Pooja Shetty

Pooja Shetty-Deora supervises the Film Production Department at Walkwater Media. She was one of the driving forces behind the success of Adlabs Films Limited before it was bought over by Anil Dhirubai Ambani Group. She is the daughter of Manmohan Shetty, the man who established Adlabs Films Ltd and is credited with bringing the multiplex revolution to India.

Early Life and Career:

Pooja was born in Mumbai. Her parents are Manmohan and Shashikala Shetty. She went to Maneckji Cooper School in Mumbai and later graduated from Purdue University in America with a Bachelors of Science in Management degree.

She started of at Adlab Films Ltd in 2000. Her brilliant entrepreneurial and operational skills saw her pilot ambitious projects for the multiplex business there. She was one of the cornerstones of Adlabs success and spearheaded the company's expansion.

In 2008 she was named a Young Global leader by the World Economic Forum. After the establishment of Walkwater Media by Manmohan Shetty, she moved on to the Film & Production Department at Walkwater in 2008. Since then she's been instrumental in the development of Walkwater Media in various sectors of the entertainment industry.

Major accolades:

Pooja's biggest achievements include being a producer of movies like Rita and Tere Bin Laden.

- Rita (2009) a home production of Walkwater Media by Renuka Shahane which went on to win the Best Director Award at Star Screen, the Best Supporting Actress Award at the V Shantaram Awards and the Best Screenplay Award at the Pune Film Festival. Rita was officially screened at over 5 international film festivals.

- The overwhelming success of Tere Bin Laden (2010) meant it was the first Bollywood movie to be invited to be screened at the Friars Club Comedy Festival in New York.

- Pratigya, another Walkwater Production, won the best serial at the Apsara, Indian Television and Big Star Awards.

Awards Won:

Best exhibitor- 11th star screen awards

Film Foundation achiever of the year 2004

India's greatest brand builder

Indira Super Achiever Award 2004

Great women achiever Award 2007.

Future Projects:

Walkwater Media has also bought the rights for the book 'Zoya Factor' which was written by Anuja Chauhan. The rights of this book were originally sold to Shahrukh Khan's Red Chillies Production. However, they have not worked on the film adaptation over the course of the past 3 years. This resulted in a lapse of rights period. Post that, Walkwater Media bought the book's rights and are soon set to start work on it.

Walkwater Media has also lined up the sequel to Tere Bin Laden which is set to be directed by Abhishek Sharma.

There are various other projects in the pipeline.

Personal Life:

In 2008, she married Mumbai based politician Milind Deora.