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Juhi Chawla
Born Juhi S Chawla
November 13, 1967 (1967-11-13) (age 42)
Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Occupation Film actress, Producer, Television presenter
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Jai Mehta (1997-present)

Juhi Chawla (Hindi: जूही चावला, born 13 November 1967) is an Indian 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 and Darr to Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, which earned her the Filmfare Best Actress Award, to Yes Boss and Ishq.[1][2] Chawla has been mostly recognised for her comic timing in films as well as her vivacious screen persona.[3][4]

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.[4] She gained critical recognition for her performances in films like Jhankaar Beats, 3 Deewarein, My Brother Nikhil and Bas Ek Pal.[5] Since 2000, Chawla branched out into film production and television presenting as well.


Early life and background

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

She graduated from Sydenham College, Mumbai.[6] She was the winner of Miss India title in 1984; later she won Best Costume Award for the Miss Universe contest in 1984.[7]



After winning the Miss India contest, Chawla ventured into films with the 1986 film, Sultanat. 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.[8] The film subsequently received classic status.[9] [10]

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.[11] In 1992, she was nominated for a Filmfare for Bol Radha Bol which performed well commercially.[12][13]

In 1993 she starred in the moderately successful projects Lootere and Aaina, and Mahesh Bhatt's hit Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke.[14] 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.[14] She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17][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, Duuplicate and Yes Boss.

Juhi Chawla as Chandrika in 3 Deewarein

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".[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 for her performance.[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. Both Bhootnath and Krazzy 4 were critical and commercial successes in India. In 2009, she appeared in a supporting role in Luck By Chance for which she dyed her hair blonde. The film got extremely positive reviews and has got a good opening at the box office.[24]

Juhi Chawla with Shahrukh Khan, Mammotty and Mohanlal on the sets of the Malyalam film Harikrishnans

Chawla has also appeared in several non-Hindi language films. She has appeared in three Punjabi films: Shaheed Uddham Singh (2000), Des Hoyaa Pardes (2004), and Waris Shah: Ishq Daa Waris (2006). Her first Malayalam film was Harikrishnans, which also starred actors Mohanlal and Mammootty. In the beginning of her career is also acted in Kannada films, which include the successful "Prema Loka" and unsuccessful films like Shanthi Kranthi and Kindara Jogi. She acted with popular Kannada actor Ravichandran in all these three films. Currently, she finished wrapping up Onir's next feature "I Am Megha". Manisha Koirala joined the cast, playing Juhi Chawla's childhood friend. The feature consists of a few movies with different storylines and "I Am Megha" being one of them.


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.[25]


Juhi later turned producer and became the co-owner of a production company called Dreamz Unlimited with Shahrukh Khan and director Aziz Mirza.[26] 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.[27]

Personal life

Juhi Chawla is married to industrialist Jai Mehta; the couple have two children;[28] a daughter born in 2001[29] and a son born in 2003.[29] 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

