Juhi Chawla to play a goofy do-gooder ...

By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

imageMumbai, (IANS) Everyone knows Juhi Chawla as that rare and precious entity called the comedienne. For instance, the mad ad for Kurkure in which she plays Tulsi from "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" with wicked wit.

Now Juhi will have a whole film written to exploit her comic talents. To be produced by Sa Re Ga Ma, the film titled "Na Na Karte" will feature Juhi in a unique tailor-made role of the kind never done by a Hindi film heroine before."

"Though the film will have two heroes and leading ladies, so far we have locked in only Juhi Chawla for the project. It is a role only she can do and a film that perhaps cannot be made without her," Sa Re Ga Ma's chief executive (movie production) Harish Dayani told IANS.

"Juhi plays a male version of what Paresh Rawal generally does in our movies."

Director Ananth Mahadevan who has just wrapped up an amazing humanistic drama, "Staying Alive", is looking forward to doing this out-and-out frolic with the funnies.

"Though I've done comedy on TV - 'Ghar Jamai' - and my feature film 'Dil Maange More' was a romantic comedy, 'Na Na Karte' will be the first comedy with an actress. I consider Juhi the Goldie Hawn of India. Her comic potential is illimitable.

"I wrote the role with her in mind. Juhi plays a goofy do-gooder who unknowingly gets into trouble for all the wrong reasons. If it works, Juhi could become the first female comic superstar of Bollywood."

Incidentally, Rekha and Mallika Sherawat recently tried doing a full-on comedy, "Bachke Rehna Re Baba", and fell flat on their faces.