Pooja Hegde is an Indian model and actress. A former beauty pageant contestant, she was crowned as the second runner-up at the Miss Universe India 2010 competition, before going on to make her acting debut in Mysskin’s Tamil superhero film Mugamoodi (2012). She then featured in the Telugu films Oka Laila Kosam and Mukunda (2014), while signing on to feature as the lead actress in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro (2016).Pooja was born and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra, while her family is from Mangalore, Karnataka. She is fluent in Tulu her mother tongue, English, Kannada and Hindi.During her time at college, she revealed she gained confidence by helping out with her mother’s network marketing business, improving her networking skills. Her father is Manjunath Hegde and her mother is Latha Hegde. She regularly sought to enter in intercollegiate competitions, participating in dance and fashion shows.