Indian actress and director Pooja Bhatt rings in her 49th birthday today. Born to film director Mahesh Bhatt and Lorraine Bright (Kiran Bhatt), Pooja’s filmography may not be a long one, but it is certainly impressive. A receipt of several accolades, Pooja also holds two National awards to her name.Foraying into acting at the age of 17, Pooja’s debut came in Mahesh’s TV film Daddy in 1989, but her biggest solo hit came with Dil Hain Ki Manta Nahi (1991), opposite Aamir Khan, which paved her path for success and recognition. Post this, she starred in several hits such as Sadak (1991), Angrakshak (1995) and Chaahat (1996) and the multi-starrer hit Border (1997) to name a few. After her last film appearance came in 2021, Pooja made her return to acting with a cameo in Sadak 2 (2020) which was a sequel to her previous film. The movie also marked the return of Mahesh as a director after 20 years.While Pooja maintains a low-key life on her social media, with only a few special moments making to her timeline, she also shares some throwback pictures on her gram. Check out some of her best then-and-now photos here:For a long time, Pooja remained in controversies. Her bold shoots for Stardust, her parents’ strained relationship and father’s affair, and acceptance of a new family were among a few reasons. The actress has also been vocal about her battle with alcoholism and also celebrated staying sober for a long period.After being alcohol-free for 45 months, the actress had penned a huge note on her Instagram to share the same. Parts of her post had read, “Three yrs & nine months sober today. One more quarter and I will be four. As someone who drank openly, I chose to recover openly. I truly felt it was important to share my journey to tell others, women especially, who might be struggling that they are not alone & if I could do it so could they. Was ridiculed by some but lauded for being courageous by most.”We wish Pooja a happy birthday! More power to you.