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Juhi Chawla (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.

Early life

Juhi 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 1984.

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.


Her 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 partners.

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 Acharya.


Her first 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 Cinema. [1]

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, and Paheli.

Personal life

  • Juhi Chawla is married to industrialist Jai Mehta and is the mother of two children. She has one daughter and one son.
  • Her daughter's name is Janhvi and her son's name is Arjun.

Her mother was killed in Prague by a driver who ran over her with his car during the shooting of Duplicate.


Happy New Year (2007)
Salaam E Ishq: A Tribute To Love (2006) ... (filming)
Dosti: Friends Forever (2005) ... Aditi
Home Delivery (2005)
7 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 Award)
Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1997) ... Jalima
Daraar (1996) ... Priya Bhatia
Loafer (1996) ... Kiran Mathur
Bandish (1996) ... Kanta
Talaashi (1996)
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)
Pramaatma (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 Actress Award)
Aaina (1993) ... Reema Gupta
Darr (1993) ... Kiran Awasti
Jaan Per Khel Kar (1993)
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1993) ... Special Appearance
Lootere (1993)
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)
Bhabhi (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
Zahreelay (1990)
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


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