Come Sunday and Juhi Chawla will be among hundreds of celebrities who will run at the Mumbai Marathon. The actor will be supporting the AM Munshi Yojana and School For Mentally Challenged kids. “I don’t think I’ll run, because if I do that, the earth will tremble,” she laughs. “Jokes apart, I will be supporting the charity because I have been helping them religiously for the last few years with whatever little I can. Over the years, I’ve grown fond of everyone associated with the school. These kids are God’s special ones.”
The actor started helping the organisation four-five years ago. Her first meeting with the top official, expected to be only for 20 minutes, ran into two hours. “I had been dilly-dallying for the meeting. But when I met the people running the institution, I decided I would do everything I could in my capacity for the kids,” recalls Chawla, who plans to impart dance lessons to the children in the future..
Meanwhile, her own two kids have kept her on her toes and are mighty excited about their mother’s decision to participate in the marathon. “My kids are really supportive. They’re excited. So is my husband,” says Chawla. “Unlike other celebrities, I haven’t even run two blocks from my building; I get exhausted. Knowing my capacity, I don’t think I’ll ever go beyond three blocks. Nevertheless, I’ll do it for the kids.”
Apart from charity and running her home, Chawla has been busy helping director Onir release
, his third film with her. The project will finally hit theatres towards the last leg of February or the first week of March. By then, the World Cup matches will have started. Won’t that affect the film’s box office run? “We’re releasing the film a week or two after the matches start. So I’m hopeful we’ll get our audience,” she says. “If cricket becomes such a threat, I don’t know how any movie will release in India.”