Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga… Jaise There is More to Juhi Chawla Beyond Her Giggles

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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga… Jaise There is More to Juhi Chawla Beyond Her Giggles

Illustration: Akshita Monga

 

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here is a scene in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga where Juhi Chawla, as the “mind-shattering” Chatroji, admits to Anil Kapoor that she is divorced, because after 22 years of making others happy, she now wants to do the same for herself. Until moments before this dialogue, Chawla is loud and hilarious and everything one expects from a Punjabi aunty in a Bollywood movie. For all intents and purposes, her backstory seems like a mandatory two-minute tear-jerker meant for side characters.

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