Pooja Gandhi (born Sanjana Gandhi in 1983) is an Indian film actress and producer. She has acted mainly in Kannada language films and also appears in Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali and Hindi films. Gandhi, after starring in the commercially successful 2006 film Mungaru Male, become one of the most popular and highest paid actresses in South Indian cinema and also the recipient of several awards. Gandhi popularly came to be known as Male Hudugi (Rain Girl) in the media and Kannada film industry.Gandhi made her film debut in 2003 with a Bengali film Tomake Salam and Tamil film Kokki in 2006. Since then, she has played lead roles in commercially successful films such as Mungaru Male (2006), Milana (2007), Krishna (2007), Taj Mahal (2008), Budhivanta (2008), Anu (2009), Gokula (2009), Dandupalya (2012) and Dandupalya 2 (2017). Gandhi has acted in more than 50 films in a decade.She joined the Janata Dal (Secular) party in 2012 by taking the membership of the party. She soon hopped onto KJP party and later to the BSR Congress party and contested the Karnataka assembly elections from Raichur constituency. However, she was defeated in the elections and did not win any seat from the constituency.For her contribution to the Kannada film industry, Gandhi received an honorary doctorate from South Korea based KEISIE University in 2016.