Taxi drivers in Mumbai shooed Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla away: 'They questioned me, who is he?'
Juhi Chawla had a lot of stories to tell when she appeared on The Kapil Sharma Show. Along with Madhoo and Ayesha Jhulka, the actress took to the stage of the comedy program. Juhi recounted the time she and Aamir Khan were chased away by Mumbai cab drivers while discussing the movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), which put her and Aamir Khan on the map.
Taxis in Mumbai at the time would be plastered with fresh film posters. "I recall when our film was scheduled to be released. Nobody knew who we were. Remember how prevalent it was for cabs to carry movie posters at the time? Because there was a big queue of taxis outside our building, I went from driver to driver asking them to put up the posters,” Juhi explained.
However, not all taxi drivers were willing to accommodate a large group of immigrants. "They'd question, 'Who is he?' and I'd tell them he's Aamir Khan, the hero." 'Who's she?' they'd question, pointing to my image on the billboard, to which I'd respond, 'This is me.' 'No, no,' they would say, shooing us away. "However, some people responded positively, allowing us to hang the posters," she stated.
Aamir's throwback video from earlier this year, in which he was seen placing QSQT posters on cars, went viral. "Zutshi, Mansoor, and Nuzhat, his sister, we'd all get in our cars, get on the road, and stop cabs and autos." 'Stick these, our film is coming out shortly,' we'd tell them. Some people would accept it, while others would not. They'd inquire as to which film we're talking about. Who's there? What is Aamir Khan's background? I'd introduce myself as Aamir Khan. "We tried all we could to get the word out about our film," he added in the video.
Juhi and Aamir would wait outside theatres after the film was out to watch how the crowd reacted to it. "It wasn't as it is now when daily collection data are made public within a day. We'd stand outside movie theatres to see whether anyone was going in to see the film. And we gradually discovered that people enjoy our film," she explained.
"Should I tell you the truth?" Juhi replied when asked how she felt when Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak became a success. I couldn't figure out what had happened for a long time."