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Juhi Chawla to make Gujarati debut by featuring in Priyanka's 'Ventilator'

Early this year, it was announced that veteran actor Jackie Shroff will be making his Gujarati debut with the adaptation of Rajesh Mapuskar’s Marathi comedy-drama Ventilator, which had bagged three National Awards. Helmed by debutant director Umang Vyas, the adaptation is written by acclaimed scriptwriter Niren Bhatt, who has previously written the National Award-winning thriller-drama Wrong Side Raju, Umesh Shukla’s All Is Well and the Salman Khan-produced Loveratri, that features his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma. The talented Karan Vyas has co-written the script which also features Gujarati actor Pratik Gandhi in a pivotal role.  

Shroff had begun shooting for his Gujarati debut film, on March 23, 2018, and it was recently revealed that the original Ventilator director Mapuskar will be making a special appearance in the film. However, the surprises don’t end there as the makers have now roped in the supremely talented and Shroff’s long-time co-star.Juhi Chawla to do a cameo as a doctor in the film. The duo has worked together in more than half a dozen films including Aaina, Gang, One 2 Ka 4 and the last being Nagesh Kukunoor’s 2003 crime film 3 Deewarein. They have now reunited on the big screen after 15 years.

“I have done films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali and Punjabi and wanted to work in Marathi and Gujarati film too, so when Jaggu dada told me that the makers were considering me for this part I was super excited to be a part of it. I am happy that I can now say that I have also done one Gujarati film,” informed Juhi, who shot for her part in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

Her lines in the much-awaited film are a mix of Hindi and Gujarati. “My best friend when I was four was a Gujarati, and I am even married to one (Jay Mehta, husband), so I am familiar with the language though I don’t speak much of it as I feel shy,” laughed Juhi, who is all praise for the original film. “It’s a delightful movie, sometimes touching, sometimes serious but mostly funny. I am really excited to be a part of  it,” she said, adding that she was super excited to work with Shroff again. “While we haven’t shot for a film in a long-time we have been in touch on and off as we keep meeting each other at events and shows. It’s always a pleasure to work with Jaggu dada,” Juhi smiled. 

After making a mark in Bollywood and winning two national awards for its first movie Irada, Irada Entertainment is now gearing up to make an impact in the Gujarati cinema with the adaptation of Ventilator featuring the versatile Jackie Shroff in the lead.

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