Pooja says that she could relate to Chutki in many ways. “Her wit, humour and way of looking at things… I was like that in real life as well. In fact, no character has been as close to me as Chutki. Her really bad people skills and terrible sense of timing when it came to giving advice made her more human – it’s a typical trait of teenagers. At home, my family used to call me ‘dadi maa’ when I was a kid, and I was the only child till I turned six. I would talk like adults, because I hung out with them. Chutki, too, had all these traits. She was an extension of me in many ways,” she shares.
Ask her how it feels to be remembered as Chutki to date, and she replies, “Most fans were amazing, but at times, it would get annoying. People calling me Chutki beta and mistaking it for my real name… when I would walk on the beach, people would yell, ‘Chutki pan masala’, as the commercial of a pan masala with the same name was launched around that time. Some people would even pull my cheeks. But now, when I look back, I feel humbled by the sheer magnitude of people who have watched the film. Even now, I meet children who know about the film. When I point out that they weren’t born when it was released, they tell me that they have watched it courtesy their parents. So, it’s like a legacy that has been passed on from generation to generation. The film is a bridge between generations”
Pooja last met the cast of the movie around five years ago. “I met everyone on the set of Kapil Sharma’s show during ‘DDLJ’’s 20th anniversary celebration. It was wonderful, but Amrishji’s (Amrish Puri) presence was really missed,” she signs off.