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Juhi Chawla enjoys stay in Pakistan


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Juhi Chawla.–Photo by AFP

Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla was skeptical about visiting Pakistan to meet her relatives, but upon her return she says she has had a pleasant and memorable trip.

"Back in Mumbai from Karachi. To be honest, I was wary of going to Pakistan, but it turned out a nice memorable trip," Chawla tweeted.

Of her experience, she added: "Two worlds co-exist in Karachi. A normal city with traffic, bustling markets and malls. And quite another on the outskirts. It was a private, short and pleasant stay. Loved being with my cousins and nieces."

According to a report in TOI, the actress along with her husband Jai Mehta went to Karachi to attend a family wedding. She says they walked around with a security man.

"We had an armed security at all times that we left the house. Important people have them there." she posted.

Chawla says several people across the border were happy to see her - a mark that Bollywood is indeed popular there.

"Pakistani people enjoy Hindi movies. They've watched them all, and were so pleasantly surprised and happy to see me there. As I said my goodbyes, the cook says 'Salman (Khan) bhai ko mera salaam kehna (Give my regards to Salman bhai)'. The helper says, 'Please bring Shah Rukh Khan here', the maid enquires, 'Will you be meeting Aamir (Khan)?' I couldn't help but laugh. They were so sweet,"she wrote.

