After being graduated from National School of Drama she worked with NSD Repertory Company for sometime before moving to Mumbai. Shivpuri made her film debut in 1984 with Ab Ayega Mazaa. She acted in many art film thereafter like Shyam Benegal's Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda (1993), and Mammo (1994), though her big commercial break came with Sooraj Barjatya's Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994).
Though she remains mainly as character actress, she has done some memorable roles in films like Koyla (1997), Pardes (1997), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Anjaam (1994) and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Umrao Jaan.
She appeared in television with TV serial Humrahi (DD National), directed by Kunwar Sinha, which gave her considerable popularity as her role of 'Devki Bhojai' was widely appreciated. Thereafter she became a regular face on Indian television, starring in serials such as Hasratein on ZEE TV in 1995 as an unsatisfied wife forced to marry a man double her age & looking out for extra marital affair to satiate her needs, Kasautii Zindagi Kay, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as Raksha, Chandni, Dollar Bahu (Zee TV), Josh (Star Plus), Ek Ladki Anjaani Si and most recently in Ghar Ek Sapna (Sahara One), and India Calling (Star One). She has shared the screen also in Baat Hamarri Pakki hai on Sony Entertainment Television Asia.
She is now doing wonderful job as Kulraj Kohli in Hamari Betiyoon Ka Vivaah. She is very choosy about her work and only takes up those roles, which excites her.
She was married to late Gyan Shivpuri and has a son named Katyayan.
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