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"I would have loved to be a singer," says Juhi Chawla

Actress Juhi Chawla says that if she were to start in the industry today, she would like to debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor

brunch Updated: Jan 14, 2016 14:48 IST
Nidhi Choksi
Nidhi Choksi
Hindustan Times

The first thing you do when you wake up.

I listen to the chirping of the birds and drink three to four glasses of water.

Singing or dancing.

Singing, singing and singing!

The weirdest thing a fan has ever done for you.

People showed me albums containing pictures of me which even I never had. I’ve had to ask them if I could keep them! Actually, it’s more endearing than weird.

What outfit works best for you.

A white sari, dress, ghagra or anything comfortable would be fine.

Favourite Bollywood villain.

I am my favourite villain! There was no better villain than me [in Gulaab Gang] in the whole of 2014.

The most difficult role you’ve done so far.

Arjun Pandit (1999). One of the most unnerving sequences was the climax with Sunny [Deol] ji, where we were shooting under a running train. It was so frightening and disorienting. I kept wanting to raise my head and had to repeatedly remind myself that if I did so, I’d be headless! Had he not been there with me, I think I would have either fainted or my head would have been sliced off.

What profession would you have chosen, if not acting?

I only know acting. But had I learnt singing earlier, I would have become a singer.

The oldest piece of clothing you own.

One of my mother’s churidars. It’s about 19 years old! After she passed away, I eventually gave all of her clothes to charity, but I just kept one and it is still hanging in my cupboard.

The best thing about yoga.

There is so much more you can achieve than good health, once you start following it.

And the biggest misconception about it.

That it is just about weight loss and getting into shape or becoming healthy.

The most difficult yoga asana you’ve done.

Sirsasana [standing on your head]. I can do it against the wall, but I have still not tried doing it without support.

What’s your strategy in a crisis.

Earlier, I’d panic and sob. But now I just tell myself that there is always a solution to everything and there’s no need to worry, because things will be fine.

One thing you’d like to change about yourself.

I would love to have a nice straight nose, which God never gave me!

If you were stuck in a lift with SRK and Aamir, what would you do?

I think we would have a great laugh sharing memories of all the fun times we’ve had working together. Then we’d just start singing all the songs from our films together.

If you had to debut in the industry today, you’d do it with…

Ranbir Kapoor.

The best compliment you’ve received.

A friend once told me that I’m like sunshine. I just loved it!

Three objects you treasure.

Greeting cards that my kids have written to me from the time when they were three or four years old, a pretty Om ring and the Rudraksh mala that I wear.

If you were Prime Minister for a day...

There would be too much to accomplish. Some things on the list would be: tackling problems of meagre wages and job security, empowering villagers, preserving our heritage, clamping down on products that have harmful chemicals, making strict laws and ensuring speedy action for crimes against women and finding and implementing better technology.

Four beauty items that always do the trick.

A light face powder, blush, some mascara and lip balm.

The last line of your autobiography would read…

"Ache logon ke saath hamesha acha hota hai."

From HT Brunch, July 19
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First Published: Jul 18, 2015 20:19 IST