I never went away: Madhuri Dixit



Actor Madhuri Dixit, who ruled the 80’s and 90’s, feels that contrary to the perception that her contemporary heroines are faded in oblivion, they are in fact going strong even today. Madhuri, whose item song ‘Ghagra’ with Ranbir Kapoor topped the charts recently, is one of the judges in the
dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and has two films, in her kitty.

Even though actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn, all in their 40’s, are active in Bollywood even today, heroines who starred opposite them in their heydays either faded away from arc lights or are content playing character roles. But Mads believes it is not the case.

“It is great to see all actors up there. They all have worked hard. Juhi Chawla, Kajol, Sridevi all are doing wonderful work today. One should not generalise that actresses of our times are not around, it is not right.” She adds, “All these ladies are doing good work. They are going strong. They are making their own space.”

Even after her marriage with US-based Dr Shriram Nene in 1999, Madhuri continued to act in films. “I have always worked. Even after getting married and going away, I did Devdas, Lajja, Pukar, Hum Tumhare Hai Sanam, Aaja Nach Le and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. I did a lot of work after marriage. So it was not that I left and went away. I have always been here,” she said.

Madhuri dismissed reports that she will be performing a special song in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film, Ram Leela. “Nobody has approached me for the song. And there is no talk. I don’t know where these stories are coming from.”