Juhi Chawla shares her thoughts about her negative role in Gulaab Gang, young actresses, her personal life, dreams and more.
Birthday: November 3
Place of birth: Ambala
School/College: Fort Convent School, Mumbai and Sydenham College, Mumbai
As Zarina in Sultanat (1986)
Currently I am...
Juggling some film work, a couple of endorsements and being a good mommy
High Point of your Life
Becoming a mother
Low point of your Life
Losing my family members
If you weren’t an actress, you would’ve been…
I don’t know. I was destined to be an actress.
You are doing a negative role in Gulaab Gang for the first time. How was the experience?
Initially, I couldn’t understand how and why the director could consider me for such a role. But after he convinced me, I had a great time doing it.
If you could act in a classic, which one would it be?
Pakeezah or Basanti’s role in Sholay.
A piece of advice you’d give to a young actress.
That they should work hard and not get distracted by all the glamour around them.
Who is your 3am friend?
My fridge! When I come back late from shoots, I just raid my fridge.
Your dream destination...
Switzerland. But I haven’t been there in a while
The best thing about motherhood..
It’s a journey you haven’t travelled before, so it’s full of surprises. To see your kids grow up is beautiful.
The most touching thing your kids have done for you
Once they made a collage of all the things I say to them. And suddenly, I could see myself through their eyes.
You have three minutes to pack, what do you take with you?
You are asking a lady that! I’ll take my iPhone, iPad, all my prayer things, toiletries, pyjamas, a couple of T-shirts, a pair of jeans, hair tongs and straightener. And a bit of make up.
Your strategy in a crisis
Take a deep breath and try not panicking.
Your favourite street food..
Paani puri and bhel puri.
The biggest risk you have taken..
Joining Bollywood. I still don’t know what got into me then.
A song that describes your current state of mind.
All Izz Well from 3 Idiots.
The last thing you bought under Rs 10.
Aaj kal under Rs10 mai kuch nahi milta. Even beggars ask for more than Rs 10.
A black saree or a black dress, what do you prefer?
I don’t wear black at all.
What’s on your bedside table?
The Bhagvad Gita, although I haven’t read it yet.
The last line of your autobiography would be…
“Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost…”
One film you have seen more than five times.
The most paisa vasool film.
Fukrey and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.
The most overrated film
Kai Po Che.
The film that was a part of your growing up years
The first film you saw on the big screen
How would I remember that!
From HT Brunch, November 17
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