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Secular no more Jan 11, 2013 04:54pm
The day the education system and the Military rule changes in Pakistan.....your dream will come true....until then its Eye for an Eye
Devil Jan 11, 2013 09:47am
rofl !
Secular no more Jan 11, 2013 04:55pm
True....why is it worthy...who wants peace right ???
Md Imran Jan 10, 2013 04:48pm
She is right. There are 2 Pakistans : 1. For the elites like her who never have to step out of their air-conditioned surroundings or without their security detail. 2. For the rest of us who have to bear killings,kidnappings, inflation,unemployment,corruption and apathy of government.
altaf Jan 11, 2013 03:23am
it is chokolate cake
Sami Jan 10, 2013 08:51pm
Priyanka Chopra said that Mumbai is not safe or females. In fact whole india isnt :D Big celebrities get molested in Public. that's your shining india.
Razia Jan 11, 2013 05:09pm
because all we hear normally is about bombing, kidnapping, forcible conversions, hate between India and Pakistan. So, this becomes newsworthy.
Devil Jan 11, 2013 09:50am
We do not need any goodwill !! All we need is a long and ever lasting detachment !! You close your borders for us and we close ours for you !! No Aman ki Asha !! and no cricket ties !! At max, just the business, if that suits else it can also be stopped !!
Devil Jan 11, 2013 09:57am
My not so friendly neighbor ! Please do not drag us in this crap! Its not at all common here !!! Read more news !!
Devil Jan 11, 2013 09:59am
Yes, hard to believe for the people like you who have seen these things day in and day out !! I have full sympathy with you !!
Devil Jan 11, 2013 09:35am
Yes, they like us so much that they behead our soldiers and take it back as a trophy to play football !! Stop Dreaming ! We both HATE each other !!
Secular no more Jan 11, 2013 05:01pm
Agree...we only want Taliban,LET,ISI and lots of blood...guys its Pakistan....right brother ??
Chanakya Jan 11, 2013 08:48am
Because they are ignorant.
Mukesh Jan 11, 2013 01:35am
Please ignore the negative comments. Some people are incapable of being positive.
Ahmed Jumma Jan 11, 2013 06:35am
Juhi Chawla is one of the beautiful and well-mannered actress, equally liked by Pakistani people. The film actors are actually the best ambassadors of their country who portrait the image of culture and society. Taking the opportunity, I invite Ms. Juhi to study Islam and your own holy book, to find out similarity between two religions. If you will start preaching amongst women the society will become very colorful because you are very soft spoken and attractive personality praised in this continent.
bharat Jan 11, 2013 06:21am
I would be more than happy to visit the beautiful nation of Pakistan,Pakistan has many things to offer . The security situation has to be brought under control to facilitate tourism and trade. Moreover, most Pakistanis like Indians
BNS Jan 10, 2013 10:51pm
Juhi, we are glad that you had a pleasant trip and hope that you will visit again. Thanks.
Kalyan Jan 10, 2013 10:51pm
I am sure that a large number of Indians have Pakistani relatives and vice versa.
Kiran Jan 11, 2013 04:40am
well happy to know that you came Karachi and enjoyed lot. Every one enjoys to come in Pakistan cuz Pakistani are loving as yew observed here.
Chanakya Jan 11, 2013 04:41am
My elder brother, a good number of close friends visited Pakistan , and back home we were told even small shop keeper, tea stall owners, even rickshaw pullers would refuse to charge ant thing , citing you're our beloved guests, they would open their hearts and homes for the strangers form the other side of the dividing lines,. Lands can be divided but the love, good feelings they invisible and run very deep. Here in the US, I experience the same thing time to time. We live here as Desis , not Indians or Pakistanis or Bengaladeshis
Raj Jan 10, 2013 11:22pm
Hey guys now I am a citizen of Australia & do have OCI (Overseas citizen of India). Love to travel Pakistan esp..Lahore..know for food. I have been to many Pakistan restaurants in Australia & most of them are very good. As of now I am not aware of any visa restrictions. Any suggestions?
Mudassir Hussain Jan 10, 2013 01:14pm
We could have come up with something positive as Juhi's visit was welcomed with open heart not in Karachi but on this forum as well. But this negativity seems something from inside as we usually default.
Mudassir Hussain Jan 10, 2013 01:15pm
Not completely shocked to find few unnecessarily negative comments!!
Afaq Jan 10, 2013 01:16pm
it is media who made thing exaggeration as it happen any where. -40% what they say please come and see this lovely country and people.
kazim Jan 10, 2013 01:01pm
A very nice and pleasant thing to see after quite a long time. I hope both our countries can co-exist and realize we are not each other's enemies and it is in the favor of a 3rd party for us to fight.
Deb; India Jan 10, 2013 12:46pm
You are a spoil sport. Eh..Can't see people happy and friendly.
m.iqbal ( canada) Jan 10, 2013 08:24pm
i dont know why my fellow indian brothers and sisters are jealous of any positive news coming out of pakistan. why some people post only negative comments and cant be happy for others? i wonder.
FooBar Jan 10, 2013 08:35pm
Always remember, our grand parents were sons and daughters of the same soil.
Khurram Jan 10, 2013 04:30pm
Please stay back there, we don't need you or your movies.
Rao Jan 10, 2013 06:03am
Experiences of high profile people and common people will be different.....because of the strata of people they move with... Her uncle in Pakistan was kidnapped and released after paying ransom.
MC Jan 10, 2013 06:17am
Juhi, Lahore loves you too, why not coming to Lahore in near future.
Balwanjee Jan 11, 2013 05:01am
I believe that Juhi is a Sindhi descendent. She is not the only one; there are many artists from Sindh significantly contributed to the bollywood film industry. Here are a few names that were famous in the past, Parkash, Gope Kirpalani, CH Atma, Budhoo Advani, Bullo C. Rani, Sheela Ramani, Shaikh Mukhtar, and Sadhna. We are proud of them and Juhi you too. I am sure you will be very happy to visit the homeland of your grand parents.
janan ,NC USA Jan 10, 2013 06:32am
Juhi ,, next time to Peshawar,, you need to see the entire country,oh gosh its a wonderful country full of love and joy ,andddddd good food.
anil Jan 10, 2013 07:14am
First make ur domestic situation conducive for their visit...You sud think why these actors are safe here (to whom many people call minority , though it's not) , and why they don't feel safe there.
Ali Jan 10, 2013 09:46pm
Why is this newsworthy??
Cynical Jan 10, 2013 09:12pm
Take it easy. She is not a politician. So she can be excused for making a politicaly incorrect statement.
Gilzai Jan 10, 2013 08:28am
Rawalpindi loves you too, please visit Rawalpindi in mear future.
Deb; India Jan 10, 2013 09:17pm
Agree 100% with you. The best thing is to ignore such people. They only crave for attention.
Rao Jan 11, 2013 04:44am
Her Uncle is Satish Anand....a film producer.
ROHIT PANDEY Jan 10, 2013 05:15pm
Wow! Juhi has Pakistani relatives??!?!?!!?
ROHIT PANDEY Jan 10, 2013 05:16pm
Really? I did not know that!!!
innohunter Jan 11, 2013 12:36pm
I wont say like but they don't have enmity like some of the indians have for pakistan. Our hate for india is dwarfed compared to what indians are fed with
Asif Jan 10, 2013 07:47pm
so you are telling me that there is no kidnapping in india..........hmmmmm.....very interesting point.............
Asif Jan 10, 2013 07:46pm
Anil you must be forgetting the atrocities committed by Hindus against minorities and you call your country a safe heaven for minorities, you must be joking right?. woo, it is what you call hypocrisy......
Dildar Jan 10, 2013 01:56pm
My friend kidnapping for ransom is very common in India and Pakistan.
Abdul Wahab-Pakistan Jan 10, 2013 02:05pm
Juhi you will be loved by every Pakistani wherever you go. Any Bollywood actor or actress is more than welcome in any part of Pakistan. You are watched and liked in Pakistan more than in India. For that, you will have to stay in Pakistan a bit longer. Bet me if life doesn't come to a standstill if there is a concert organized in Karachi having the great Lata Mangeshkar as the main singer. We have been loving Amitabh, Anil Kapoor, Madhoori, Juhi Chawla, etc. etc. more than Indians for ages. Its only few among us who have tarnished our image and we are fighting out against them.
Fonzarelli Jan 10, 2013 04:54pm
I might be more conducive when our "neighbours" stop interfering with our internal affairs.
Avishek Roy Jan 10, 2013 06:57pm
Absolutely right Kazim bhai...
Lakhkar Khan Jan 10, 2013 02:46pm
Rao, I guess you don't like Pakistanis getting along with Indians. It is a happy story. Let the people enjoy what bring both nations together. It is people like you on both sides making it difficult to get along.
Anony Jan 10, 2013 06:17pm
sadaat. Jan 10, 2013 03:26pm
We love you too.
stuti Jan 10, 2013 03:53pm
If I go to Pakistan, who will provide me a gunman for my security.
Lakhkar Khan Jan 10, 2013 04:06pm
Anil, Pakistanis know they have radical issue and they are trying to figure out how to resolve it. They will be eventually resolved. You don
Muhammad Farooq Jan 10, 2013 04:08pm
Thank you Ms Juhi Chawla for visiting Pakistan. By the way, Karachi is city of my birth - once called the city of the lights. I am not sure if you have been to Burns Road - famous for desi dinning (most foods are named after the names of Indian cities) Such visits are nice and promote goodwill among the people of two countries - goodwill that we badly need in these trying times.
arya Jan 11, 2013 08:42pm
juhi went to pak ,good man,saluate to courage shown, her uncle was kidnapped by huji .Is it real.
Chanakya Jan 12, 2013 12:12am
Juhi is a Punjabi.Chawla a Punjabi Khatri name. Being Punjabi she is not barred to visit Sindh.
alok Jan 12, 2013 05:30am
Everyone wants peace... there was a time when India Pakistan were one body and people lived happily... things have changed because of poor politics.. else people are same.
Rao Jan 12, 2013 08:36am
She must be comparing Mumbai with Western cities....definitely not Karachi or Lahore.
Shruti Jan 12, 2013 09:03am
Nobody is jealous!! I didn't read any remark which reflected jealousy! I am glad about this news. I wish people of the two countries became friendly towards each other.
Tony Jan 12, 2013 09:57am
This is not true. We are never taught to hate pakistan unlike in pakistan where India is shown as an enemy in books and also within madrassas in your teachings to brainwash young minds,. Hatred among Indians stem from the actions of pakistan and when those actions change to be more mature and responsible, then these hatred are short lived as this came as a reaction and not taught or brainwashed by anyone.
naren Jan 12, 2013 10:13am
Why do you want to bring Islam or any other religion in to this. Let her follow her own way of life. No need to preach anybody, only educate your self with respect to humanity. Hope it fits in your religion. Mullah, Pandit, Padri ( Christian Priest) can make the religion poisonous, but only humanity can be the best antidote for it.
Chadrashekhar Giri Giri Jan 12, 2013 11:18am
Anup Jan 12, 2013 12:38pm
Yes u r right..
Basu Jan 12, 2013 06:33pm
the rich have a good life everywhere i suppose