19 years on, Juhi re­veals how SRK and she bonded

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

Ev­ery ac­tor re­mem­bers some films as spe­cial, and for ac­tor Juhi Chawla, her 1998 film, Du­pli­cate, with ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan is one such. The film com­pletes 19 years of its re­lease to­day, and Juhi re­veals that it was dur­ing the shoot of this film that she faced a per­sonal loss, and SRK was there by her con­stantly.

Shar­ing the story of how they bonded, an emo­tional Juhi says, “I lost my mother while shoot­ing for Du­pli­cate. We had reached Prague and it was Karan’s (Jo­har) birth­day the next day, so my mother and I bought a gift for him. Next morn­ing, be­fore I went for the shoot, she left for a walk and never came back. It was very trau­matic be­cause just a day be­fore we had reached there and three days later, we were bring­ing her back in a cof­fin.”

The one per­son who was by her side, in this dif­fi­cult phase, was Shah Rukh. “He con­soled me. He had seen his par­ents die be­fore that and no­body else knows what it means to lose a par­ent. So he tried to make me laugh and for­get things.”

Juhi re­calls that it took her a long time to come to cope with her mom’s death. She went through the mourn­ing pe­riod but then re­alised that the only way to come around was to go back to work. “I did go back for Du­pli­cate and Yes Boss—both were with Shah Rukh. Soon, I would look for­ward to the day be­cause I knew I’d see him (SRK) there and he would make fun and I would for­get for that while, what has hap­pened. So in a way, he was spe­cial be­cause he could just help me through that very dif­fi­cult time of my life. So I have bit­ter sweet mem­o­ries of this film.”

I’d look for­ward to the day be­cause I knew I’d see Shah Rukh and he would make fun and I would for­get what had hap­pened JUHI CHAWLA, AC­TOR

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