Madhuri takes it easy!


By Hindustan Times

New Delhi, March 18 -- While actor Madhuri Dixit's one-time rival, Sridevi has given the nod to R Balki's wife Gauri for her directorial debut, Madhuri has turned down an offer to play Rajnikanth's sister in his film Raana, and also declined actor-producer Anil Kapoor's Freaky Friday remake.

Doesn't the actor want to kickstart her career again, now that her one-time closest competitor is ready for a second innings? "History comes a full circle. Maybe Sri's film and a film I sign will release around the same time!" laughs Madhuri, who is happy that Sridevi has decided to return to the movies. "But that doesn't put pressure on me to sign the first project I'm offered," she adds.

The once-reigning box-office queen, still remembered for blockbusters like Dil, Beta, and Dil To Pagal Hai, among others, recalls that during the 80s and 90s, the press pitted Sridevi, who is a few years her senior, against her. "Despite all the projected rivalry, Sri's such a gifted actor and dancer that like everyone else, I'll be glad to see her back on screen. It's surprising, though, that we've never worked together, and haven't even spoken to each other in years. But I wish her well," she says.

Madhuri, who just completed her stint as star-judge in Jhalak Dikkhlaa Jaa, will spend time with family in the US till she returns to the show next year for another season.

As for Freaky Friday, in which she was expected to play actor Sonam Kapoor's mum but chose not to, Madhuri says: "The subject really doesn't suit me. And I'm in no hurry to return to the arc lights. I'll do a film but only if I'm comfortable with the subject and the time. Till then, I want to spend time with my family."