Juhi Chawla

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Juhi Chawla
BornJuhi Chawla
(1967-11-13) 13 November 1967 (age 44)
Ambala, Haryana, India
OccupationFilm actress, Voice actress, producer, television presenter
Years active1986–present
SpouseJay Mehta (1997–present)
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Juhi Chawla
BornJuhi Chawla
(1967-11-13) 13 November 1967 (age 44)
Ambala, Haryana, India
OccupationFilm actress, Voice actress, producer, television presenter
Years active1986–present
SpouseJay Mehta (1997–present)

Juhi Chawla (born 13 November 1967)[1] is an Indian actress, voice actress, film producer and television presenter.

After being crowned as the winner of the Miss India beauty contest in 1984, Chawla pursued an acting career. She went on to become one of the top leading actresses of Bollywood and starred in films ranging from the romances Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) and Darr (1993) to Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), which earned her the Filmfare Best Actress Award, to Yes Boss (1997) and Ishq (1997).[2][3] Chawla has been mostly recognised for her comic timing in films, vivacious screen persona and is often cited by film media as one of the best actresses of Indian Cinema.[4][5]

During the 2000s, after having starred in over 70 mainstream Hindi films, Chawla started acting in art and independent films. She appeared in films in her native tongue of Punjabi, and has been mostly working in parallel cinema.[5] She gained critical recognition for her performances in films like Jhankaar Beats (2003), 3 Deewarein (2003), My Brother Nikhil (2005), Bas Ek Pal (2006) and I Am (2011).[6] Since 2000, Chawla branched out into film production and television presenting as well.


Early life and background

Juhi Chawla was born in Ambala, Haryana, India. She is the first child born to Dr. S. Chawla and Mona Chawla.

She completed her schooling from Ludhiana before the family moved over to Mumbai. She graduated from Sydenham College, Mumbai with a specialisation in HR.[7] She was the winner of Miss India title in 1984.[1] Later she won Best Costume Award for the Miss Universe contest in 1984.[8] She is also a very good dancer. In a Baaje Payal (a film based on a collection of interviews for dancers/actresses) interview, she mentioned having learnt Kathak for three (3) years and regretted giving it up as it could have helped her in her career as an actress. She is also an accomplished classical singer and has been training for the last 6 years.




Chawla ventured into films with the 1986 Sultanat. She also acted in Kannada classic Premaloka directed by Ravichandran in 1987. Her first major role in Bollywood was in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988, in which she starred with Aamir Khan. The film, a modern-day adaption of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, became both a major critical and commercial success. It won the Filmfare Best Movie Award, and Chawla won the Filmfare Lux New Face Award and received her first nomination for Filmfare Best Actress Award.[9] The film subsequently received classic status.[10][11]


In 1990, she starred in such films as Pratibandh, which was a box office success and for which she was nominated the Filmfare Best Actress Award, and Swarg.[12] In 1992, she was nominated for a Filmfare for Bol Radha Bol which performed well commercially.[13][14]

In 1993 she starred in the moderately successful project Aaina, and Lootere opposite Sunny Deol and Mahesh Bhatt's hit Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke.[15] She followed it with a leading role in Yash Chopra's thriller Darr, which went on to become the third top-grossing film of the year in India.[15] She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke.[16] Most of Chawla's films of 1994–6 were unsuccessful, though she received a Filmfare nomination for her performance as a battered wife in Daraar.[17] She had a revival in 1997 with such romantic comedies as Yes Boss, Deewana Mastana and Ishq. Ishq became one of the top-earners of the year, and Chawla received her sixth Filmfare nomination for her portrayal of a model in Yes Boss.[14][18]

Chawla's pairing with Aamir Khan and their on-screen chemistry was often cited by the media as successful.[19] She has also teamed up with Shahrukh Khan in several movies, including Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Darr, Duplicate and Yes Boss.


Through the 2000s, Chawla started appearing in independent and art films, and her work in the genre included the critically acclaimed films 3 Deewarein, 7½ Phere and My Brother Nikhil, which Taran Adarsh termed as "amongst the finest in her career" and Khalid Mohamed praised as "perfect," stating that "her effortless blend of conflicting emotions is what A-class acting is all about. Ms Chawla is a diamond in this little gem of a movie."[20][21][22] She won a Star Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress for 3 Deewarein.

She was seen in Nikhil Advani's Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love for which she received good reviews.[23] She starred with Urmila Matondkar in Bas Ek Pal (2006) and with Manoj Bajpai in Swami. Juhi's latest releases include Ravi Chopra's Bhoothnath with Amitabh Bachchan, in which she made her singing debut with the song "Chalo Jaane Do". Another film called Krazzy 4 with Irfan Khan and Arshad Warsi was released in 2008. In 2009, she appeared in a guest appearance in Luck By Chance to play a comic part for which she dyed her hair blonde. The film got extremely positive reviews and has got a good opening at the box office.[24]

Chawla has appeared in several non-Hindi language films. She has appeared in various Punjabi films: Shaheed Uddham Singh (2000), Des Hoyaa Pardes (2004), Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waaris (2006) and "Sukhmani – Hope for Life" (2010). Her first Malayalam film was Harikrishnans, which also starred actors Mohanlal and Mammootty. In the beginning of her career she acted in Kannada films, which include the successful Premaloka and unsuccessful films like Shanthi Kranthi and Kindara Jogi. She acted with popular Kannada actor Ravichandran in all these three films.


