You are appearing in a television show for the first time in Baa Bahu Aur Baby. How was your experience on the show?
I liked the Thakkar family and I enjoyed myself a lot. Although it was my first time, they made me feel very much at ease. I was thrilled to see that the whole cast behaves like one big family. They are all such good actors and it was easy working with them. I have never worked on television before, and it is the first time I have come in a serial, but I will remember and cherish this day for a very long time. Baa Bahu Aur Baby has been my one and only experience in a TV serial and a very pleasant one.
Was working in Bhootnath more exciting than working in Baa Bahu Aur Baby?
Baa Bahu Aur Baby has been an exciting experience because there is such a big family who've been together for such a long time. I wouldn't like to choose one over the other but all I can say is that the viewers who watch Baa Bahu Aur Baby are very attached to the Thakkar family and are supremely fond of the show.
Do the kids of Baa Bahu Aur Baby remind you of the ones in Bhoothnath?
Not just the kids of the house, but the ambience, the spirit of togetherness, the ease, no-attitude behaviour, chemistry between the actors, on spot improvisation etc. every thing reminds me of Bhoothnath. The film also had a huge set of a house where 50 to 60% of the film was shot. For almost two months, we have been going on the sets daily that by the end of the schedule the entire unit was like one big family and going to the sets felt like going from your home to another home. The same applies to the set here. Since there is such a big house and such a big family you start thinking of it as a part of you...
Which is your favourite Baa Bahu Aur Baby character and why?
I have many favourites. One of course is Gattu because he is very unique and his character is very distinct. Deven is a magnificent actor and does a brilliant job as Gattu. I, infact, like most of the actors on this show and its unfair for me to choose one over the other. I like the babus of the family, Leelaben, Charubalaben etc. Each character is different and very well defined. I especially like baa. She is a very strong-willed woman and a very powerful character. She is the head of the family, holds such a large responsibility on her shoulders and yet manages the house and the relationships between family members so beautifully.
What do you like about the show and are there any similarities with Bhootnath?
I like Baa Bahu Aur Baby since it's a family show and things here are not over dramatized. The incidents and nuances are so similar to our real lives and most of the incidences we see here often happen in our own homes. Our film, Bhootnath is also quite the same. It is a movie that families would like to see. I think just as family audience form the crux for Baa Bahu Aur Baby, so will they for Bhootnath.
Juhi Chawla can be seen in Baa Bahu Aur Baby on Saturday, April 12 at 9.30 pm only on Star Plus