Juhi Chawla: “I think more from heart. My brains don’t work as much”

Juhi Chawla in real life is just the way she is on screen. As she says, “I think more from my heart. My brains don’t work as much.” After facing setbacks in life like losing her mother to an accident, her father to illness and not still having come to terms with her brother Bobby Chawla’s coma, she has become more of a thinker and has become quiet now.

When asked who was her emotional anchor at that time, she said, “My emotional anchor was my mom. But I lost her in a car accident a year after my marriage. A few years later, my dad became sick and I lost him too. My brother Bobby is eight years older than me. As kids, he and I would fight like cats and dogs. He would often push me and I would go flying and would hate him for it. He initially moved to Delhi to work, but then returned to Mumbai to build a career and we lost our mother. After losing her, my brother became my anchor and I thought he would be there with me through thick and thin, but he has been in coma for a few years now. My husband Jai is today my anchor in every way and I am most attached to my children, Jai and my in-laws. What Jai cannot solve for me, I leave it to time to sort itself. I was broken when I lost my mum and then again when my brother fell ill. I became spiritual. I questioned many things and am still questioning. Sometimes I feel scared that there is no one sitting up there. Of course, I also hold on more to my family and value them even more now.

When asked if in Gulaab Gang, she was comfortable playing a villain given that she has always been loved for her innocent, sweet onscreen image.. She said, “First I was appalled and wondered why they wanted me to play a villain. But then I realised that I don’t have to become Prem Chopra or Gulshan Grover. I have to just be me with a little play with it and it will happen.

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