The first Indian woman to win the Miss Universe crown in 1994, she had made her Bollywood debut in the film, DASTAK.
She gained success in the movie BIWI NO.1, directed by David Dhawan and had also won the 'Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award' in 1999. BIWI NO.1 which happened to be was the highest grossing movie of 1999.
In that year, she had also got a nomination in the same category for the film SIRF TUM. She was appreciated for her well-crafted acting in movies like AANKHEN and MAIN AISA HI HOON.
But it was her teaming up with Shah Rukh Khan in the movie MAIN HOON NA that brought her real success and popularity. The film was the second best selling movie of 2004.