From being the winner of the 1984 Miss India beauty pageant to being regarded as one of the finest and most popular actresses of Indian Cinema, Juhi Chawla has proven to be an epitome of excellence in every field that she has stepped in. Apart from being an actress, Juhi is a television personality, a humanitarian and the co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders.
Our cover star for the month of June is the superstar actress, who doesn’t need any more introduction, the evergreen, Juhi Chawla. Catch up on everything in her exclusive interview with Namita Nayyar, President, Women Fitness India as she pens down her journey in Bollywood and beyond.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
Your journey in the entertainment world began when you won the 1984 Miss India beauty pageant. Ever since, you are regarded as one of the finest and most popular actress of Indian Cinema, having garnered particular praise for your comic timing and vivacious on-screen persona. Share with our viewers your incredible journey to become a superstar?
Ms. Juhi Chawla:
It has been due to destiny, good luck and blessings, which I am extremely grateful for. I mean as a child, I never even imagined being in the industry. But then life gave me these extraordinary chances and I am not sure what made me take them up, but I did. And now look where destiny has brought me. I remember my first film Sultanat did not click, but my second film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was the one which nobody really knew about, but it caught the fancy of audiences and became the hit it did, and gave me my career. It really gave me a good anchor in the film industry.
Throughout, my endeavor was just to do my best and be successful. The one nice thing was my healthy attitude towards work, which also gave me a long inning. So basically I just kept doing what I could by giving it my best, as I wanted my parents to be proud of my work as well as me. However, there were certain times in my career, which could have got me to stop working. One was after my marriage, as Jay’s family are all industrialists so the older relatives did, at one point, ask me if I would be willing to give it up. At that point I did think that I would have to let go of this career. But then by a twist of fate, after marriage, I still got to continue. Then after my children came, I had to take a break, after which I wasn’t sure if I would be accepted or get work. But surprisingly when I came back, I was offered films that were different, charming and smaller ones like Jhankar Beats, Teen Deewarein and My Brother Nikhil. And at that time, advertising too had started taking off, so endorsements came up too. After all that, I also did some lovely regional as well as National Award winning films. Things kept moving, slower, but just kept moving. So yes, I have been really really fortunate, for which I am very grateful.
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