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Madhuri Dixit Interview: “I wish we had vanity vans in the 1990’s”

Bollywood’s Dhak-Dhak girl Madhuri Dixit will be back on the big screen after 4 years. She was last seen in Bollywood film Gulaab Gang alongside actress Juhi Chawla. Madhuri is making her Marathi debut this year with her forthcoming film Bucket List. The film features Madhuri in the lead along with actors Sumeet Raghavan and Renuka Shahane. Directed by filmmaker Tejas Prabha Vijay Deoskar, Bucket List will release on the 25th of May 2018.

In an interview with Cinespeaks, Madhuri Dixit speaks about the film.

Q: Tell us something about your character in the film Bucket List?
Madhuri:
Bucket List is a simple story of a housewife (Madhura Sane) who is fully equipped with her family and is busy taking care of everyone around her. Through the course of her daily life, she comes across a sudden situation and this is where the Bucket List comes into play. She then goes through a phase of self discovery and self realisation while trying to complete her bucket list. She enjoys the phase and how she changes is the rest of the story. So, it is a film which many women will easily relate to.

Q: Has your family watched the film?
Madhuri: No! We are waiting for the final cut. We are waiting for the music and several other things to get done.

Q: Tell us something about your Bucket List?
Madhuri: I am very happy that I have ticked off a few things from my Bucket List. I always wanted to act in a Marathi movie and that is fulfilled now with this film. I am producing a Marathi movie which will release soon. I also wanted to sing and have made an album which will also be out very soon. So, I am happy to have done these things.

Q: Do you think today’s actresses enjoy the kind of super stardom which you had in the 1990’s? How different is it to work in today’s times than the 1990’s?
Madhuri:
The process of filmmaking has changed and everything is extremely organised and streamlined today. We rarely had vanity vans which is a blessing today. We used to have ambassador cars. The scenario of 1990’s was totally different than how it is today. We used to sign multiple films because some would get made and some would get dropped. We used to work in double shifts and didn’t found any opportunities to go on vacations and holidays. But, today it is totally different. Everything is planned and rehearsed which is in a way easy but difficult too. As far as the super stardom is concerned, movies were the only source of entertainment in the 90’s. There were hardly anything else to watch unlike Netflix, Web Series and so many other forms of entertainment which are so easily available today.

Q: How was it reuniting with Renuka Shahane?
Madhuri: It was amazing. We share a bitter-sweet relationship in the film. She is a very good person and an actress too. We had plenty of conversations about Hum Aapke Hai Koun (1994) while working. I enjoyed working with her.

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Q: Tell us something about your forthcoming film ‘Kalank’?
Madhuri:
It is a period film. I am not allowed to speak about it.

Q: You have worked with all the 3 Khans – ShahRukh, Salman and Aamir. If given an opportunity in future, with whom would you like to work again?
Madhuri: I have had different working experiences with the 3 Khans. I vibe well with Shah Rukh Khan. He is a gentleman and very chivalrous. He always ensures his heroine’s comfort and always leaves after she has left. I really like the old school charm about him.

Q: What is your fitness mantra?
Madhuri:
Dance! It feels good to dance and is helpful in reducing weight too. Nowadays dance is used to treat a lot of mental illnesses such as depression and Alzheimer’s. It is also important to take care of what you eat and stay positive always. I am a very positive person.

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