© ©Farrokh Chothia
Born in a traditional south Indian family, she was an architecture student before she entered a career of Modelling. She was a top model from 1992 to 1994 and crowned Miss World in 1994. She received then offers to star in movies and her film career began in 1996. Since then, she has played in more than twenty films, acting along the biggest Indian stars of Bollywood. She won Filmfare awards for Best Actress for her performance in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), rave reviews for her performance in Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000) and got many awards in 2003 for Best Actress for her performance in Devdas selected in 2002 at the Cannes Film Festival.
Films presented at Cannes