MUMBAI: Juhi Chawla and Madhuri Dixit have come a long way in their careers and also in their relationship. The Bollywood actors have been archrivals for the longest time, but now, with the release of their new film Gulaab Gang, they seem to be getting along just fine. In fact, we might just be looking at new BFFs!
This will be the first time ever that two will be sharing screen space. Juhi calls the Dhak Dhak girl “one of the best co-stars” she has had till date.
The movie is loosely based on the fierce Gulabi Gang — a group of Indian women vigilantes based in Uttar Pradesh who work for the welfare and rights of women; they help protect those who are abused and beaten up by their husbands.
Gulaab Gang features Madhuri in the lead role while Juhi is seen in a negative role. “This was the first time we shot scenes together," Juhi said. "I think she [Madhuri] has been one of the best co-stars I have had so far."
Juhi made her acting debut in 1986 with Sultanat, while Madhuri started acting with 1984 film Abodh. But both the actors had their first commercial hits in 1988 — Juhi made it big with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, while Madhuri rocked the nation with her Ek Do Teen number in Tezaab.
From then onwards, their success curves only went upwards. Juhi had films such as Darr, Yes Boss, Deewana Mastana, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Bol Radha Bol and Ishq to her name while Madhuri gave blockbusters such as Dil, Saajan, Beta, Ram Lakhan, Dil To Pagal Hai and Devdas.
“There was a time when we were archrivals and that rivalry remained for many years,” Juhi continued. “We used to talk a little but whenever we met at any function or on the sets of any film, we would just say ‘hello’ to each other and move ahead."
But now, Juhi is ready to put that rivalry aside and is anxiously looking forward to working with Madhuri. “After so many years, we now had an opportunity to work together in a film. The script is very strong also — Madhuri is the hero and I am the villain,” she added.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 3rd, 2013.
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