Mumbai: Actress Juhi Chawla feels her friendship with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is not the same as before, primarily due to the busy schedule of the superstar. “Whose friendship is the same as ever before anyways! And we are very, very busy people and Shah Rukh Khan is all the more busy than anyone, so where we have time for friendships? But of course we are friends, no doubt,” Juhi told PTI in an exclusive interview. “Not just him, anybody from the industry; where do I meet anyone as such? It just doesn’t happen. We are all running around doing our work,” she said.
Juhi teamed up with Shah Rukh in several movies, including ‘Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman’, ‘Darr’, ‘Duplicate’, ‘Yes Boss’ among others and most of them were hit. She is ready to pair up with him again on-screen. “Of course I would love to do a film with him. Anybody will be interested in doing a film with him. But how, when, where… all this, maybe you should ask him only,” she said. Shah Rukh and Juhi were considered one of the best on screen pair in Bollywood. According to Juhi, the secret behind their chemistry was the brilliant films they were offered. “We did wonderful films, we had great directors, I had a wonderful time but all that is history now. But I am so glad that it is a very good history,” she said.
The actress, who still looks stunning says she believes in keeping herself fit. “I do yoga, I have started doing pilates. And talking about the secret for beauty, I don’t feel I am all that beautiful. But, I eat healthy food, have healthy thoughts,” she said. Juhi will be seen next in ‘Gulaab Gang’, which is loosely based on Uttar Pradesh-based Sampat Pal’s ‘Gulabi Gang’, which works for women’s betterment.
The film features Madhuri Dixit in the main lead and Juhi in a negative role. “I loved working on ‘Gulaab Gang’. I enjoyed working with Madhuri and I think it was one of the reasons why I did the film, so that we could work together. It was a bit of a challenging role for me,” she said. It is for the first time that the two leading ladies have come together on screen for a film. She will also do a film with Onir along with Prosenjit Chatterjee, but Juhi is not aware of its status as of now.
Despite being in the industry for over 25 years, the actress is still going strong in her film career and looking forward to do interesting roles. “I am not looking to do younger roles, at the same time I am trying to do something interesting. There are not so many films being made that would have a role for me, filmmakers come to me when there is a role for me,” she said. “I like to do fun films, I enjoy it. At the same time if I did a ‘Gulaab Gang’, it was because it expanded my horizon as I had not done anything like it before. I don’t mind playing a character role. Today I don’t need to say that I need to be ‘the heroine’. I don’t base my choices on that,” she added.
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