Juhi Chawla is an Indian actress, voice actress, film producer, television presenter and former Miss India. After being crowned as the winner of the Miss India beauty contest in 1984, Chawla pursued an acting career. Chawla made her film debut in Sultanat and received wider public recognition with the tragic romance Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. Besides working in Hindi films she has also worked in a few Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi, Bengali and Kannada films.
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 comedies Yes Boss and Ishq. 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 Hindi cinema. Alongside with Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit, Chawla formed the leading trio of actresses of the late 80's and early 90s. She 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, Chawla started acting in art and independent films. She appeared in films in her native tongue Punjabi, and has been mostly working in parallel cinema. She gained critical recognition for her performances in films like Jhankaar Beats, 3 Deewarein, My Brother Nikhil, Bas Ek Pal, I Am and Gulaab Gang. Since 2000, Chawla branched out into film production and television presenting as well. Chawla judged the third season of the dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. She is also co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.