Juhi Chawla enjoys short, pleasant stay in Pakistan

Actor talks about her memorable trip.

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She feels Pakistanis are very warm and loving. PHOTO: FILE

MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Juhi Chawla was sceptical about visiting Pakistan to meet her relatives, but upon her return she says she has had a pleasant and memorable trip. She came here to attend a wedding.

“I’m back in Mumbai from Karachi. To be honest, I was wary of going to Pakistan, but it turned out to be a nice memorable trip,” Juhi tweeted.

Talking about her experience in the country, she said, “Two worlds co-exist in Karachi — a normal city with traffic, bustling markets and malls and quite another on the outskirts. It was a private, short and pleasant stay. I loved being with my cousins and nieces.”

The actor, along with her husband Jai Mehta, came to Karachi to attend a family wedding. She says they walked around with a security man.

“We had an armed security man at all times that we left the house. All important people have them there. It’s a reminder of the undercurrent of violence,” she posted.

Juhi says several people across the border were happy to see her — a mark that Bollywood is indeed popular in Pakistan.

“Pakistani people enjoy Indian movies. They’ve watched them all and were so pleasantly surprised and happy to see me there,” she said. “As I said my goodbyes, the cook says ‘Salman [Khan] bhai ko mera salaam kehna [Give my regards to Salman bhai]’; the helper says, ‘Please bring Shahrukh Khan here too’; the maid enquires, ‘Will you be meeting Aamir [Khan]?’ I couldn’t help but laugh. They were all so sweet,” Juhi wrote.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 9th, 2013.                

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Rashid | 9 years ago | Reply

Thank you madam. Hope you spread the message of love to your country men, many of whom think all Pakistanis are terrorist. Come back again.

Optimist | 9 years ago | Reply

Juhi Chawla's uncle was kidnapped (not by Taliban but for money like other business people) and later released when government probably (secretly) paid. He was treated well (as most rich people are because kidnappers are only after money). . Her uncle, Staish Anand, is a biggest film distributor (now I think he must be dealing in Bollywood films as local industry is not doing well)

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