Juhi Chawla turns 50, shares fond memories, plans for milestone birthday – As the Bollywood star turns 50, we talk to her about her plans for the milestone day, childhood and relationship with co-stars.
The first thing you notice about Juhi Chawla is her beautiful smile. The actress who stepped into Bollywood with Sultanate (1986) became the heartthrob that she is with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. After marrying industrialist Jai Mehta in 1998, she took a break from movies. The couple have a daughter (Jhanvi) and son (Arjun), who are studying abroad. On her 50th birthday, which falls on November 13, we caught up with this 90s icon.
On turning 50
I don’t like to celebrate my birthday with parties. Like last year, I will wake up in the morning and cook lots of delicious food and offer the food to the less fortunate on the streets. After I come back home, I would love to sit down and watch some of the songs and scenes from my old movies, which are shown on the many TV channels. I will also switch on the radio and hear songs from my old films. Not that I turn nostalgic, but I recollect those wonderful moments that I cherish. These are memorable moments of my life which are unforgetful and this D-day reminds me of all those.
About birthdays in childhood
We would have small parties with friends at home. We would hang streamers and fill the balloons with air. As soon as we’d hang the balloons on the wall, my brother (the late Sanjeev Chawla) would burst them and I would start crying. When I was small, when the door bell rang on my birthday, I would run to open the door and first look at the wrapped gift and ponder if it was a book or something else. I preferred dolls as gifts. I didn’t like books.
Gifts from husband Jai Mehta and kids
My children did give me lovely cards on my birthday when they were small. But now they have no time for all that (laughs). But this time I have made a pact with my family. I told my husband and children that every year we will visit one temple. So this year as my birthday gift all four of us will visit the Golden Temple. My Bollywood friends wish me on Twitter and send flowers!
God has bestowed upon me so many wonderful things in life. I have become a board member in my husband’s company. We have an all girls’ school in Porbandar, where nearly 2,000 girls begin their day by doing Havana and end their day with Havana.
Relationship with Aamir and Shahrukh
Aamir and Shahrukh played a lot of pranks with me on the sets of our films. We have had our share of fights, reconciliations and fun times. Those will remain as undying memories for all of us.