Manish Makhija is an Indian video jockey and restaurateur. He is known for appearing in the Hindi TV shows ‘The Udham Singh Show’ (1997) and ‘Cash Cab – Meter Chalu Hai’ (2008). He is the ex-husband of the Indian actor and producer Pooja Bhatt.
Manish Makhija also spelt as Munish Makhija was born on Monday, 7 October 1968 (age 54 years; as of 2022) in Delhi, India. His zodiac sign is Libra. He pursued BA in Political Science at Kirori Mal College, Delhi. He then attended Delhi University to pursue LLB. However, he dropped out of the course.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Bald
Eye Colour: Brown
Parents & Siblings
His parents worked in the Indian Postal Service. His brother is Anand Makhija.
Wife & Children
At a young age, he got married to a girl named Neha Gupta. The couple has a son together. However, the couple got divorced. On 16 August 2003, he got married to the Indian actor and film producer Pooja Bhatt. They had met together on the sets of the Hindi film ‘Paap’ (2003), and after dating for a month, they got married. After almost 11 years of their marriage, the couple got divorced. In an interview, Pooja talked about her divorce from Manish, she said,
I choose to live life on MY terms & refuse to perform to the gallery. Certificates don’t make or break marriages & relationships! Life does! To all those who care & especially those that don’t my husband, Munna& Me have decided to part ways after 11 glorious years of marriage. Our split as some might call it is amicable & we hold each other in the highest esteem for now and forever. The reason I explain Is that we are both parts of the public domain. Our friends, well wishers & foes are free to now speculate.”
His ex-father-in-law is the Indian film director Mahesh Bhatt.
He is the paternal uncle of the Canadian actor and model Masumeh Makhija.
Manish gained immense popularity as a video jockey in the Hindi TV show ‘The Udham Singh Show’ (1997; Channel V) and ‘Cash Cab – Meter Chalu Hai’ (2008; UTV Bindass).
He has also acted in a few Hindi films like ‘Paap’ (2003), ‘Rog’ (2005), ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’ (2012), and ‘Mastizaade’ (2016).
In 2005, he worked as an assistant director in the Hindi film ‘Rog.’ In 2012, he worked as a lyricist in the Hindi film ‘Jism 2.’ In 2019, he composed the music for the Hindi film ‘Cabaret.’
While he was working as a VJ, he started a lounge bar ‘The Other Side at Morgem Beach’ in Goa. Later, he started a few other companies named Ab-Markosys Private Limited, Moist Destinations Private Limited, and Greenapp Enterprises Private Limited. He then started Bark Beat, a sports training centre, where he works as a trainer as well.
In 1998, Manish appeared in the Hindi music video ‘Jat In The Mix.’ He was also featured in a few TV commercials like Britannia Checkers and Limca.
- 1998: Won Special Award by Screen Awards
- 2012: Nominated for Upcoming Lyricist of The Year for the song “Abhi Abhi” from Jism 2
- He is lovingly known as Munna.
- During his school and college days, he used to work as a choreographer in various dance competitions.
- He once shared that he had changed more than twenty jobs.
- Manish is often spotted smoking cigarettes at various events.
- In an interview, the Indian actor Ranvir Shorey, who was the ex-boyfriend of Manish’s ex-wife Pooja Bhatt shared that he was once best friends with Manish. Ranvir said,
Manish used to be my best friend right up until after the incident, and then turned around and married Pooja. All kinds of relationships are manipulated and psychological warfare used.”