Suchitra started her career with the TV series Chunauti while still in school in the year 1987–88. She acted in a production of Peanuts: The Musical, a musical based on the famous comic strip Peanuts. She played the character Lucy.
She was a successful model in the early nineties, endorsing products such as Palmolive soap, Clearasil, Sunrise Coffee, Limca and Colgate toothpaste. In 1994, she made her breakthrough in films with Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, a commercial and critically acclaimed hit, opposite Shahrukh Khan. She also starred in Kilukkampetti opposite Malayalam star Jayaram.
She simultaneously pursued a music career in the mid- to late 1990s, releasing the pop albums Dole Dole, Dum Tara, Aha, and Zindagi, whose title track was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with the rest composed by Himesh Reshammiya.
Having given up her showbiz career for early marriage, she returned after ten years later in the film My Wife's Murder (2005), opposite Anil Kapoor. The film garnered rave reviews for Suchitra as a performer. She also starred in Karma, Confessions and Holi in 2009 – an Indo-American coproduction with an ensemble cast of stars including Naomi Campbell, Sushmita Sen and Vincent Curatola. The film failed at the box office.
The year 2010 saw the release of Rann, a film about the Indian media, directed by Ram Gopal Varma with a cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Kannada superstar Sudeep and Riteish Deshmukh. Suchitra played the role of a media executive named Nalini Kashyap.
Suchitra is a classically trained vocalist in the Gwalior gharana style of Indian classical music. She studied the art form for over ten years.
She is an accomplished poet and painter, having trained in India, London and New York. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries across India and around the globe. Her art, Suchitra proclaims, is a divine blessing from Lord Ganesha. Having never painted or even sketched in her life before, Suchitra held a paintbrush in her hand for the first time on 27 September 2004 during the Ganesh Chathurthi festival, at the encouragement of her neighbour.
Suchitra is a writer whose views were first noticed via her blogs. Her many blogs – first on www.intentblog.com, a site where she was invited to share her views by Deepak Chopra, "art in a body part" and "give me another break," and subsequently on her own site – have put Suchitra in the midst of many controversies.
Suchitra's debut novel, The Summer of Cool, was released by Penguin India in January 2009 and met with huge success. It is her first in four called the Swapnalok Society series. Based on the ethos of growing up in a typical co-operative housing society in Mumbai, this genre and these stories have struck a chord with young urban Indians. The second book in the series is called The Good News Reporter and was well received.
In September 2012, Suchitra launched The Candlelight Company specializing in therapeutic organic candles for wellness.
Drama Queen, a first person memoir by Suchitra released in November 2013 has been receiving rave reviews. The first print of the book sold out within a week from its release date.
Drama Queen a musical play written by Suchitra adapted from her book Drama Queen opened at "NCPA" Mumbai in October 2016.
Suchitra filed a case against HSBC Bank (The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) in 2012 for fraudulent mismanagement of funds and churning of portfolio resulting in extreme financial loss. She fought the case in court for over two years and was awarded an unprecedented ruling in her favour by the Indian legal system in March 2014. The bank was held liable for her financial loss and finally settled with her agreeing to return the equivalent of her investments and financial damages while fighting this case. It is the first case of its kind to have won against a bank in a long drawn out litigation.
Suchitra was married to Shekhar Kapur, a renowned filmmaker from India but now divorced. They have a daughter named Kaveri Kapur. Suchitra is actively involved in charitable work and is associated with a few NGOs..Rann (January 2010) as Nalini Kashyap
Karma Aur Holi (2009) as Sujata
Aag (2007) as Kavita
My Wife's Murder (2005) as Sheila
Vishwa (1999) (Kannada film)
Kash-m-kash TV series (1995) as Ashi
Vaade Iraade (1994)
Jazbaat (1994) as Varsha
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994) as Anna
Kilukkampetti (1991) as Anu Pillai (Malayalam film- Jayaram)