"I thank god that I was there (at the peak of my career). I think there's too much pressure now," Juhi said. (Agencies)
"There are so many newcomers...Earlier once you made a mark, at least you had a chance of getting ahead. I think today you really have to stand your ground to be able to sustain, said the actress.
"There is so much noise around like size zero, public relations, marketing...I hope these girls are also enjoying themselves," she added.
The 46-year-old actress believes a lot has changed about the heroine in Bollywood.
"I think the line between the heroine and item girls is blurred now. I liked my heroine to be the way she was...sweet or at least she used to blush sometimes. Now there is nothing! They are so open about everything. I am happy now I have enjoyed myself and now I see all this drama happening around," she said.
She is candid about the fact that it had pained her to give up her position to the new generation after a point in time.
"At one point I felt that pinch. I was hurt. It was like somebody had walked into my shoes but beyond a point I had started to accept it. (Now) It's like how embarrassing...I can't do those roles again. I have crossed that (phase)," she said.
Juhi was also insecure about competition during her time.
"I was a little foolish, young and insecure. I was being compared to Madhuri (Dixit), Manisha (Koirala) and Karisma (Kapoor). That used to keep happening, and even though you try to shut it out from your mind, somewhere you get affected, she added.
Juhi stars alongside her once-rival Madhuri in forthcoming film "Gulaab Gang".
"In this film, I am not competing with her. I am completing the film with her,” she said.
"Madhuri is playing the hero in the film but if you take my character out of the film then nothing is left in it," said the versatile actress, who plays a negative role in this movie, which hits theatres on March 7.
"I thank god that I was there (at the peak of my career). I think there's too much pressure now," Juhi said.