Juhi Chawla: I had informed Rishiji that Ranbir is even higher than him

Juhi Chawla: I had told Rishiji that Ranbir is even better than him - Times of India

Juhi Chawla has labored with Rishi Kapoor in a dozen movies, and was additionally paired with him in a few of his latest movies like ‘Luck By Probability’ and a visitor look in ‘Chalk N Duster’. Nonetheless, she missed the prospect to work with him in ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ because the actor handed away earlier than the movie may go on the flooring. Days after the actor’s first demise anniversary, Juhi reminisces some anecdotes from the time they labored collectively…

What reminiscences come to thoughts whenever you assume again to the time you labored with Rishi Kapoor?

Chintuji used to get irritated when followers got here to satisfy him asking for an autograph or {a photograph} and would push their bawling kids in entrance of him and say, “
Humare bachche ko aapke saath picture leni hain.’’ These children had no thought who Chintuji was and had no want to click on {a photograph} with him. Chintuji had devised a approach to drive them away. He would begin talking in English, utilizing phrases nobody had heard of and didn’t make sense, continuous for 2 minutes and that too with a straight face. The fan would look gobsmacked at Chintuji. And after the two-minute individual, he would ask the individual of they understood him to which the individual, who was by then frightened, would agree and would run away from the set. I’d watch this and chuckle, understanding that it was his trick to drive them away.

How was he on the units?

In these days, many of the shootings would occur at Kamalistan or Chandivali studios. Actresses take a very long time getting dressed so I’d attain the shoot location early and be prepared earlier than Chintuji got here on set. He could be on time and did his make up exterior the make-up room. His make-up man Shashi dada would set a desk below a tree and a small transistor could be stored on whereas the make-up was being finished. In 20 minutes, he would get irritated, rise up, take the sponge, rub off his make-up and ruffle his hair and shout out that he was prepared for a shot. I’d be there watching him. He was actually humorous.

How totally different was he from ‘Bol Radha Bol’ to ‘Luck By Probability’?

We labored once more in ‘Luck By Probability’ which was a short position and we performed a Punjabi couple. It was Zoya’s (director Zoya Akhtar) first movie and the shoot would go on until late at evening. However I knew Chintuji had a set time of packing up from the units. I didn’t have the heart to inform them and knew that Chintuji wouldn’t keep again. However then I noticed he was having a pleasant time on set until late evening. Maine kaha Chintuji ko kya ho gaya hai (I puzzled what has occurred to Chintuji).

How was he as a co-star?

There have been instances when Chintuji would inform me that, “I’ve been a star since I used to be 16 years previous. What would one anticipate from me?” Once you say he was a brat, it was simply the best way he was, very distinctive and approachable. However I’d preserve a decent distance as he was my senior, which slowly eased out as soon as I established myself and had little extra confidence in myself. He was a radical skilled, all the time on time and all the time prepared. I don’t bear in mind him taking greater than two takes for any shot. He was a really completed actor.

He additionally liked to play Scrabble…

We used to play Scrabble in between photographs. I’d do my greatest however he would simply demolish me recreation after recreation. I’d win one of many 10 video games however I promise I’d put up a very good match. I wasn’t dumb however he was actually good at it. Working with Chintuji means taking part in Scrabble. After I was going to work with him in ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’, I discovered a e book referred to as ‘101 Methods to Win Scrabble’ which I used to be going to learn cowl to cowl to beat him but it surely could not occur.

What do you consider his son, Ranbir?

Chintuji was all the time easy and charming on-screen however I informed him that Ranbir is implausible and even higher than him!

Some other anecdote you wish to share?

One other very good reminiscence of him is once we have been taking pictures the climax of ‘Chalk N Duster’. Shabanaji (Azmi) requested Chintuji to do that position for us, the place he’s the anchor for our quiz present in the long run. It was like KBC, and he anchored it. I can’t inform you how implausible he was. He introduced a lot life to that a part of the movie. Shabanaji, Divya, Arya Babbar, Chintuji and myself have all labored collectively in lots of movies. We solely gossiped, shared kisse-kahaniyan of previous days.

Which is your favorite Rishi Kapoor movie?

With Chintuji, I don’t assume I’ve one favorite movie. I’ve many. ‘Bol Radha Bol’, ‘Luck By Probability’ are my very own movies starring him which I really like. ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ could be one other favorite. It’s such a candy story and he matches his position so fantastically. After I heard the script I may see him and listen to him on this position. It’s a candy, heart-warming movie. Aside from my movies, I actually preferred him in ‘Chandni’, ‘Henna’, ‘Prem Rog’ and all of the movies during which he performed Amitji’s youthful brother. Oh sure, one other favorite is our movie ‘Daraar’. There are such a lot of moments that keep in my thoughts with Chintuji. And naturally his tweets. He was a intelligent, witty, and sensible observer. Kahaan chale gaye Chintuji (The place have you ever gone, Chintuji).

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