Rishi Kapoor still shouts at me: Juhi Chawla

Jan 30, 2009 Subhash K Jha

Mumbai, Jan 30 (IANS) In "Luck By Chance" Juhi Chawla was reunited with her favourite co-star Rishi Kapoor after 12 years. She says that he has changed in the last few years, becoming more flexible, but is still grumpy.

"He has changed. Not counting the delayed 'Karobaar', the last time we worked together was in 'Daraar' in 1996. It was always fun working with him, though he was always grumpy and that hasn't changed. Now he's far more flexible and thoroughly enjoying himself. But otherwise he's still the same. He still shouts at me and everyone on the sets. That's Chintuji."

But Juhi was shocked to see the change in Rishi in other ways.

"Earlier, when we did all those films like 'Bol Radha Bol' and 'Eena Meena Deeka' there was no question of shooting in the night. So when there was night shoot for 'Luck By Chance', I said, 'Oh, Oh, here comes trouble. I'll agree. But knowing Chintuji... he will never agree.' But he shocked me. He continued shooting in the night even after I packed up, with no sign of grumpiness.

"He used to be so fastidious about the timings. He'd shoot completely by the clock, and then leave not a minute before or after. Now he's far more flexible."

The actress plays a cameo in Zoya Akhtar's "Luck By Chance".

"I play Chintuji's loud Punjabi wife, a loud wannabe socialite. I wear garish clothes and makeup. I've even coloured ny hair a bright blonde. It was fun. But just a guest appearance."

Juhi admits she hasn't been able to keep up with her friends in the industry, including Rishi Kapoor.

"I live in South Mumbai now. It takes a good two hours to get to Juhu-Andheri. I just can't do it. For work I can go anywhere, but not to socialise."

Juhi finds it easier to go to London than to Film City.

"I've been asked to come to London for the premiere of 'Luck By Chance'. I might go for that. I'm cut off from all my industry friends, including Chintuji. But I always feel close to the industry even when I don't meet the folks regularly."

Juhi will now be seen on television. But only as a judge on the new season of the reality show "Jhalak Dikhla Jaa".

"Luckily, I'm not expected to change into some aggressive creature for the show. They told me I don't have to act, just be myself and the participants aren't dancers to begin with. But that's okay. I don't know how to judge participants. We'll learn on the job."

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