Juhi on way to becoming superstar comedienne?

Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

imageMumbai, (IANS) Everyone knows her as that rare entity called the comedienne... the latest example being the mad ad where she plays Tulsi from "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" with wicked wit. Now Juhi Chawla will have a whole film written to exploit her comic talents.

To be produced by Sa Re Ga Ma, Ananth Mahadevan's "Na Na Karte" will feature Juhi in a unique tailor-made role of the kind never done by a Hindi film heroine before.

Says Sa Re Ga Ma's chief executive (movie production) Harish Dayani: "Though the film will have two heroes and leading ladies, so far we've locked in only Juhi Chawla for the project. It's a role only she can do and a film that perhaps cannot be made without her. Juhi plays a male version of what Paresh Rawal generally does in our movies."

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

"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 'farce'.