Shayari in Dedh Ishqiya, rebellious poetry in Gulaab Gang, the dhak dhak diva Madhuri Dixit is in the Indian classical culture mode.
If in her previous avatar, she went on to be the biggest diva and ultimate sex symbol in the 90s, in her comeback stint, Madhuri Dixit is hacking back to her own classical past (after all, she is a trained Kathak dancer) and do her bit to revive India's rich cultural heritage.
If one was to listen to the songs of Gulaab Gang, there is no doubt one will be struck by the spirit of rebellion in them. These are not the regular Bollywood songs but instead stirring lyrics by poets Saahir Ludhianavi, Dushyant, Pash and Sudama Pandey Dhoomil.
What is this newfound love for Indian culture in her second innings in Bollywood?
Madhuri explains, "We should not leave our traditions behind in the rush for modernisation. When I read the scripts, I was happy to see that the Indian traditions were being showcased in both the films."
"These poems have exposed me to the India living in small towns where girls are not educated. I think girls should be educated for the betterment of the society," Madhuri adds.
However, she is quite clear that she is not a political leader but wants to do her bit for the society as an artist.
The production house of Gulaab Gang, Benaras Media Works, has been uploading videos with Madhuri Dixit reciting inspiring and rebellious poems by these poets.
Producer of Gulaab Gang, Anubhav Sinha says that it is his marketing strategy to promote Hindi poetry. "If you want to listen to Madhuri, you have to listen to Dhoomil and Pash," he adds.
Sinha, who had earlier directed RA.One, says he is in love with Hindi revolutionary poetry and if people see Gulaab Gang promotion in these poetry recitations, then he is happy for his production house.