(born 13 November 1967 in Ludhiana, Punjab) is a popular Indian actress.
She is best known for her comic ability and her girl-next-door charm
which made her one of the leading ladies of Indian cinema in the late
'80s and throughout the 90s. She is also known for her famous laugh, and
is often called the "Julia Roberts" of India.
Chawla was the first child born to Mona Chawla and a Dr. S Chawla. She
has one brother named Sanjeev. She was the winner of Miss India title in
1984, later she won Best Costume Award for the Miss Universe contest in
From beauty contests, she moved into film - with her movie debut being
Sultanat in 1986. Her first big hit was Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in 1988,
in which she starred with Aamir Khan. This Romeo and Juliet story of
persecuted teenage lovers was an enormous success and launched Aamir's
and Juhi's careers.
success continued with her first film with Shahrukh Khan titled Raju Ban
Gaya Gentleman (1992) becoming a huge hit; they have been friends ever
since and own a film production firm (Dreamz Unlimited) as joint
The Yash Raj Camp proved lucky. She accepted a small cameo in Chandni
(1989), to later be cast in the critically accliamed Aaina (1993)
opposite Jackie Shroff, and then in one of her biggest hits Darr (1993)
with Sunny Deol and Shahrukh Khan.
The film Lootere gave her a glamourous makeover from the image of the
'girl next door'. Then her comic talent was discovered with her
association with David Dhawan as director for the hit Bol Radha Bol
opposite Rishi Kapoor. Her successes include David Dhawan's Deewana
Mastana with Anil Kapoor and Govinda, Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi opposite
Akshay Kumar, Duplicate with Shahrukh Khan and even a special comic
appearance in Andaz Apna Apna as herself.
Her pairing with Aamir Khan has been repeatedly successful with Qayamat
Se Qayamat Tak (1989), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) and later on Ishq
(1997) becoming hits.
She has teamed up successfully with Shahrukh Khan too, delivering his
first big hit Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman and then later on with Darr,
Duplicate and Yes Boss.
She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1993 for Hum Hain Rahi Pyar
Ke and a Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress for 3 Deewarein.
Today she is doing selected films, with interesting roles. Initially shy
of serious 'art film' roles, and later openly regretting the loss of
roles which went onto be award winning for other actresses, Juhi is now
making a comeback in her career with a makeover. She was appreciated
recently in Teen Deewarein and My Brother Nikhil and will now be seen
opposite Shahrukh Khan in Farah Khan's Happy New Year which is slated
for an early 2007 release and opposite Anil Kapoor in Nikhil Advani's
Salaam E Ishq: A Tribute To Love which is slated for a November 24, 2006
release. She is also going to be seen in Ravi Chopra's Bhoothnath with
Amitabh Bachchan and another film called Swami directed by Ganesh
film was Mukul Anand's Sultanat but she was reintroduced in Qayamat Se
Qayamat Tak by Mansoor Khan.
Though she is often noted as having the best comic timing among Indian
actors, she has also proven herself in dramatic roles such as Darr,
Aaina, Daraar, 3 Deewarein, My Brother Nikhil, Bas Ek Pal, and Paheli.
Her favorite actress is Sridevi and her favorite actor is Amitabh
Bachchan. Her favorite film is Sholay.
Shah Rukh Khan calls Juhi Chawla his "bestest friend". He also says that
Juhi Chawla is the greatest comic actress in the history of Indian
She formed a popular on-screen pair with both Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh
Khan. She also appeared in films with Anil Kapoor, Sunny Deol, Akshay
Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Ajay Devgan, Govinda, Rishi Kapoor and
Jackie Shroff. She appeared opposite Salman Khan in his guest role in
Deewana Mastana, though she has done guest appearances in two of his
films, Andaz Apna Apna and Dil Tera Aashiq. She has also acted with many
of her female contemporaries, including Kajol (Ishq), Rani Mukherji (Paheli),
Karishma Kapoor (Andaz & Ek Rishtaa), Kareena Kapoor (Dosti), Urmila
Matondkar (Bas Ek Pal), Tabu (Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya), Amrita
Singh (Aaina & Raju Bangaya Gentleman) and Sonali Bendre (Duplicate).
She also appeared in two films with Sridevi (Sultanat and Chandni)
though she did not share any scenes with her.
She was offered Urmila's role in Judaai but turned it down. She also
turned down many major films like Raja Hindustani, Akele Hum Akele Tum,
Dil To Pagal Hai, Dil Kya Kare, Prem Granth, and Mann.
