Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Darr, Ishq, Yes Boss... If you start to count her films, this list would be endless. But what is longer than that is the list of this beautiful and vivacious actress' fans!
Whether it be Aamir Khan or Shahrukh Khan, the audience have
enjoyed her pair with all actors she has acted with so far. She has
made a special place in the hearts of movie goers with her innocent
smile. But Juhi's fans are in for a surprise as she will be seen
essaying the role of a ruthless politician in her film Gulaab
Gang. The film is all set to release this week.
In an interview with Oneindia reporter Sonika Mishra, Juhi Chawla
talks about her bonding and relationship with her competitor
Madhuri Dixit, about the negative role
in the film and about all the struggles that she had to undergo in
Here are the excerpts from the interview with Juhi
How was your reaction when you were first offered to
play a negative character in Gulaab Gang? How confident
were you in playing the character - Then and Now?
I thought Soumik Sen had gone mad when he approached me with
this negative role in Gulaab Gang. I asked him to rewrite
my role keeping my character in mind. When he did that, I thought
it was too dull and boring. So, I decided to go ahead with the
original script. Now, when I hear people appreciate my work, I feel
happy that I did this.
How did you prepare yourself for a negative role like
this, and was this character inspired by real life politicians in
Yes, I did a bit of research to find out how women politicians
in India dress up and carry themselves in a crowd. I took
inspiration from real life women politicians such as Sushma Swaraj,
Mamta Banerjee and Sonia Gandhi.
What is your opinion about politics and do you think
politics in reality is negative as well?
I know very little about politics, and whatever I read in
newspapers about politics is all negative. I'm personally of the
opinion that you don't have to be a politician to want to work for
the well being of the people.
I heard that you were surprised to see yourself in a
negative character on-screen. Why is that?
I was not very comfortable playing a negative role in Gulaab
Gang. During the course of the shooting, I kept thinking
whether I was doing the right thing. However, when Soumik Sen
showed me the final film and told me that he was glad that I agreed
to do this film, I thought my role had shaped up very well and felt
like this was magic!
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Juhi Speaks About Madhuri
Do you feel that the film
Gulaab Gang is being talked about more because of your
competition with Madhuri Dixit long back? Don't you feel that
Madhuri Dixit has a more important role in the
I think there is more curiosity about
the film because of Madhuri and my pairing. If it was another
actress who was paired with Madhuri, the film would not have got
that much publicity. Madhuri Dixit is the 'hero' of the film. She
is like how Amitabh Bachchan used to be in his films. However, the
real 'masala' comes when my character makes the entry. I add the
much needed flavour of 'spice and masala' in the film.
Juhi Speaks About Her Negative Role
You have always been popular because of your vivacious
and peppy nature. How difficult was it for you to fit in a total
It took me one-two days to fit myself in this role. Soumik Sen
helped me a lot in understanding the character and told me that it
is easy to shout and express yourself when angry. But if you
control your anger and vent it out in a more stern and calm manner,
the effect will be immense. This advice helped me a lot in playing
my character. I then began enjoying my role.
Juhi On Supporting Roles
You have done many supporting roles before Gulaab
Gang. Have you been offered more lead roles like this
(Laughs) Nobody would like to see me romance in a film anymore.
How will it seem if Madhuri and I act in a love triangle story...
dance, run around with heroes? It sounds very strange, doesn't it?
That's why I was doing supporting roles till now. There are very
few films like Gulaab Gang. Even in this film, I only add
a bit of spice, otherwise the entire film belongs to Madhuri
Is there any difference interacting with Madhuri - Then
I shared only a 'hi-hello' sort of relationship with Madhuri
Dixit before Gulaab Gang happened. We met only during
events and so-on earlier.
Juhi On Offbeat Cinema
In your times, you never preferred to do offbeat cinema,
but now every other is venturing out to do different and offbeat
films. What do you think about that?
Those were commercial and happy films. I was offered quite a few
offbeat films, but turned it out since I was glad doing my romance
and dance. When I was doing My Brother Nikhil, there was
very little make-up on me and I was asked 'NOT' to act! I was asked
to deliver my dialogues without 'over acting'. I was surprised at
that time. But this is the era of offbeat cinema. The industry has
changed a lot!
Juhi Likes Madhuri's HAHK
Is there any film of Madhuri Dixit that you would have
liked to be a part of?
I loved Madhuri Dixit's Hum Aapke Hai Kaun. I kept
thinking why I was never offered such films. Madhuri did a
wonderful job in that film and the movie was so beautifully made
that I still want to be a part of the film!