Juhi Chawla has acted in a dozen films with Rishi Kapoor, and was also featured in guest roles in some of her recent films such as Luck By Chance and Chalk N Duster. However, she missed an opportunity to work with him in ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ as the actor passed away before the film could hit the floor. A few days after the actor’s first death anniversary, Juhi reminisced some tales of working together …
What memories do you have when you think of working with Rishi Kapoor?
Chintuji used to get irritated when fans used to come to meet him to ask for autographs or photos and pushed his banged children in front of him and said, “Our child you have got sixty photos.” Was who Chintuji was. Was and did not wish to click a picture with him. Chintuji devised a way to drive him away. He starts speaking in English, using words that no one heard. Were and was not meant to be, non-stop for two minutes and that too with a straight face. The fan would be inconsolable upon seeing Chintuji. And after a two-minute person, he would ask that they understood the person that he was. The person, who was terrified by then, would agree and run away from the set. I would look at it and laugh, knowing that it was his trick to drive them away.
How was he on the set?
In those days, most of the shoots took place in Kamalistan or Chandivali studios. It takes a lot of time for the actresses to get ready, so I would arrive at the shooting spot early and get ready before Chintuji came on the set. He would be on time and do his makeup outside the makeup room. His makeup man Shashi Dada set a table under a tree and kept a small transistor while makeup was being done. In 20 minutes, he gets irritated, gets up, takes a sponge, rubs his makeup and rubs his hair and yells that he is ready for a shot. I would keep looking at him. He was really funny.
How different was it from Rad Bol Radha Bol to Ce Luck By Chance?
We re-worked in ‘Luck by Chance’ which was a brief role and we played a Punjabi duet. It was Zoya’s (director Zoya Akhtar) first film and the shoot went on till late in the night. But I knew that Chintuji had time to get up from the sets. I did not dare to tell them and knew that Chintuji would not stay back. But then I noticed that he was spending a good time on the set till late at night. What has happened to Main Kaha Chintuji (I thought what has happened to Chintuji).
How was she as a co-star?
Many times when Chintuji used to say to me, “I am a star since I was 16 years old.” What would anyone expect from me? “When you say he was a brat, he was just someone who was very unique and acceptable. But I would keep a respectable distance as my senior, which gradually eased after I established myself and had a lot of trust in myself. He was completely professional, always on time and always ready. I don’t remember that it takes more than two for any shot. He was a very skilled actor.
He also loved playing Scrabble …
We used to play Scrabble in between shots. I will do my best but that will make me collapse game after game. I will win a game out of 10 but I promise I will play a good match. I wasn’t dumb, but he was really good. Working with Chintuji means playing Scrabble. When I was going to work with him in ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’, I found a book called ‘101 When to Win Scrabble’, which I was going to cover to cover for him to read, but it didn’t happen. Could.
What do you think of his son Ranbir?
Chintuji was always comfortable and charming, but I told him that Ranbir is brilliant and better than him!
Any other stories you want to share?
He has another very good memory when we were shooting for the climax of ‘Chalk n Duster’. Shabnaji (Azmi) requested Chintuji to do this role for us, where he is finally the anchor for our quiz show. It was like KBC, and they anchored it. I can’t tell you how awesome he was. He put so much life into that part of the film. Shabnji, Divya, Arya Babbar, Chintuji and myself have worked together in many films. We only share gossip, kisse-stories of the old days.
What is your favorite Rishi Kapoor film?
With Chintuji, I don’t think I have a favorite movie. I have many. , Bol Radha Bol ‘, By Luck By Chance’ are my own films, which I like. ‘Sharmaji Namkeen’ will be another favorite. It is such a sweet story and she fits her role so beautifully. When I heard the script I could see it and hear him in this role. It is a sweet, touching film. Apart from his films, I really liked him in ‘Chandni’, ‘Mehendi’, ‘Prem Rog’ and all the movies in which he played Amitji’s younger brother. Oh yes, another favorite is our film ‘Darrar’. I have many such moments with Chintuji. And of course his tweets. He was a clever, witty and clever observer. Kahan chale chaile chintuji (where have you gone, chintooji).
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