Actor Madhuri Dixit, who has come back to Mumbai and Bollywood after more than a decade (she had moved to the US after tying the knot with Dr Sriram Nene, a surgeon, in 1999) says that the Hindi film industry has undergone a sea change since she last worked in it. “The industry and its people have become smarter now as compared to our times. Now, for everything, there is a lot of planning involved. In our times, producers would invest money just for the passion of a script but now the commercial viability is of utmost importance. I remember how back then, the shooting of a film would span over years whereas now a film is completed in three months and then goes for post production,” said Madhuri in an interview in Delhi.
And it is just not the making of films, even the way actors position themselves now is different, she feels. “Today, more than ever, it is important for an actor to be heard — to let people know about them and what they are up to. In our times there were just 2-3 magazines but now there is a huge influx of media and as an artist you need a proper professional team to help you handle that and manage your career.” Probably, this explains why the 45-year-old has replaced Rikku Nath, her manager of many years, with a professional company that now manages her career.
Madhuri has signed on two films recently, Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab Gang. “Both the films have very tight scripts and mature roles and I am looking forward to them. At this point of my life, I can’t run around trees,” she said.