (Mungaru Male girl) is celebrating her 30th birthday, today, October 7. The actress, who made her on screen debut with Bengali movie Tomake Salam, was also seen in Tamil movies like Kokki, Thiruvannamalai and Thalai Ezhuthu.
After the success of Mungaru Male, Pooja became a full time actress in Kannada film industry with many projects in her hand. She was paired opposite Golden Star Ganesh in the movie, which also introduced a new talented director, Yogaraj Bhat.
In Kannada, Pooja made her appearance in the movies like Milana, Krishna, Kodagana Koli Nungitha, Manmahta, Huchchi, Taj Mahal, Hani Hani, Anu, Accident and others.
Pooja was last seen in director Guruprasad's Director Special, in an item number 'Kannale esthothu koltiya'. The movie featured Rangayana Raghu, Vatsala Mohan, Dhananjaya, Gayathri Devi and Ram in the important roles.
Punjabi girl Pooja started her career with TV soaps, starting with Zameen Se Asman directed by Aruna Irani. Her appearance in Bengali and Tamil movies did not do well in Box Office. In 2012, she also made her Malayalam debut with Maad Dad, which was directed by Revathy S Varma.
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Pooja Gandhi was born in Ganjimutt, Vandela, on October 7 in a traditional Punjabi family. She has two younger sisters, Radhika Gandhi, who is also an actress and Suhani Gandhi, a Tennis Player by profession.
Pooja had got engaged to Anand Gowda, who was a leader in Janata Dala Secular (JDS) Party and a realtor by profession. However, the duo got separated due to differences.
In 2012, she appeared topless in the movie Dandupalya, which was directed by Srinivas Raju. The movie was based on the real life events of a notorious gang named Dandupalya, for which she was felicitated with Suvarna Best Actress Award and Best Negative Role Award in SIIMA 2013.
Pooja had joined JDS party, which was headed by politician-producer HD Kumarswamy, in 2012. Due to differences in JDS party, she moved to Karnataka Janatha Party and later to B Sri Ramulu Congress (BSR Congress).
Defeated In Election
She contested in recent Vidhan Sabha election from Raichur representing BSR party. She was defeated by a congress candidate with a huge mark.
After the defeat in the election, Pooja has decided to concentrate on her film career. She will be seen in different roles in her upcoming movies - Thippaji Circle, Abhinetri (Ranganayaki), January 1 Bidugade and others.