Movie sets are bustling with women: Madhuri on the change in Bollywood

  • IANS, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 21, 2016 14:59 IST
Choreographers Bosco Martins, Terence Lewis and actress Madhuri Dixit during the announcement of &TV dance show So You Think You Can Dance in Mumbai on April 19, 2016. (IANS)

The gorgeous Madhuri Dixit, who was last seen in women-centric film Gulaab Gang with Juhi Chawla says that women are no longer playing victim or an avenger in Bollywood.

With debut film Abodh and others like Dedh Ishqiya, Lajja, Devdas and Mrityudand to her credit, Madhuri said “it is very interesting the way and the kind of roles that being written for women now”.

“They are no longer just victims or avengers, they are like different characters with different roles in society, which is so wonderful. They are not just eye candies, women are not perceived in a particular way anymore,” Madhuri told IANS in a group interview in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Madhuri Dixit and her husband Dr Sriram Nene during a charity reception at Mumbai hotel on April 10, 2016. (IANS)

When she started her journey in the film industry, there were hardly any women on the sets, but that is no longer the case, the Aaja Nachle actor said, adding that it was a good change indeed.

“When I started, the only woman you saw on the set was the heroine... and the hair dresser and maybe a costume designer... today when I walk in, the sets are bustling with women! They are assistant directors, cameramen, script writers, directors... so many roles they are playing,” she said.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge meeting actors Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Shahrukh Khan during the Bollywood theme dinner in Mumbai. (PTI)

Asked if she was specifically looking at women-centric films considering her past projects, she said: “No, I am not specifically looking at portraying such roles or working on women centric scripts.

“It just happened that I signed such projects. It just fit very well. Today, work is much more organised, earlier it was haphazard... now more streamlined and disciplined,” she said at the launch of dance reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance-Ab India Ki Baari.

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Madhuri will be a judge on the show to be aired on &TV.

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