Pooja Batra who lit up the screen with her cheerful presence in the late 1990's films is once again set to start her new innings in the Bollywood. She stars as an investigation Police Psychologist in the thriller film, ' Mirror Game ' which is expected to hit the screens this year in June.
The actress who has always come across in forefront instantly with her self-deprecating humour says leading a normal life away from Bollywood industry has helped her evolve. She says she learnt a lot being away from the industry but admits if she had stayed on her career would have taken a different direction .
She was much loved for her role in her debut film, ' Viraasat' opposite Anil Kapoor. She was invited by choreographer Farah Khan for a party and had asked her if she can dance. The song that had turned out pretty well and she was recommended by Farah to Priyadarshan. Her debut was good but she ended up getting only arm-in-candy kind of roles in the films and says people couldnt perceive her in any other role .
While the Bollywood debut was appreciated, the actress did have to deal with playing the arm-candy in films which followed subsequently. "I got typecast in candyfloss roles. People couldn't perceive me as anything else. Looking good can act as an impediment. I reached out to the director of Parched. I wanted to be a part of that film. I also wanted to be a part of a Shyam Benegal film. But they couldn't see me as a village belle. I am athletic and tall and maybe nobody saw me in a light other than what I was. People need to have the vision and be able to see you in roles which are out of the box", admits Batra
Shifting focus to relationships, when asked if she has a special someone in her life, Pooja reveals, "I have a boyfriend. But, marriage, I don't have the guts to do it the second time around. I am not sure. It's too much of a commitment."