Ayesha Jhulka (born 28 July 1975 in Srinagar, Kashmir, India) is a Bollywood actress. She is the daughter of Wing Commander Jhulka, an Indian Air Force Officer. During her career, she has worked with major stars like Mithun Chakraborty, Govinda, Jackie Shroff, Nana Patekar, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Suniel Shetty, Akshay Kumar, Shahrukh Khan etc.
Jhulka made her debut in 1991 with Kurbaan opposite Salman Khan, which turned out to be hit. She got two popular hits in 1992, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander with Aamir Khan and Khiladi with Akshay Kumar. She was a new happening star in Bollywood. 1993 was also good for her, as her films Dalaal and Rang were hits. 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.
In 1993, she was part of two more average successes Waqt Hamara Hai and Meherbaan. She was praised for films Balma and Sangram, in which she played major roles along with Ajay Devgan and Karishma Kapoor. In the meantime, she also had an affair with Akshay Kumar. She was all set to marry Armaan Kohli and decided to leave films after her bad experience with Dalaal. She completed all her assignments, but her relationship with Armaan came to an end, so was Ayesha’s bright career.
Among her 1994′s releases Jai Kishan did quite well, but others were flops. Now there were no movies in her hand. She did a few second cameos in Akele Hum Akele Tum, which was her only release of 1995. Besides that Promos of her film Kisi Se Dil Laga Ke Dekho with Shahrukh Khan and Madhoo were on air in the same year. But that film could not see the light of the day.
After a gap, she returned to movies in 1996, with hit Masoom. Her other film with Mithun called Suraj did quite well in masses, but it did not help her much. After the success of Masoom, She got two important films Vishwavidhata and Ghoonghat. In both the films, she was having roles with substance, but both films flopped at the box office. She did a cameo in Kamal Hasan’s Chachi 420, even though film did well and also received positive reviews, all she was getting were films opposite Mithun or with struggling newcomers by that time.
She had two major films in 1999, Kohram, in which she got the role which was offered to Rani Mukherji and a delayed film called Hote Hote Pyar Ho Gaya with Jackie Shroff and Kajol. Her career could not shine like before, but small films kept coming her way including regional Punjabi films like Khalsa Mero Roop Hai Khas, which did well abroad. She got films with good roles like Samvedna (a film based on homosexuals), Amma (in which she played role of 60 year old woman,waiting for her husband) and Janani, but apart from Janani other two films could not be released.
In the meantime, she 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 started play production and produced plays like Purush and Prakriti.