Ahead of Rishi Kapoor's first death anniversary, Juhi Chawla has remembered the actor and working with him. The actors will be seen together in Sharmaji Namkeen, Rishi's final film.
"Chintuji had a unique way of speaking — it almost always sounded like he was shouting at you. He had a tough exterior and the heart of a softie. Once I got used to his ways, and I figured out that this is how he was, I started enjoying that about him."
She continued, "One day, he actually called me an insecure actor because I’d rush to see the monitor after every shot. His shots were fantastic, and I was worried if I was holding up well. In his typical style, he shouted at me and said, ‘That monitor is for the director. Not you… you insecure actor.’ It was so funny... I never questioned why he had such a tough exterior, but over the years, I started enjoying it because it was cute."
She further said, "The only time in my life that I heard him say, ‘I’m tired’, was when we started shooting for Sharmaji Namkeen. By the end of the day, he would say that. The news of his death left me devastated. It’s even more disheartening to speak about him in the past tense. I don’t like to think of him in the past, he’s still around, and I remember him very fondly as the man from whom I learned so much. We have not re-shot any of his portions, Pareshji (Paresh Rawal) was kind enough to help us complete the remaining scenes with his get-up. What I could not ignore on set is the fact that the actor had changed."