Juhi Chawla

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The line between the heroine and item girls is blurred now: Juhi

In  over 25 years that she has dedicated to the Hindi film industry, Juhi Chawla has witnessed several trends. But she believes the current generation of actors has too much pressure to handle as far as competition and visiblity are concerned.

"I thank god that I was there (at the peak of my career). I think there's too much pressure now," Juhi told IANS during a tete-a-tete here.

"There are so many newcomers...Earlier once you made a mark, at least you had a chance of getting ahead. I think today you really have to stand your ground to be able to sustain.

"There is so much noise around like size zero, public relations, marketing...I hope these girls are also enjoying themselves," added the 46-year-old as she shared how she is "not really happy" about this aspect of Hindi filmdom today.

During her prime, the entertainer charmed moviegoers with her million- dollar smile, innocence and charm. A former Miss India Universe, she made her cinematic debut with 1986 film Sultanat.

Her first commercial success came in 1988 with romantic drama Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, following which she went on to deliver hits like Darr, Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke and Ishq.

It was after her marriage to businessman Jai Mehta in 1998 that Juhi experimented with a different kind of cinema with movies like 3 Deewarein, My Brother Nikhil and Jhankaar Beats.

With a filmography of over 90, the actress believes a lot has changed about the heroine in Bollywood.

"I think the line between the heroine and item girls is blurred now. I liked my heroine to be the way she was...sweet or at least she used to blush sometimes. Now there is nothing! They are so open about everything. I am happy now I have enjoyed myself and now I see all this drama happening around," she said.

She is candid about the fact that it had pained her to give up her position to the new generation after a point in time.

"At one point I felt that pinch. I was hurt. It was like somebody had walked into my shoes, but beyond a point I had started to accept it. (Now) It's like how embarrassing...I can't do those roles again. I have crossed that (phase)," she said.

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