Her most recent release was Onir's critically acclaimed feature I Am (2011). Unfolded in several chapters, the film starred Chawla alongside Manisha Koirala in an episode named I Am Megha. She played the title role of which film critic Taran Adarsh commented, "It's a delight to watch Juhi and Manisha, after a hiatus. Both deliver striking performances – even getting the language right."[25] For her performance, Chawla was awarded the Best Actress award at the 13th London Asian Film Festival.[26]


During the 2000s, Chawla has also been presenter and host of numerous television shows, particularly award ceremonies, including the Filmfare Awards and the Zee Cine Awards. Chawla has been a judge for the entertainment show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa alongside Saroj Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant during the show's third season.[27]


Juhi later turned producer and became the co-owner of a production company called Dreamz Unlimited with Shahrukh Khan and director Aziz Mirza.[28] The first two films produced by the production company were Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani and Asoka. Their third film, Chalte Chalte was the first success for the company.[29]

Personal life

Juhi Chawla is married to industrialist Jai Mehta. The couple have two children;[30] a daughter Jhanvi born in 2001,[31] and a son Arjun born in 2003.[31] Her mother died in a car accident in Prague during the shooting of the movie Duplicate in 1998. Jai Mehta and Juhi Chawla are the co-owners of the Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders in partnership with Shahrukh Khan under their company Red Chillies Entertainment.

Awards and nominations


As actress

YearFilmRoleOther notes
1987PremalokaShashikalaKannada Film
1988Qayamat Se Qayamat TakRashmi SinghFilmfare Lux New Face Award
Nominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1988Paruva RagamShashikalaTamil Film
1989Kindari JogiGangaKannada Film
1989Vicky DadaShyamaleeTelugu Film
1989Love Love LoveReema Goswami
1989GoonjSangeeta Kalekar
1990KaafilaKalpana Awasti
1990PrathibandhShantiNominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1990Tum Mere HoParo / Nagin
1990C.I.D.Inspector Raksha Sharma
1991Shanti KrantiJyothiTelugu Film
1991Shanthi KrantiJyothiKannada Film
1991Nattukku Oru NallavanJyothiTamil Film
1991Benaam BadshaJyoti
1991Karz Chukana HaiRadha
1992Bol Radha BolRadhaNominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1992Radha Ka Sangam
1992Raju Ban Gaya GentlemanRenu
1992Mere Sajana Saath NibhanaJanki
1992Bewafa Se WafaRuksaar
1992Daulat Ki JungAsha Agrawal
1993Izzat Ki RotiJyoti Prasad
1993Pehla Nasha
1993AainaReema Mathur
1993DarrKiran Awasti
1993Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar KeVyaijanti IyerFilmfare Best Actress Award
1993Kabhi Haan Kabhi NaGuest appearance
1994Eena Meena DeekaMeena
1994The Gentleman
1994Andaz Apna ApnaHerselfGuest appearance
1994Ghar Ki IzzatGeeta
1994Saajan Ka GharLaxmi
1995Ram JaaneBela
1995KartavyaKajal Sahay
1995NaajayazInspector Sandhya
1995Aatank Hi AatankNeha
1996LoaferKiran Mathur
1996DaraarPriya BhatiaNominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1997Yes BossSeema KapoorNominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1997Mr. and Mrs. KhiladiShalu
1997Deewana MastanaDr Neha Sharma
1998Saat Rang Ke SapneJalima
1998HarikrishnansMira VarmaMalayalam Film
1998DuplicateSonia Kapoor
1998Jhooth Bole Kauwa KaateUrmila Abhyankar
1999SafariAnjali Agarwal
1999Arjun PanditNisha Chopra
1999Shaheed Uddham SinghNoor Jehan
2000Karobaar: The Business of LoveSeema Saxena
2000Phir Bhi Dil Hai HindustaniRia Banerjee
2001One 2 Ka 4Geeta Chowdhary
2001Ek RishtaaPriti Kapoor
2001Aamdani Atthani Kharcha RupaiyaaJhoomri
20033 DeewareinChandrika
2003Jhankaar BeatsShanti
2004Des Hoya PardesJassiPunjabi Film
2005My Brother NikhilAnamika
2005Khamosh: Khauf Ki Khaufnak RaatDr Sakshi Saagar
2005Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar TakParvati Kakkar
20057½ PhereAsmi Ganatra
2005Dosti: Friends ForeverAditi
2006Bas Ek PalIra Malhotra
2006Waris Shah-Ishq Da WaarisBhaagbhari
2007Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To LoveSeema
2007Om Shanti OmHerselfSpecial appearance in the song "Deewangi Deewangi"
2008BhootnathAnjali Sharma
2008Krazzy 4Dr. Sonali
2008Kismat KonnectionHaseena Bano Jaan
2009Luck By ChanceMinty Rolly
2009Kal Kissne DekhaSpecial appearance
2010Sukhmani - Hope for LifeKuldeep Singh's wife
2010Ramayana: The EpicSitaVoice
2011I AmMeghaNominated—Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2012Krishna Aur KansYashodaVoice
2012Main Krishna Hoon
2012Son Of SardarParmeet KaurReleasing on 13 November 2012
2012Chashme Buddoor

As producer

See also


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Rekha Hande
Miss India
Succeeded by
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