Pooja Kumar is an American actress known for her work in Tamil, Hindi & Telugu films. After winning the title of Miss India USA, she started her global career as an American actress, producer, and model. Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan chose her as one of the bright new stars where he looked at over 60,000 contestants fighting for that recognition. He introduced her to Priyadarshan and they gave her the opportunity to host the International Miss World Competition which was broadcast live in over 50 countries.
She has starred in Hollywood feature films such as, Man on a Ledge, Brawl in Cell Block 99, Bollywood Hero, , Flavors , Hiding Divya, Park Sharks, Bollywood Beats, Night of Henna, Anything for You, Drawing with Chalk, Knots Urbane. Her international projects include starring opposite actor Kamal Haasan in the films Vishwaroopam, Vishwaroopam 2, and Uttama Villain, The movies were shot simultaneously in both Hindi and Tamil. She will be starring in her first Telugu foreign language film called PSV Garuda Vega starring opposite Rajasekhar.
She was a VJ for the show called BPL Oye for India's leading music Channel V, an Indian movie show called Bajaj Ki Lehren with Jaaved Jaffrey, a game show based in Milan, Germany called Jaago aur Jeeto for Zee TV, all in a span of 2 years !
Pooja was born into a Mathur family in St. Louis, Missouri. Her parents are immigrants from India; her father is from Dehradun and her mother is from Lucknow. She attended Washington University where she graduated with degrees in political science and finance. Pooja is also trained in the Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, and Kathak forms of Indian classical dance. She was crowned Miss India USA in 1995.