Remember 90s actress Ayesha Jhulka? She has now made a comeback to acting after a long hiatus. As a return to screens, she will make a digital debut with Amazon Original series Hush Hush. While promoting her upcoming first web series Ayesha Jhulka remembered her friend Divya Bharti who died in 1993 at a young age.
The actress recalled catfights and equations with her co-star Divya Bharti. And how Divya persuaded Ayesha to feature in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Waqt Hamara Hai. She was numbed learning the news of Bharti’s death and couldn’t dub for Rang in which the duo featured together. Divya died in 1993 after she fell from her Mumbai home’s balcony.
In an interview with Times of India, Ayesha said, “I think it was hyped beyond the obvious. Maybe we were also childish, and sometimes there would be small little things. There wouldn’t be cat fights, but there would be complaints to the director or the producer. I really think it was blown out of proportion. I was very fond of Divya Bharti, and so was she. She used to say ‘I’m in love with you’. We were neighbours and would connect often. We did a film where we played sisters, it was called Rang. We were very close, though we wouldn’t meet that often, but there was a connection. I did Waqt Hamara Hai with Sajid (Nadiadwala), and she would come to the set and say, ‘Ayesha has to do this film’.”
Ayesha Jhulka further added, “Why don’t people talk about Divya Bharti, who went out of her way and let me do Waqt Hamara Hai. She used to come on my set in Mahabaleshwar. She would come and give me her bindi to wear. She would buy the same pair of shoes for me that she’d got for herself. These are things people don’t know about and these are such beautiful friendships. When we were shooting for Rang, we had such lovely chemistry. I was one of the first few who got that news of her passing and I was numbed. I just couldn’t function. When I was dubbing for Rang, after a really long period, I just couldn’t dub. I was just crying and the dubbing was cancelled, almost three times, because I just wasn’t able to dub.”
Talking about Ayesha’s upcoming series Hush Hush, it is a murder mystery series that traces the lives of four very rich ladies, caught up in a murder plot. The seven episodic series stars Soha Ali Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Juhi Chawla, and Kritika Kamra. It will stream on Amazon Prime Video from 22 September 2022.