Indra Kumar wanted to make a film called Rishta with Juhi and Madhuri
Dixit (opposite Anil Kapoor) at the height of their popularity in the
mid 90s but the film never materialized. Yash Chopra also wanted to cast
Juhi and Madhuri together in Dil To Pagal Hai but Juhi declined the role
which eventually went to Karishma Kapoor. Madhuri Dixit and Juhi were
considered rivals during throughout the '90s.
Juhi replaced Divya Bharti in the film Kartavya after her untimely
demise. Dimple Kapadia, who was to play her mother, walked out of the
film because she thought she was too young to play mother to Juhi. Aruna
Irani eventually stepped into the role.
Juhi and Aamir Khan reportedly had a major fight during the filming of
Ishq which prompted her to swear she would never work with him again.
They have not appeared together in any films since, though they made up
when Juhi's father passed away.
She is co-founder of Dreamz Unlimited, the production house she shares
with Shah Rukh Khan and director Aziz Mirza which has produced films
like Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Asoka, Chalte Chalte, Main Hoon Na,
Chawla is married to industrialist Jai Mehta and is the mother of
two children. She has one daughter and one son.
daughter's name is Janhvi and her son's name is Arjun.
mother was killed in Prague by a driver who ran over her with his car
during the shooting of Duplicate.
Salaam E Ishq: A Tribute To Love (2006) ... (filming)
Dosti: Friends Forever (2005) ... Aditi
Home Delivery (2005)
7½ Phere (2005) ... Asmi Ganatra
Paheli (2005) ... Gajrobai, Sunderlal's wife
Khamosh: Khauff Ki Raat (2005) ... Dr. Sakshi Saagar
My Brother Nikhil (2005) ... Anamika "Anu" Kapoor
Des Hoyaa Pardes (2004) ... Jassi
Indian Idol (2004) TV Series ... Guest Judge
Jhankaar Beats (2003) ... Shanti
3 Deewarein (2003) ... Chandrika
Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya (2001) ... Jhoomri
Ek Rishtaa: The Bond of Love (2001) ... Priti Kapoor
One 2 Ka 4 (2001) ... Geeta Choudhary
Karobaar: The Business of Love (2000) ... Seema Saxena
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani (2000) ... Ria Bannerjee
Gang (2000) ... Sanam
Shaheed Udham Singh (2000) ... Noor Jehan
Arjun Pandit (1999) ... Nisha Chopra
Safari (1999) ... Anjali Agrawal
Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate (1998) ... Urmila Abhyankar/Urmi
Duplicate (1998) ... Sonia Kapoor
Harikrishnans (1998) ... Mira
Ishq (1997) ... Madhu
Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi (1997) ... Shalu
Deewana Mastana (1997) ... Dr. Neha Sharma
Yes Boss (1997) ... Seema Kapoor (Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress
Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1997) ... Jalima
Daraar (1996) ... Priya Bhatia
Loafer (1996) ... Kiran Mathur
Bandish (1996) ... Kanta
Naajayaz (1995) ... Inspector Sandhya
Aatank Hi Aatank (1995) ... Neha
Kartavya (1995) ... Kajal Sahay
Ram Jaane (1995) ... Bela
Ghar Ki Izzat (1994) ... Geeta
Saajan Ka Ghar (1994)
Andaz (1994) ... Saraswati
Bhagyawan (1994) ... Geeta
Do Bhai (1994)
Eena Meena Deeka (1994) ... Meena
The Gentleman (1994)
Shatranj (1993) ... Radha
Tadipaar (1993) ... Special Appearance
Izzat Ki Roti (1993)
Pehla Nasha (1993)
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993) ... Vaijanti Iyer (Winner, Filmfare Best
Aaina (1993) ... Reema Gupta
Darr (1993) ... Kiran Awasti
Jaan Per Khel Kar (1993)
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993) ... Special Appearance
Bol Radha Bol (1992) ... Radha
Bewaffa Se Waffa (1992)
Daulat Ki Jung (1992) ... Asha Agarwal
Mere Sajna Sath Nibhana (1992)
Radha Ka Sangam (1992)
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992) ... Renu
Nattukku Oru Nallavan (1991)
Karz Chukana Hai (1991) ... Radha
Benaam Badsha (1991) ... Jyoti
Shanti Kranti (1991)
Pratibandh (1990) ... Shanti
C.I.D. (1990) ... Inspector Raksha Mehra
Tum Mere Ho (1990) ... Paro
Swarg (1990) ... Jyoti
Kaafila (1990) ... Kalpana Awasti
Shandaar (1990) ... Tulsi
Goonj (1989) ... Sangeeta Kalekar
Chandni (1989) ... Devika (Guest Appearance)
Love Love Love (1989)
Vicky Dada (1989) ... Shyamlee
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) ... Rashmi
Premaloka (1987) ...Shashikala
Sultanat (1986) ... Zarina