Juhi Chawla says she turned down a lot of big film offers at the peak of her career as she thought the industry would shut down without her. “When you are at your peak, you stop taking chances, you become indispensable and think that without you the industry will shut down as you are young and successful. You make foolish decisions. I did not do couple of films which then became blockbusters,” Juhi said.
The actress revealed that she had refused films like Raja Hindustani, Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Judaai among others. “It is all in the past, so it is ok to talk about it and you learn from it. I think most of them were two heroine projects, so I did not do it. I am responsible for Karisma Kapoor’s stardom and she doesn’t know about it,” she said.
When asked if she regrets not doing those films, Juhi says, “At that time I was still working and I had project after project. Now when I look back, I can see that I was doing silly thing, but that was the phase I was in and you end up doing all these things (rejecting films).”
The vivacious actress seems to be experimenting with roles now, but at the same time she plays it safe. “I still play safe somewhere. I do roles and films within certain parameters. This (Gulaab Gang) was something new and different to me, but I enjoyed it,” she said.
Juhi and Madhuri Dixit Nene are pitted against each other for the first time in Gulaab Gang. When the makers came to Juhi, she was surprised but found it interesting. You can win tickets to watch this film with East FM. Tune in to grab a chance.
Abhishek Bachchan Named Ambassador for END7 Campaign
The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases (Global Network) recently named Abhishek Bachchan, Bollywood superstar and international humanitarian, as its first official END7 campaign ambassador in India to help raise awareness of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Mr Bachchan joins the END7 campaign at a crucial time, with India at the tipping point of achieving control and elimination of five NTDs affecting 500 million people by 2020.
END7 is an international advocacy campaign that seeks to raise the awareness and funding necessary to control and eliminate the seven most common neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020. END7 is run by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. For more information please visit: www.end7.org.
“India represents 35 percent of the total global burden for NTDs, causing massive suffering among our poorest citizens. As a parent, I am deeply moved by the devastating toll of NTDs on children, »
MOVIE RUNS INTO LEGAL TROUBLE BEFORE RELEASE:
Worst fears for the team of Anubhav Sinha's Gulaab Gang have come true. Sampat Pal, leader of real life Gulaabi Gang, has filed a case against the film at Delhi High Court. Apparently her argument is that the makers don't have a permission to make a film on her life.
The case joins the list of dozens of others when a development like this has taken place just days before a film's release. With the film arriving this Friday and prints waiting to be dispatched, especially overseas, filing of the case couldn't have been more ill timed for Sahara Movie Studios who are presenting the film.
We tried contacting Anubhav to gain an idea around further developments but he was unavailable for comments. A senior official attached to the film added though, "It is surprising that Sampat has filed this case when in last few months we have said hundreds of times that Gulaab Gang is not based on her story or that of Gulaabi Gang. We would be shortly sharing an official response on this case."
KARAN JOHAR MIFFED AT SRK:
Sometimes quick wit can actually be foot in mouth disease. Shah Rukh Khan was in his element at the Tag Heuer event, being a bit mean (but in a fun way) and cracking jokes on everyone. Punit Malhotra was one such person who was on the receiving end of a joke, as when he said that he wishes he had the superpower to be invisible, SRK quipped back with a, “After Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, you should be invisible.” The director laughed it off, but it looks like his producer, Karan Johar, was not that amused with the comment.
Although it was said in a fun spirit, KJo, apparently, didn’t appreciate the comment. I’m told that the next day, he was heard expressing his displeasure to one of his closest friends at Dharma Productions. Things haven’t really gone back 100 per cent to being the way they were between these two, which is perhaps why Karan took the remark personally.
Additional reporting - - Stacey Yount