Juhi Chawla was on a vacation with her family in Austria when the lockdown was announced in the country. She was desperate to return and said that the Indian High Commission was of great help in getting them back.
In an interview Juhi said, “Austria partially closed off its borders soon after we left. Ditto Switzerland. So we returned to our London home where my in-laws joined us.” By this time India also announced a lockdown. Juhi further said, “So, we decided to fly back. Apna ghar, apna ghar hota hai aur apna desh, apna desh hota hai.” Juhi didn’t want to be anywhere else but home in such a troubled time. She said, “We approached the High Commission of India and they helped us reach Mumbai safely. All the racing and the dodging made it seem like we were shooting for a thriller.”
Juhi had to face more challenges when she came back. She realised that half of her helping staff, who comes from outside, wouldn’t be available now. “So, we re-organised everything and shut off some rooms for better management of the rest. Thankfully, I have people in the kitchen, otherwise it would have been a disaster. We are functioning with skeletal staff and one in-house driver,” she said.
Juhi is here in India with her son Arjun and husband Jay Mehta, while their daughter Jhanvi is in Uganda with her grandparents.