After 25 years in Bollywood, Juhi Chawla recently forayed into Holly wood with a guest appearance in Hundred Foot Journey. In Lucknow on Tuesday , the actress talked to us about her journey so far.
SPACE IT Juhi has been to Lucknow a number of times before as well, but rues that she didn’t get a chance to explore the city . “My visit to Luc know was always restricted to press meets. However, this time, I noticed something new. I can see a whole lot of construction, espe cially the apartments. I live in Mumbai so when I go to cities like Lucknow and Kan pur, it’s always pleasant to see individual houses, open space. But gradually I can see Lucknow bhi hamare Mumbai ki tarah hota ja raha hai,” she says.
While talking about her journey in film industry so far, Juhi says, “It’s been 25 years and to be frank, at the start of my career I actually did not know that I would be able to survive for even 25 days in the film industry . It’s a blessing for me that after so many years people still want to see me in films. Even though Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was big hit, at that time I was still a newcomer in the industry and I actual ly didn’t understand ki yeh hua kya. But after seeing such success, even I have given flop films. I have had all kind of moments in my career.” And describing one such moment, Juhi says, “After the success of movie Darr, I was flying very high and my mind had stopped working. And it was then that I made some stupid decisions and let go of some good offers, which later became big hits. For example, I refused Yash Chopra’s Dil Toh Pagal hai, then Raja Hindutani. I could have done that film if that kiss scene was not there. Then the movie Judaai, I regret not doing these films. If I could go back in time, I would want to do those films that I have rejected, that’s the only thing that I want to change in my career.”
A FILM WITH SALMAN Juhi has been paired opposite Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan but never has she done a film with Salman Khan. Recently there was also speculations of Juhi doing a film with Salman, but the actress dismissed any such development. “I wish I could do a film with Salman but there is no such movie happening for now.”