I had forgotten about my birthday: Juhi Chawla
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.