Juhi Chawla and Sridevi were one of the few yesteryear icons who enjoyed immense fan following and popularity. Sridevi was already a rage in Bollywood when Juhi entered with 1986 release Sultanat. There was so much common between these leading ladies that they even named their daughters Janhvi. From being Yash Chopra’s muse individually to Bollywood’s most cherished actresses, Juhi and Sridevi were always cordial and shared mutual admiration for each other.
The Gulaab Gang actress was shattered and saddened after Sridevi’s sudden demise and had no words to express her grief. In one of Sridevi’s earlier interviews, the actress had revealed that she was offered Juhi’s role in Darr but she rejected it. She was interested in essaying the role of Shah Rukh Khan in the same movie as there was nothing new to offer in Juhi’s character. Little did she know that few years down the line, Juhi would end up rejecting a role in one of her popular movies. Yes, Juhi Chawla did reject a role in one of Sridevi’s multi-starrer and the reason is best known to her. The movie in question here is 1997 release, Judaai.
The Sridevi, Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar-starrer was a huge hit and we would like to know if Juhi regrets her decision of not signing it. The actress was recently a guest on Neha Dhupia’s talk show, BFFs with Vogue and she graced it with Bollywood actor, Jackie Shroff. When Neha asked her to name a movie she regrets not signing, Juhi surprisingly had many names to reveal.
The movies that were originally offered to the Darr actress were Judaai, Dil To Pagal Hai, Biwi No 1 and even Raja Hindustani. Now all of these were huge hits at the box office and they all had pivotal roles for the actresses. In fact, it won’t be wrong to say that the actresses played an important role than the actors in these movies. We wonder what made Juhi decline the role in such movies with strong subjects and characters. Now we don’t know if Juhi was offered the role of Sridevi or Urmila Matondkar in Judaai, but we guess it was the latter one.
Judaai was also the last film that Sridevi did before her sabbatical. From 1997 till 2012, the actress was busy with her daughters, relishing all their precious moments. Sridevi then made her comeback in Bollywood with a bang in Gauri Shinde’s directorial, English Vinglish.