Actor Juhi Chawla, who is going to share screen space with her yesteryear competitor Madhuri Dixit for the first time in the upcoming film, Gulab Gang, says that though both actors were arch rivals in the 90s and never talked much, they bonded very well on the sets of their first film together.
“I really enjoyed working with Madhuri. In the late 80s and 90s, when we were both doing lead roles with the same heroes, there were a lot of comparisons and pressures. We would not talk beyond a ‘hello’. We both were constantly competing. But we are past that stage now and this time there was no pressure. The script is fabulous…while I play the vamp, Madhuri plays the heroine. We both will rock the film. Even though we have a couple of scenes with each other, working on this film actually broke the ice between us. We talked about family and kids,” says Juhi.
Inspired by Sampat Pal-led Gulabi Gang in Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh, which fights for the rights of women in the region, Gulab Gang will see Juhi play a dark character. Madhuri, on the other hand, plays the gang leader.
Talking about playing a negative character for the first time, Juhi says, “It was exciting and challenging at the same time to play such a character. And that’s what made me take it up. At this point in my career, I want to do roles that excite me. I’m happy with the kind of work I’m doing.”
When asked about her take on today’s comedy films that come laced with sexual innuendos, Juhi, who is known to have a great comic timing, says, “You can’t take your kids to watch today’s comedies. Ideally, comedies should be clean and should be enjoyed by the entire family.”