, Kashmir, India
Ayesha Jhulka is a Bollywood actress and has worked with leading stars including Mithun Chakraborty, Govinda, Jackie Shroff, Nana Patekar, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Suniel Shetty, Akshay Kumar and Shahrukh Khan. Jhulka made her debut in 1991 with `Kurbaan` opposite Salman Khan, which was a hit, as were `Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander` with Aamir Khan; `Khiladi` with Akshay Kumar; `Dalaal`
and `Rang `
Though `Dalaal` was a hit at the box office, Ayesha was having problems with its maker because of a certain scene in which they used her body double. Jhulka filed complaints with the Cine Artistes Association and the Film Producers Association. Out of the three controversial scenes, two were subsequently deleted. But it made her hugely upset as she always played the girl next door kind of roles.
She started seeing Akshay Kumar and later was also all set to marry Armaan Kohli. However, she decided to leave films but her relationship with Armaan came to an end, so did her career.
Her other successes include `Waqt Hamara Hai`; `Meherbaan’; `Balma` and `Sangram`, in which she played major roles along with Ajay Devgan and Karishma Kapoor. Among her 1994's releases `Jai Kishan` did well. She did a few second cameos in `Akele Hum Akele Tum`, which was her only release of 1995. Besides that promos of her films `Kisi Se Dil Laga Ke Dekho` with Shahrukh Khan and `Madhoo` could not see the light of the day. After a gap, she returned to movies in 1996, with the hit `Masoom`. Her other film with Mithun called `Suraj` did well, but didn’t prove helpful to her career. Other good roles in films including `Vishwavidhata` and `Ghoonghat` too failed to help. A cameo in Kamal Hasan's `Chachi 420`, which was a hit, was only able to get her unappealing offers. In 1999, she acted in `Kohram`, and a delayed film called `Hote Hote Pyar Ho Gaya` with Jackie Shroff and Kajol. But nothing helped restart her career.
She has also acted in regional Punjabi films like `Khalsa Mero Roop Hai Khas`. She also acted in alternative cinema with good roles in films like `Samvedna ` (a film based on homosexuals), `Amma ` (in which she played role of 60 year old woman, waiting for her husband) and `Janani`.
She later got married to construction tycoon Sameer Vashi. She played supporting but important roles in Run (2004), Socha Na Tha (2005) and Umrao Jaan (2006). Recently, she has started a play production and produced plays like ‘Purush’ and `Prakriti`.