Juhi Chawla: I still feel like a newcomer!

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Mumbai, March 20 -- Juhi Chawla has been working in the entertainment industry for more than three decades and has acted in almost a 100 films, but the actor says she feels like a newcomer when she faces the camera for a new project. 


"Sometimes when I look back, I can't believe that I've done all of that, it seems more like a dream," the actor says, adding that she is grateful for having had "an amazing career".


Juhi has had her fair share of hit films, but she says she has some favourites too. "I have don so many films. I've really enjoyed working in them and loved them for what they were. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992), Aaina (1993), Darr (1993), Daraar (1996), Ishq (1997), Yes Boss (1997), and My Brother Nikhil (2005), to name a few. I feel blessed that I cannot just name one film," says Juhi. The actor recently signed a psychological thriller and also begun shooting for Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, which also stars Rajkummar Rao, Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.


Ask Juhi if actors ever looked beyond Bollywood and received opportunities to work in the West in the '90s, and she says, "Back in the day, some actors worked abroad. There was (the late) Om Puriji, Shabanaji (Azmi), Tabu and I'm sure some other actors have worked in crossover films. So it's not like it hasn't happened before. Today, I think with explosion of the Internet, there are no physical boundaries. Actors are going across perhaps a little more now. I did do a guest appearance in the film A Hundred Foot Journey (2014). I did it because there were amazing names behind the film, and for the experience. But I was always happy to be here."


Given her track record, was Juhi calculative about her film choices or did she play it by ear? "Earlier, we rarely got a script that was bound and ready. We got by knowing who the producer and director were, and had a gist of the story before signing it. In the early years, the only stories I heard from beginning to end were Aaina, Darr, Arjun Pandit (1999), and Daraar. I just signed the rest and went with the flow. Today, there are bound scripts and people are ready with their subjects, so you can choose and don't have to go along just by the name of the production house," the actor says.