The focus is now on looks, not on quality:Juhi Chawla

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By HT

New Delhi, May 7 -- While it is believed that filmmakers have started giving more importance to womencentric subjects, and actors like Vidya Balan, Kangana Ranaut and Priyanka Chopra are ruling the roost in Bollywood, Juhi Chawla has a different opinion. According to the actor, 90% of all Hindi films that are made today are still "hero-centric".

"I don't think there has been a huge shift. Most of the films still focus on Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, etc. The percentage of films that have someone like a Kangana shining is really low," insists Juhi.

"When I look back, Vidya earned popularity because of films like The Dirty Picture (2011) and Kahaani (2012). Tabu was lauded for her part in Astitva (2000), and other films, in which she played the protagonist. So, there have always been roles for actresses that have helped them make their mark," says Juhi. The only difference, she says, is that there is more focus on the glamour aspect.

"These days, there is too much emphasis on how actors look. It is more about how glitzy everything appears - be it the actors or the location of the film. Because of this, I feel the quality of movies, scenes and lyrics has dropped. Films today barely have memorable dialogues," says the actor.

However, when it comes to competition among actors, Juhi feels not much has changed. "When actors are vying for the same kind of roles, there's bound to be a little rivalry. Deep friendships cannot be forged when you are competing with each other," she says.

It was believed that Juhi wasn't comfortable working alongside actor Madhuri Dixit Nene in the past, although she did share screen space with her in Gulaab Gang (2014). "Madhuri played the heroine in the movie, and I played the villain. Because my role was diametrically opposite to hers, I came on board. Had we both been asked to do positive roles, I would have said no," she says.