Pooja (born 25 June 1981 as Pooja Gautami Umashankar in Sri Lanka) is an actress in Kollywood. She has a Masters Degree in Business & Management. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow). She hails from the state of Karnataka, her mother is Sinhala and her father is Tamil. The languages she can speak are Tamil, Kannada and English. She went to school and college in Bangalore, Mount Carmel College.