Year Film Role Other notes
1986 Sultanat Zarina
1988 Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak Rashmi Winner, Filmfare Lux New Face Award
Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Premaloka Shashikala Kannada Film
Paruva Ragam Shashikala Tamil Film
1989 Chandni Devika
Vicky Dada Shyamalee Telugu Film
Love Love Love Reema Goswami
Goonj Sangeeta Kalekar
1990 Kaafila Kalpana Awasti
Swarg Jyoti
Pratibandh Shanti Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Tum Mere Ho Paro
Shandaar Tulsi
C.I.D. Inspector Raksha Sharma
1991 Shanti Kranti Telugu Film
Shanthi Kranti Kannada Film
Nattukku Oru Nallavan Tamil Film
Benaam Badshah Jyoti
Karz Chukana Hai Radha
1992 Bol Radha Bol Radha Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Radha Ka Sangam
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman Renu
Mere Sajna Saath Nibhana
Bewaffa Se Waffa Ruksaar
Daulat Ki Jung Asha Agrawal
1993 Lootere
Izzat Ki Roti
Pehla Nasha
Tadipar Cameo
Aaina Roma
Darr Kiran Awasti
Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke Vyaijanti Iyer Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Na Guest appearance
1994 Eena Meena Deeka Meena
The Gentleman
Andaz Saraswati
Andaz Apna Apna Herself Guest appearance
Ghar Ki Izzat Geeta
Bhagyavan Geeta
Saajan Ka Ghar
1995 Ram Jaane Bela
Kartavya Kajal Sahay
Naajayaz Inspector Sandhya
Aatank Hi Aatank Neha
1996 Talaashi
Loafer Kiran Mathur
Bandish Kanta
Daraar Priya Bhatia Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1997 Yes Boss Seema Kapoor Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Ishq Madhu
Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi Shalu
Deewana Mastana Dr Neha Sharma
1998 Saat Rang Ke Sapne Jalima
Harikrishnans Mira Varma Malyalam Film
Duplicate Sonia Kapoor
Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate Urmila Abhyankar
1999 Safari Anjali Agarwal
Arjun Pandit Nisha Chopra
Shaheed Uddham Singh Noor Jehan
2000 Gang Sanam
Karoobar: The Business Of Love Seema Saxena
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani Ria Banerjee
2001 One 2 Ka 4 Geeta Chowdhary
Ek Rishtaa Priti Kapoor
Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa Jhoomri
2003 3 Deewarein Chandrika
Jhankaar Beats Shanti
2004 Des Hoya Pardes Jassi Punjabi Film
2005 My Brother Nikhil Anamika
Paheli Gajrobai
Khamosh : Khauf Ki Khaufnak Raat Dr Sakshi Saagar
Home Delivery: Aapko... Ghar Tak Parvati Kakkar
7½ Phere Asmi Ganatra
Dosti: Friends Forever Aditi
2006 Bas Ek Pal Ira Malhotra
Waris Shah-Ishq Da Waaris Bhaagbhari
2007 Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love Seema
Swami Radha
Om Shanti Om Herself Cameo
2008 Bhootnath Anjali Sharma
Krazzy 4 Dr Sonali
Kismat Konnection Haseena Bano Jaan
2009 Luck By Chance Minty
2009 Alladin
2010 I am Megha Megha
2010 Sukhmani

As producer

See also


  1. ^ Taliculam, Sharmila (19 January 2000). "'There have been many ups and downs'". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Not The End". The Tribune. 10 May 2001. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  3. ^ Verma, Sukanya (11 March 2004). "The real stars of Bollywood". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  4. ^ a b Doval, Nikita (21 March 2005). "Juhi II". The Times of India. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  5. ^ Verma, Sukanya (2008-03-19). "Readers pick: Bollywood's most under-rated". Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  6. ^ "". Juhi Chawla's early life. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  7. ^ "". Miss Universe and Juhi Chawla. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  8. ^ "Filmfare Awards Listing". 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Derné, Steve (1995). Culture in Action: Family Life, Emotion, and Male Dominance in Banaras, India‏. SUNY Press‏. pp. 97. ISBN 0791424251. 
  11. ^ "Box office India". 
  12. ^ "Filmfare Nominations 1992". 
  13. ^ "Box Office Report". 
  14. ^ a b "Box Office Report 1993". 
  15. ^ "". Chawla wins Best Actress at Filmfare. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  16. ^ "Box Office Report 1994". 
  17. ^ "Filmfare nominations 1997". 
  18. ^ "Box Office 1997". Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  19. ^ Srinivasan, V S (27 March 1998). "The rise, fall and rise of Juhi Chawla". Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  20. ^ "". Review of 3 Deewarein. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  21. ^ "". Review of 7% Phere. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  22. ^ "". Review of My Brother Nikhel. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  23. ^ "". Review of SEI. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  24. ^ "Juhi Chawla dons blonde look for 'Luck By Chance'". The Hindu. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  25. ^ "Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa Judges". 
  26. ^ "". Juhi turns producer!. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  27. ^ "". First hit for Dreamz Unlimited. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  28. ^ "". Juhi Chawla marries Jai Mehta. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  29. ^ a b "". Juhi Chawla on her children. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 

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Preceded by
Rekha Hande
Miss India
Succeeded by
Sonu Walia
Filmfare Award
Preceded by
Madhuri Dixit
for Beta
Best Actress
for Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke

Succeeded by
Madhuri Dixit
for Hum Aapke Hain Kaun

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