Innocent, sweet and bubbly Juhi Chawla was the first child born to Punjabi father Dr. S. Chawla and Gujarati mother, Mona. She has one brother named Sanjeev. She graduated from Sydenham College, Mumbai, Maharastra. She was crowned Miss India in 1984 and she won the best costume award in the Miss Universe contest that year.
From beauty contests, she moved into film - with her movie debut being â€œSultanatâ€ in 1986. The film was not a huge success at the box office. Her next project was the Kannada film â€œPermalokaâ€ which was a superhit. Her next Bollywood appearance was the superhit film â€œQuayamat Se Quayamat Takâ€ where she starred next to Aamir Khan. The pair went on to be one of the most successful on screen couples industry has ever seen.
The next few films were not very successful for Juhi. Love Love Love, Goonj, Kaafila, Swarg all bombed at the box office, but Juhi Chawla hit the hotspot with Dharmesh Darshan’s â€œLootereâ€. A song on the beach in just a plain white shirt was enough for her to be labeled hot.
Her second innings in Bollywood started with a series of hits starting with â€œRaju Ban Gaya Gentlemanâ€ in 1992 followed by “Bol Radha Bol” (1992) and â€œLootereâ€ in 1993. Next came Yash Rajâ€™s â€œDarrâ€ which was a blockbuster hit and one of the greatest hits of the 90â€™s. With this performance she was suddenly placed right at the top and became one of the toughest contenders for the no. 1 title. Darr was followed by another hit â€œHum Hain Rahi Pyar Keâ€ for which she won the Filmfare Best Actress award.
Her pairing with Shahrukh has also been successful. Together they gave Bollywood hits like Ram Jaane, Yes Boss, Duplicate etc. Together they also started a film production firm Dreamz Unlimited. The first movie by the production house was â€œPhir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustaniâ€ released in 2000. Her best performances between the period 1997 and 2002 included â€œIshqâ€ and â€œArjun Panditâ€.
Recent years have not been that successful for Juhi and her career seems to be on a low. Lately she starred in â€œMy Brother Nikhilâ€ in 2005 which was not commercially successful but critically acclaimed, â€œBas Ek Palâ€ (2006), Salaam-e-Ishq (2007) etc. Her forthcoming releases include â€œSwamiâ€ and â€œBhoothnathâ€ both of which are set to be released in 2007.
Juhi is married to the famous industrialist Jai Mehta. She gave birth to her first child, a girl, on February 21, 2001. Her daughter’s name is Jhanvi. Chawla later gave birth to a son called Arjun.