Juhi Chawla, who is sharing screen space with veteran actress Shabana Azmi in her upcoming movie 'Chalk N Duster', said that she has learnt a lot working alongside Shabana Azmi.

"It was exciting for me. I worked with her for the first time and of course she's a very accomplished actress. I had heard about her; how she goes on a set and how she familiarises herself with the surroundings to utilize the place well along with her character. I secretly tried to learn something from her on the sets,"said Juhi Chawla to a leading daily.

"When the script had come to us, it seemed that the role was always meant for Shabanaji. In fact, you can't imagine anyone else in that role because she seems to fit in so beautifully," she added.

In the movie, Juhi Chawla and Shabana Azmi play teachers, who protest against the school management led by Divya Dutta for trying to turn an educational institution into a business institute.

"The film has been written passionately. If it's coming across that the film is only about teachers, then that's not true. It's a very interesting story and takes you with it. And incidentally, it's about your teachers, school and their lives but in an interesting manner. I'm excited with the whole film and it has been one of my most interesting experiences, Juhi Chawla.

"It's a whole way of treatment in itself; it's got all the elements you look for in an entertaining and engaging film. You'll laugh, you'll cry and our climax takes you to a real happy high," she added.

Directed by Jayant Gilatar, the movie also stars Girish Karnad, Richa Chadda, Zarina Wahab, Aarya Babbar, Jackie Shroff and Samir Soni.

The movie will release on January 15th.