A child artist in King Uncle (1993) and Kajol’s younger sister in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge (1995), Pooja Ruparel has now grown up. She was seen in Anil Kapoor’s TV show 24, and has now made her film debut as an adult with X: Past is Present.
The actor is enthusiastic about resuming her film career. She says, “I’m sure they will be happy to see what happened to that kid from King Uncle and DDLJ. It will be a fun week as X releases a day before my birthday on November 21. My role is perhaps the most complex I have played so far. I play an actor who is at her prime.
She loves K, played by Rajat Kapoor, and she doesn’t expect anything he can’t deliver. She isn’t the typical woman and I personally could agree with her philosophy.”
After DDLJ, Pooja resumed her education and completed her masters in psychology. She says, “I did a couple of advertisements. I did a play Parindo Ki Mehfil and have worked as a stand-up comic and a voiceover artist.”
But she remains best known for Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge (DDLJ). She laughs, “Most people are happy to do a few successful films in their career but how many can say that their film ran for 20 years! I have so much to be grateful for. I have my story to share with my children. I saw the trailer of Dilwale recently. Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan look the same to me.”