Juhi Chawla was born in 1967 in Ludhiana, Punjab, where she completed her schooling, after which she moved to Mumbai, Maharashtra and attended Sydenham College. She won the Miss India competition and was crowned `Miss India 1984` just after she completed her graduation. She made her Bollywood debut by playing the character of Zarina in the 1986 release Sultanat. However, she only gained national recognition after appearing in the hit movie, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in the year 1988 where she starred opposite Aamir Khan. She married the multi-millionaire industrialist, Jai Mehta in 1998 and the couple has a daughter, Jhanvi, and a son, Arjun.Acting Career
Juhi Chawla has acted in more than 100 films. She has appeared on screen as her real self in movies like Pehla Nasha (1993) and Andaz Apna Apna (1994). She has made guest appearances in the TV Series Koffee with Karan and movies like Om Shanti Om and Bombay Talkies. Her remarkable acting skills can be seen in the popular TV Series C.I.D. Police Inspector in which she played the role of Inspector Raksha Mehra (1990). Chawla acted in movies like Tum Mere Ho (1990), Darr (1993) and Yes Boss (1997). She propelled her career forward with starring roles in Lootere (1993), Aaina (1993), Darr (1993), and Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Further success came in 1997 with Deewana Mastana, Yes Boss, and Ishq (1997).
The following decade, Chawla was willing to play against type and began working with independent filmmakers in art-house projects, garnering critical acclaim for her performances in Jhankaar Beats (2003), 3 Deewarein (2003), My Brother Nikhil (2005), I Am (2011) and Gulaab Gang (2014). Moreover, she starred in several Punjabi films, including the biopics Shaheed Udham Singh (2000), Des Hoyaa Pardes (2004), Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris (2006) and Sukhmani - Hope for Life (2010).
Chawla has been married to industrialist Jay Mehta since 1995, with whom she has two children. Along with her husband and Shah Rukh Khan, she is the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders. Along with Khan, she co-founded the production company Dreamz Unlimited, which produced three films, starting with their self-starring Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000). Among her television work, she was a talent judge on the third season of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
In 2011, Chawla starred in Onir`s critically acclaimed anthology film I Am (2010). Her performance also earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. Chawla next starred in the action comedy Son of Sardaar (2012) opposite Sanjay Dutt, which was poorly received by critics. After a period of limited work in films, Chawla made a comeback in 2014 with Gulaab Gang opposite her once arch-rival Madhuri Dixit. The same year she also appeared with Helen Mirren and Om Puri in a guest role in the Steven Spielberg-produced Hollywood film The Hundred Foot Journey. In 2016, she starred in the woman-centric drama Chalk n Duster with Shabana Azmi. In 2017, she played an Indian defence minister in the Alt Balaji web series The Test Case. She then made special appearances in movies like Pushpaka Vimana (2017), Ventilator (2018) and Zero (2018). He was then a part of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
(2019) and Sharmaji Namkeen
(2022) opposite Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal.