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
January 11, 2013 4:54 pm
The day the education system and the Military rule changes in Pakistan.....your dream will come true....until then its Eye for an Eye
January 11, 2013 9:47 am
rofl !
Secular no more
January 11, 2013 4:55 pm
True....why is it worthy...who wants peace right ???
Md Imran
January 10, 2013 4:48 pm
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.
January 11, 2013 3:23 am
it is chokolate cake
January 10, 2013 8:51 pm
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.
January 11, 2013 5:09 pm
because all we hear normally is about bombing, kidnapping, forcible conversions, hate between India and Pakistan. So, this becomes newsworthy.
January 11, 2013 9:50 am
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 !!
January 11, 2013 9:57 am
My not so friendly neighbor ! Please do not drag us in this crap! Its not at all common here !!! Read more news !!
January 11, 2013 9:59 am
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 !!
January 11, 2013 9:35 am
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
January 11, 2013 5:01 pm
Agree...we only want Taliban,LET,ISI and lots of blood...guys its Pakistan....right brother ??
January 11, 2013 8:48 am
Because they are ignorant.
January 11, 2013 1:35 am
Please ignore the negative comments. Some people are incapable of being positive.
Ahmed Jumma
January 11, 2013 6:35 am
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.
January 11, 2013 6:21 am
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
January 10, 2013 10:51 pm
Juhi, we are glad that you had a pleasant trip and hope that you will visit again. Thanks.
January 10, 2013 10:51 pm
I am sure that a large number of Indians have Pakistani relatives and vice versa.
January 11, 2013 4:40 am
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.
January 11, 2013 4:41 am
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
January 10, 2013 11:22 pm
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
January 10, 2013 1:14 pm
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 call..by default.
Mudassir Hussain
January 10, 2013 1:15 pm
Not completely shocked to find few unnecessarily negative comments!!
January 10, 2013 1:16 pm
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.
January 10, 2013 1:01 pm
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
January 10, 2013 12:46 pm
You are a spoil sport. Eh..Can't see people happy and friendly.
m.iqbal ( canada)
January 10, 2013 8:24 pm
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.
January 10, 2013 8:35 pm
Always remember, our grand parents were sons and daughters of the same soil.
January 10, 2013 4:30 pm
Please stay back there, we don't need you or your movies.
January 10, 2013 6:03 am
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.
January 10, 2013 6:17 am
Juhi, Lahore loves you too, why not coming to Lahore in near future.
January 11, 2013 5:01 am
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
January 10, 2013 6:32 am
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.
January 10, 2013 7:14 am
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.
January 10, 2013 9:46 pm
Why is this newsworthy??
January 10, 2013 9:12 pm
Take it easy. She is not a politician. So she can be excused for making a politicaly incorrect statement.
January 10, 2013 8:28 am
Rawalpindi loves you too, please visit Rawalpindi in mear future.
Deb; India
January 10, 2013 9:17 pm
Agree 100% with you. The best thing is to ignore such people. They only crave for attention.
January 11, 2013 4:44 am
Her Uncle is Satish Anand....a film producer.
January 10, 2013 5:15 pm
Wow! Juhi has Pakistani relatives??!?!?!!?
January 10, 2013 5:16 pm
Really? I did not know that!!!
January 11, 2013 12:36 pm
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
January 10, 2013 7:47 pm
so you are telling me that there is no kidnapping in india..........hmmmmm.....very interesting point.............
January 10, 2013 7:46 pm
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......
January 10, 2013 1:56 pm
My friend kidnapping for ransom is very common in India and Pakistan.
Abdul Wahab-Pakistan
January 10, 2013 2:05 pm
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.
January 10, 2013 4:54 pm
I might be more conducive when our "neighbours" stop interfering with our internal affairs.
Avishek Roy
January 10, 2013 6:57 pm
Absolutely right Kazim bhai...
Lakhkar Khan
January 10, 2013 2:46 pm
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.
January 10, 2013 6:17 pm
"“We had an armed security at all times that we left the house. Important people have them there.” she posted." What a show-off, LOL. Nevertheless, welcome to Pakistan Juhi, and I hope that your stay was very pleasant. I hope you make a visit back soon.
January 10, 2013 3:26 pm
We love you too.
January 10, 2013 3:53 pm
If I go to Pakistan, who will provide me a gunman for my security.
Lakhkar Khan
January 10, 2013 4:06 pm
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’t have to remind us how crappy things in Pakistan are these days. I can also understand if you visit Dawn to post comments like this to feel better about your country. If that is what you are doing than I have news for you, things in India are not that great either. You have massive violence problem against minorities and women. Your country maybe enjoying some financial growth but poverty is there to stay. According to BBC and Times of India, 8 Indian states have more poor than 26 poorest African nations. Look it up in case you are under an illusion. No matter how unsafe Pakistan is, a woman like Juhi will never get raped on a public bus (which will lead later on to tragic death) by 4 men while the rest of bus, full of passengers, watch and do NOTHING. So much for being safe. Why someone did not defended that poor girl? I guess that only happens in Bollywood. I personally don’t watch Bollywood movies. I think they are all made the same way by barrowing stories from Hollywood, music from neighboring countries including the Middle East and dance in the same format. Dance is almost always copied form American pop style artists like Madonna and Brittany Spears, 200 people dancing in sync with hero and heroine. It is pleasant to see a few songs like that but common. Every movie does not have to have all dancing like that.
Muhammad Farooq
January 10, 2013 4:08 pm
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.
January 11, 2013 8:42 pm
juhi went to pak ,good man,saluate to courage shown, her uncle was kidnapped by huji .Is it real.
January 12, 2013 12:12 am
Juhi is a Punjabi.Chawla a Punjabi Khatri name. Being Punjabi she is not barred to visit Sindh.
January 12, 2013 5:30 am
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.
January 12, 2013 8:36 am
She must be comparing Mumbai with Western cities....definitely not Karachi or Lahore.
January 12, 2013 9:03 am
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.
January 12, 2013 9:57 am
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.
January 12, 2013 10:13 am
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
January 12, 2013 11:18 am
January 12, 2013 12:38 pm
Yes u r right..
January 12, 2013 6:33 pm
the rich have a good life everywhere i suppose
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