Juhi Chawla (born 13 November 1967)is an Indian actress, voice actress, film producer, television presenter and former Miss India(1984).After being crowned as the winner of the Miss India beauty contest in 1984, she pursued an acting career. Chawl 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). she 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 Hindi cinema in the 1990s. Alongside with Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit, she formed the leading trio of actresses of the late 80's and early 90s. Juhi has also been listed as one of the best actresses who ruled in Bollywood.During the 2000s, after having starred in over 70 mainstream Hindi films, she started acting in art and independent films. Chaw appeared in films in her native tongue Punjabi, and has been mostly working in parallel cinema. Juhi 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).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, to Dr. S. Chawla and Mona Chawla.
Juhi Chawl completed her schooling from Fort Convent School, Mumbai. Juhi Chawl graduated from Sydenham College, Mumbai with a specialisation in HR. She was the winner of Miss India title in 1984. Later she won Best Costume Award for the Miss Universe contest in 1984 .Juhi Chawl is also an accomplished dancer. In a Baaje Payal (a film based on a collection of interviews for dancers/actresses) interview, Juhi mentioned having learned Kathak for three (3) years and regretted giving it up as it could have helped her in her career as an actress. Chawl is also an accomplished classical singer and has been training for the last 6 years.
In 1990, Juhi Chawl starred in such films as Pratibandh, which was a box office success and for whichJuhi was nominated the Filmfare Best Actress Award, and Swarg In 1992, she was nominated for a Filmfare for Bol Radha Bol which performed well commercially.
In 1993,Chawla starred in the moderately successful project Aaina, and Lootere opposite Sunny Deol and Mahesh Bhatt's hit Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke.Juhi 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 Juhi . won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her performance in Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke. 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. Chawla 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 she received her sixth Filmfare nomination for her portrayal of a model in Yes Boss.
Chawla's pairing with Aamir Khan and their on-screen chemistry was often cited by the media as successful.Juhi has also teamed up with Shahrukh Khan in several movies, including Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Darr, Duplicate and Yes Boss.
Chawla was seen in Nikhil Advani's Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute To Love for whichJuhi received good reviews. Juhi 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 Juhi 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 Chawla dyed her hair blonde. The film got extremely positive reviews and has got a good opening at the box office.
she has appeared in several non-Hindi language films. Juhi 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. Juhi 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 she alongside Manisha Koirala in an episode named I Am Megha. Juhi played the title role of which film critic Taran Adarsh commented, "It's a delight to watch she and Manisha, after a hiatus. Both deliver striking performances – even getting the language right."For her performance, she was awarded the Best Actress award at the 13th London Asian Film Festival and Award for Excellence in Hindi Cinema at the Asiavision Movie Awards. Juhi is the only top actress in the 90's who have never worked with Salman Khan in a full fledged role opposite him. Although Salman Khan did a friendly appearance as her husband in the 1997 release Deewana Mastana.
Juhi is currently filming with Helen Mirren and Om Puri for the Steven Spielberg-produced Hollywood film The Hundred Foot Journey.
During the 2000s, she has also been presenter and host of numerous television shows, particularly award ceremonies, including the Filmfare Awards and the Zee Cine Awards. Juhi Chawla has been a judge for the entertainment show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa alongside Saroj Khan and Vaibhavi Merchant during the show's third season.
Juhi later turned producer and became the co-owner of a production company called Dreamz Unlimited with Shahrukh Khan and director Aziz Mirza. 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.