Pooja Hegde is a model-turned actress who is active mainly in Bollywood and Tollywood. She formerly contested in beauty pageants and was crowned second runner-up of Miss-Universe India 2010 competition.
She was born on 13th October 1990 and was brought up in Mumbai. She went to Mithibai College and was always active in participating in dance competitions and fashion shows.
Her first experience with beauty pageant was Miss India 2009 beauty pageant where she was eliminated and could not reach even finals. Later in 2010, she won Miss India South Glamorous and reapplied for the national beauty pageant competition.
She made her film debut in the Tamil film Mugamoodi, which was directed by Mysskin, starring Jiva in 2012. She followed it up with a Filmfare award-winning performance in Oka Laila Kosam movie starring Naga Chaitanya in the year 2014.