Juhi Chawla was one of the most popular actresses of the 90s. She is known for her versatility, elegance, and superb acting skills, which have earned her a special place in the hearts of the audience. Although she has worked with many stars, she once refused to work with Manoj Bajpayee.
Bajpayee is a highly acclaimed Indian actor known for his exceptional performances in mainstream and independent cinema. Back in 2016, the National award winning actor was the first choice for the role of quizmaster in Chalk N Duster.
Manoj Bajpayee, who eagerly arrived on the set for the first day of shooting, was unexpectedly fired, thanks to Juhi Chawla. On learning that Manoj was cast as the quiz, Juhi expressed her dismay and reportedly threw a tantrum, demanding that someone else be replaced, according to a report by SpotboyE.
A source told the publication at the time, “Juhi said he looks too poor to play the role of quizmaster. She felt they should get a sophisticated actress for the part.”
Director Jayant Gilatar tried to convince her to reconsider the situation, but the actress stood firm. The director and producer ultimately needed no other choice. Manoj was quickly replaced, and the role went to the considered ‘more sophisticated’ Rishi Kapoor.
Manoj Bajpayee had not commented on the matter at that time. As for Juhi Chawla, she seems to have ignored her past days working with Manoj when she played the female lead opposite her in Swami.
It is worth mentioning that Chalk n Duster tackles the commercialization of the Indian private education system. The 2016 film explores the dynamics of communication between teachers and students, illustrating the challenges educators and learners face in a rapidly changing educational landscape.
Upon its release, the film received mixed reviews from critics. However, it got tax free status in Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
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