Once the undisputed queen of Bollywood, the actress who made men gag with desire and women desperate to copy her moves, Madhuri Dixit is eager for more. Now based in the US after marriage, she made her comeback with Aaja Nachle and is open to more offers.
“I have been offered scripts and will sign if something interesting comes up,” said Madhuri, speaking from New York. “Logistics can be worked out — whether the film can be shot in the US or India.” Famous as the dhak dhak girl, Madhuri was the guest star of the Bachchan’s Unforgettable tour in the US and performed in six cities, including the last one in New York.
‘I love AB’
About her interaction with Big B, Madhuri said it was good fun to be part of the US leg of the tour, which started last month. “Though I have not worked with him in any film, I have always admired [Amitabh] Bachchan and this tour was a good opportunity to interact with him. There is so much to learn from him,” she said. Her husband, surgeon Sriram Nene, accompanied her to some of the shows. “Amitabh Bachchan is the only Indian film star my husband recognises and he remembers watching only Amar Akbar Anthony,” said the actress. “He told me that Bachchan was excellent on stage.” The children did not see much of mummy Madhuri doing her dance numbers. “My kids are too small to travel with me. They came only to Los Angeles. Otherwise they stay with my mother-in-law,” she said.
How it began
Madhuri said a team from Wizcraft, the organisers of the show, had come to her house in Denver to explain about the concept and helped with the rehearsal. She last went on a world tour in 1995, and feels that the quality of production of such shows was getting better with time — just like Bollywood films. “There is a huge improvement in the manner in which the stage is lit up with high-tech equipment. A lot of Indians living here are very interested in such shows.”
Speaking about working with filmmakers of Indian origin in the US, Madhuri said that she had an opportunity once but the meeting did not materialise since her child was unwell. “But I’m sure interested in what they are doing and would like to interact with them.”
On whether she will be doing any Yash Raj or Meghna Gulzar film in the near future, Madhuri said there were many offers during her last visit to India to collect the Padma Shri award. “Meghna’s film was one of the many offers that came. But, nothing has been decided yet. I have a lot of respect for Yash Chopra and visit him when I am in Mumbai. I could definitely do another film for his banner.” About her comeback vehicle, Aaja Nachle, a Yash Raj movie that failed to recreate her old magic, Madhuri said the film’s subject was good enough. “We made the film from the heart. But one cannot always win.”