Chawla traces her 30-year-journey and what she learned from Shabana Azmi
A romantic in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak or a tortured wife in Daraar, Juhi Chawla has been a force to reckon with in her 30-year career. Considered something of a pioneer for women in the field, she happily took a step back from the glamorous life to shine the spotlight on her children Jhanavi and Arjun, with industrialist Jay Mehta. Last year, she made a comeback alongside Madhuri Dixit in Gulaab Gang, to play a villain for the first time. She also joined the Hollywood bandwagon, sharing the screen with Dame Helen Mirren and Om Puri in Steven Spielberga��s The Hundred Foot Journey. Now shea��s gearing up for Subhash Singha��s Chalk and Duster, a film about the business of education. More from the actress:
Your role in Chalk N Duster.
I play a teacher. What drew me was the engaging scripta��it will make you want to get up and clap.
Working with veterans
Therea��s something to learn from the experienced and to enjoy in the enthusiasm of those just starting out.
Working with Shabana Azmi.
I remember the first time she read the script, listened to the role, and just got so taken up with the whole thing. She even took the filma��s designer to shop her wardrobe for the film, which matches her character of a teacher. That actually put me to shame because I am not very involved in these aspects. Working with such an evolved actress has been amazing.
A performance youa��re proud of.
I have done some lovely roles in a lot of films, but always in the space of goody, funny, romantic, sweet and emotional. The one that stands out for me is Gulab Gang, which was dark.
Directors youa��d like to work with?
Rajkumar Hirani and Shoojit Sircar, definitely.
Critical acclaim or mass appeal?
Why do we have to pick? Ia��d love both. A box office hit and great reviews, perfect.
The film is scheduled to release on September 5, Teachersa�� Day.
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