She was initially cast opposite Bobby Deol in Barsaat which after several delays and changes she was later removed from the cast. Then there were stories of the Kapoor's not being happy with their girl entering the industry - a tradition she broke, and how.
Over the next few years, Lolo - as she is lovingly called, starred in hit films opposite all the hot young stars from Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar to Govinda and Ajay Devgan but she was yet to prove herself as an actress.
She was famous for her catfights with Raveena Tandon and Kajol. With Raveena it was about who looked better in their several dance numbers together, but with Kajol it was their fight over the same man, who Kajol eventually married.
In 1996, she landed a dream role in Raja Hindustani which was rejected by the likes of Aishwarya Rai + Juhi Chawla. The film won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award. And she followed it up with a spectacular 1997 with the hits Judwaa, Hero No.1 and Yash Chopra's Dil To Pagal Hai - which bagged her several awards including the National Award for her supporting role opposite Madhuri Dixit + Shah Rukh Khan.
After taking a break in 1998 she returned in 1999 with 3 of the year's biggest hits: Haseena Maan Jayegi, Hum Saath Saath Hain and Biwi No.1 - the latter of which earned her another nomination at Filmfare.
Over the next 3 years she had at least one spectacular career-defining role: 2000's Fiza, 2001's Zubeidaa and 2002's Shakti - with the former two earning her several awards. She was at the very top of her career and was even engaged to Abhishek Bachchan at this time. However she got married to an industrialist and said good-bye to films after her only 2003 release Baaz.
For years fans speculated her comeback film. And she finally came back in 2012 with Dangerous Ishhq - a supernatural thriller which got negative reviews and did poorly at the box office.
So what now? What's next for this former Bollywood Queen? Where does she go from here?
She still looks as stunning as ever and of course she has the talent, and she has stated several times over her career that she plans on making films for the rest of her life. But it seems she is treading very carefully by waiting for the "right" project. Let us hope she finds it soon as she is missed on screen.