"I'll ensure that my daughter doesn't become an actress. I want her to become a classical singer."
(Filmfare, Nov 2001)

Known as the Betty of Bollywood, she became the nation's sweetheart with her sweet-and-simple performance in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. Since then, she has found it difficult since to break from that ingenue mold.

Juhi Chawla   A former Miss India (1984) and model, Juhi Chawla has seen her career slow in recent years. But Juhi may face a challenge even greater than trying to find roles while a wife (to businessman Jai Mehta) and mother (to infant daughter Jhanavi). Dreamz Unlimited, the production company which she co-founded with close friend and fellow actor Shahrukh Khan, has failed to hit gold with its three fledgling films -- Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, One 2 Ka 4, and Asoka. In typical Juhi / Shahrukh style, the founders haven't lost faith, but the trick is convincing the rest of the industry to follow suit.

   On the domestic front, Juhi surprised the entire industry by concealing her marriage to old friend Jai for as long as humanly possible. Filmfare Online gently ribbed her for it in a December 1999 interview:

Q:  Juhi, with all due compliments, you have handled the news of your marriage to Jay really smartly. First you totally skirted the issue and denied the topic completely. Then you simply let it sink in casually, lightly mentioning it to the press, that you're Mrs. Mehta. Without much ado. Comment?
  A:  And I like the way you've gone ahead and blatantly asked me right now, so subtly. Actually I guess it just kinda trickled in. But believe me, there was no strategy involved. No planning at all. It just happened. The Gods must love me.

   Of course, in an industry where married actresses are considered box office poison, can one blame her?  

   In 1999, Juhi had a falling out with director Mahesh Majrekar. Displeased at her refusal of a role in one of his films, he took his grievances to journalists, who were delighted by the novelty of printing something negative about the "girl next door." As usual, Juhi responded with gentle gravity: "I couldn't do this particular film because I felt I wouldn't suit the character, that's all. And such a hue and cry was made. Like I said, [rejecting roles] is not taken in the right spirit most of the time. Though I try to be as straight as possible. At least I don't say yes and keep people hanging." (Filmfare Online, Dec. 1999)

   Though Juhi's most famous friend is undeniably Shahrukh Khan, there was a time in the early nineties when she was better known as being inseparable from QSQT co-star Aamir Khan. They were supposedly so close that no matter how late Aamir and his wife were running, Juhi would delay the start of any party or function until they arrived. Apparently the friendship ended over a very trivial matter -- Aamir made a joke when Juhi wasn't in the mood, and sharp words were exchanged. Both of them being notoriously sensitive, that was it for the relationship, and they no longer speak except in business situations.  It makes one wonder how she gets along so well with Shahrukh, who, as Karan Johar has noted, "is a hyper-sensitive man" who "needs to be dealt with very sensitively." (Cineblitz, Feb. 2002) One must wonder, then, if there isn't more to the Aamir-Juhi fall-out than the public knows!

 

Juhi Chawla
born: November 13, 1967
height: 5' 4"

FILMS
1986 Sultanat
1987 Premaloka
1988 Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak*
1989 Chandni
1989 Goonj
1989 Love Love Love
1989 Tum Mere Ho
1989 Vicky Dada
1990 Bhabhi
1990 C.I.D.
1990 Karz Chukana Hai
1990 Pratibandh
1990 Shandaar
1990 Swarg
1991 Benaam Badshah
1991 Shanti Kranti
1992 Bewaffa Se Waffa
1992 Bol Radha Bol
1992 Daulat Ki Jung
1992 Mera Sajna Saath Nibhana
1992 Radha Ka Sangam
1992 Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman
1992 Tadipaar
1993 Aaina
1993 Darr*
1993 Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke*
1993 Izzat Ki Roti
1993 Jaan Pe Khel Kar
1993 Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
1993 Lootere
1993 Pehla Nasha
1993 Saajan Ka Ghar
1993 Shatranj
1994 Andaz
1994 Andaz Apna Apna*
1994 Bhagaywan
1994 Do Bhai
1994 Eena Meena Deeka
1994 The Gentleman
1994 Ghar Ki Izzat
1994 Jahrilay
1994 Naajayaz
1994 Paramatma
1995 Aatank Hi Aatank
1995 Kartavya
1995 Najaayaz
1995 Ram Jaane
1996 Bandish
1996 Daraar
1996 Loafer
1997 Deewana Mastana
1997 Ishq*
1997 Mr. and Mrs. Khiladi
1997 Yes Boss*
1998 Duplicate*
1998 Harikrishnans
1998 Saat Rang Ke Sapne
1998 Talaashi
1999 Arjun Pandit
1999 Jhoot Bole Kauva Kaate
1999 Safari
2000 Karobaar
2000 Gang
2000 Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
2000 Shaheed Udham Singh
2001 Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiya
2001 Ek Rishtaa*
2001 One 2 Ka 4
2003 Jhankaar Beats
2003 Teen Deeware
* acclaimed performance


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