Juhi Chawla: “My kids are very embarrassed to see my films”

Juhi Chawla (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
Juhi Chawla (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Juhi Chawla, who began her acting career more than three decades ago with Sultanat (1986), has played a vast variety of roles in her storied career. From playing an innocent, love-stricken girl in Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) to sliding into the skin of a shrewd politician in Gulaab Gang (2014), Chawla has shown her terrific range in a number of movies.

Her earlier films, which still garner good viewership on television, were popular with people from all age groups. Be it children or grown-ups, her popularity amongst all segments of the audience propelled her to the apogee of stardom. So, when Juhi Chawal says that her own children do not like much of her work, it comes as a surprise.

Talking to a publication, the award-winning actress said that she tried showing her children Jahnavi and Arjun a couple of her films, but they did not show any interest. She added that her son even once told her that he would not watch any romantic film featuring her as it gets very strange.

“Actually, they are very embarrassed to see my films, especially the earlier ones. In fact, my husband (Jay Mehta) told them to watch Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke (1993) saying that it is quite a cute film. Then, Arjun asked me, ‘Mom, is there romance in that film?’ and I was like, ‘Yes, it is a romantic comedy.’ To this, he replied, ‘I don’t want to see your films that feature romance. It gets very strange. So, I am not going to watch any of your films.’ And that’s it! They don’t want to watch any of my films,” said the actress.

She concludes by saying that Main Krishna Hoon (2012) and Chalk n Duster (2016) are the two only films where they appreciated her performances.

Last seen in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (2019), Juhi Chawla next stars in Sharmaji Namkeen, which will mark the final onscreen appearance of veteran actor Rishi Kapoor who died of cancer on 30th April, 2020.