I had for­got­ten about my birth­day: Juhi Chawla

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This week gives Juhi Chawla (right) two rea­sons to cel­e­brate. While she is ex­cited about Di­wali on Novem­ber 11, her birth­day falls on Novem­ber 13. This year, the ac­tor will cel­e­brate both the oc­ca­sions with her fam­ily in Uganda.

“I was busy plan­ning Di­wali, so I’d for­got­ten about my birth­day. All that was on my mind was that Di­wali must be spent with fam­ily, so we’re go­ing to Uganda, which is where my in-laws stay. My sis­ter-in-law, some other fam­ily mem­bers, and a few friends will come down. We will all be there to­gether,” says Juhi. How­ever, the ac­tor con­fesses that she is not a party per­son. “I’m one of those bor­ing peo­ple who are not both­ered about par­ty­ing, and have to be forced to get out. I’m hap­pier when I can be at ease, and don’t have to deck-up,” she adds.

Pro­fes­sion­ally, over the years, Juhi’s Bol­ly­wood pres­ence has been in­ter­mit­tent, but she says that she doesn’t miss the lime­light. “I’m very happy with what­ever work I do now, and I do it en­thu­si­as­ti­cally. There have been ups and downs, and small gaps in my ca­reer, but I’m fine with that, be­cause there’s so much more that hap­pens in life. You can’t al­ways think uni­di­men­sion­ally, and just fo­cus on films,” she says.

The ac­tor also feels that sev­eral as­pects of cin­ema have not changed since she en­tered the industry. “There are a few spe­cial films made ev­ery year, but the rest are all runof-the-mill. And that hasn’t changed. If any­thing, cin­ema has be­come a lit­tle bold now,” she adds. Ask Juhi which phase in Hindi cin­ema she would call the best, and she chooses the ’90s. “We had lovely mu­sic ear­lier. We may not have had the air-con­di­tioned stu­dios and van­ity vans, but there was a lot of warmth on the sets,” she says.

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