Madhuri Dixit has completed Yash Raj Films Aaja Nachle. Mads is settled in Denver since her wedding in October 1999. Her last film was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas in 2002. In an interview she talks about her comeback film, stay in Mumbai, husband, kids and future plans.
Describe your role in Aaja Nachle?
I am sorry. I am not supposed to talk anything about it. But I must say that it has been a very satisfying experience to work in this film.
What is the extent of offers that have come your way since you came to Mumbai for Aaja Nachle?
The extent is really very big. But I don't want to do every film. I want to do films and roles, which will satisfy my creative instincts and worthy of buying a ticket in a theatre. But my first priority will always be my family. I will always consider where the film is being shot and if it is convenient for me to shoot in that place. Frankly, I will work at my own pace.
Will you play a mom or a mother-in-law?
Why did you refuse Saroj Khan's film? She has been your mentor...
(Interrupts) I did not refuse her film because I was never offered that film. I don't know how these rumours started.
So there's no fall-out with Saroj Khan?
Sarojji is family to me.
But she is not doing the choreography of Aaja Nachle, like she did in almost your films?
Well, Yash Raj Films has put everything in place. And I didn't want to interfere in that. Vaibhavi Merchant is doing the choreography and she is very good.
Have the work ethics changed in Bollywood from the days you got married and took a break?
Tremendously. Almost everybody has become very organized. Yash Raj Films were very organized even before, but now they are super organized (laughs). The technology has become wonderful and that really helps.
Have the actors become punctual?
(Laughs) Yes. I think the corporate culture has paid good dividends.
The heroines have changed. They are doing bold roles and have bold scenes.
Would you have been able to do it, if you were younger and in the thick of things now?
I haven't faced that situation. Hmmm... If I would have seen that the director is good and can handle the scene well, I may have done it. But I tell you; this boldness is a reflection of the society. Films reflect society.