A certain class & benevolence has always made her stand distinct and out of the crowd. She was born in the Chawla family on November 13, 1967 in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, and is the daughter of Punjabi-speaking dad, Dr. S. Chawla and Gujarati-speaking mom, Mona. She has a brother, Sanjeev. Her upbringing was in a family where education, etiquettes and propriety were given much importance. Juhi had, by default, imbibed the sophistication to nurture herself as a true lady. A mother heading the hospitality of the Taj Group, her primary education was in Mumbai's Fort Convent, college education in HR and Sydenham. Ludhiana, the Chawla family moved to Bombay, Maharashtra, India, where Juhi attended at Sydenham College. Her growing years in Mumbai also helped her a lot. After graduating, she entered in the Miss India competition and was crowned 'Miss India 1984', taking over from Miss India 1983, Rekha Hande. In 1984, she went to Miami for the Miss Universe Pageant.
Even though she did not win the title, she came back home with a lot of experience, which she shared with the viewers on television.
Before she became a heartthrob of the nation with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Juhi contested for Femina Miss India and won the crown. Her mother passed away in an accident during the year 1998 while Juhi was filming Duplicate. Though a beauty queen, Juhi successfully managed to steer clear of a sexy image and carved a niche of the innocent, vivacious girl in pigtails. She refused to star in films that could project her as a sexy and glamorous star. Lootere, for example, is one film, which Juhi wasn't keen on doing as she thought it would ruin her 'girl' image. After friends convinced her she did it & acquired the glamour tag too. Her first appearance on the tinsel screen was as Zarina in the 1986 release Sultanat. She shot to fame after the release of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak opposite Aamir Khan. As of August 2007, she has been bestowed with three awards for her performance in Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke,Duplicate, and 3 Deewarein.
Yash Chopra signed Juhi for Darr a film which consolidated the actress's star value. On the personal front, Juhi is a thorough friend. Her commitment and a sense of attachment to her friends is for life. According to filmi journo and Chawla's college mate, Omar Qureshi, Juhi is a person to stick by her friends, newcomers or stars. That is how her firm friendship with Shah Rukh Khan started. SRK has ever been grateful to the star Juhi for agreeing to work opposite him, a newcomer then, in Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman. Juhi's trustworthiness and her trusting self is a quality that will keep her embedded on people's minds long after the star Juhi fades away into oblivion.
Juhi tied the knot with the multi-millionaire industrialist, Jai Mehta in 1998. The couple have a daughter, Jhanvi, and son, Arjun.
She continues to act in movies (including off-beat movies) and also appears in a number of TV ads & commercials.