She won Miss Universe in 1994, and became known for her roles in Ratchagan, Aankhen, and Zindaggi Rocks. She also played a major role in the 1999 film Sirf Tum.
She won the title of Femina Miss India as a teenager and represented India in the Miss Universe beauty pageant.
She won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Award for her work in the 1999 comedy film Biwi No.1.
She adopted a girl named Renée in 2000 and then adopted a three-month old girl named Alisah in 2010. She dated actor Randeep Hooda from 2004 until 2006.
She was directed by David Dhawan in the 1999 feature Biwi No.1.