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Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; December 17, 2012)
Madhuri Dixit Nene looks slimmer, a few shades fairer, and has a more flawless complexion now than she had in her heyday. Her smile, the 1000-watt one, is still the same — effervescent and warm. What is annoying though, are the number of people who insist on hanging around her. Excerpts from our conversation:
How do you stay so trim? I watch what I put in my mouth. I work out regularly and practise kathak for an hour daily. It’s a great cardio exercise.
How has the second round been so far? I don’t know why people call it the second round. I don’t think I had ever left. I did Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002), Devdas (2002) and portions of Pukar (2000) after I got married. I was constantly travelling from the US to India. Later, I did Aaja Nachle (2007) and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (she first judged it in 2010).
You have started shooting Gulab Gang with Juhi Chawla, who you didn’t work with in round one. Yes, it is wonderful. I have tremendous faith in her as an actor. It will be great fun.
What do you look for in a film now? The film must have substance, my role must have meat. There has to be something that sets it apart from the routine. Gulab Gang and Dedh Ishqiya are good scripts.
One is constantly reading about the multiple business ventures that you are into. How much truth is there in it? I’m looking forward to create something that outlives me. I’m not just Madhuri Dixit, the actress. I’m multi-talented and multifaceted. More >
MUMBAI MIRROR (August 17, 2012)
When you do a film, you cannot predict its fate at the box office. You just try and give it your best shot. That’s what exactly happened with Tezaab. I feel the film became a blockbuster because if its intensity, the chemistry between Munna and Mohini and the Ek Do Teen song. The film was a big milestone of my career. So was the song.
When director N Chandra approached me with the role, I was thrilled. It was altogether a different ballgame for me. I had never done anything like this before. I was playing a pop singer whose family is using her. Mohini’s relationship with her father was rather unusual. It was very unlike me. There was a lot of anguish, a lot of hysteria and over the top scenes. Till then, I had been playing ‘sweet’ girl roles. Tezaab was intense and difficult.
An interesting incident comes to my mind. I was supposed to cry in a scene with Anil Kapoor since people were against our relationship. I tried hard, but couldn’t get it right. Then Anil told me to imagine my sister going away. I did that. And voila! I cried. So technically, in the scene I am not crying for Anil like I am supposed to but for my sister.
However, I never could have imagined that the Ek Do Teen number will become one of my most popular songs. I remember having rehearsed for it for 16 days with Sarojji (Saroj Khan, the choreographer). The shoot went on for almost seven days. On the last day, we shot for the entire day and night. It was quite More >
Madhuri Dixit-Nene on dance, films and life after returning from the US
Kashika Saxena (BOMBAY TIMES; August 13, 2012)
Madhuri Dixit-Nene tried out something different recently — she walked the ramp for a fashion show, PCJ Delhi Couture Week. She spoke to BT post the show on two things closest to her heart… dance and movies.
ON DANCE: Dance is an integral part of Bollywood. It does have its own USP in our films. Everything can change but Indian movies will not change much because we’re so used to the dance and songs. Even Americans are getting very attracted to all this. They’re also getting interested in how Indian movies are made, what goes into making them, what’s the content, etc. There were a few neighbours in the US who would watch one Hindi movie and then want to see more because they liked the dance-and-song sequences so much. I also taught someone how to dance, but it was waltz, not any Indian dance form. His daughter was getting married and he wanted to dance with her at the wedding.
ON ADAPTING TO BOLLYWOOD NOW: You have to adapt everywhere you go. When I went to the US, I had to adapt there, when I came back to India, I had to adapt here. A lot of things in the industry are changing and you have to change accordingly. Indian cinema is going through a brilliant phase. It’s all very corporate now. Earlier, it was very haphazard. We used to be on the set sometimes and we didn’t know what we were going to say. The dialogue writer used to be writing at that More >
Madhuri Dixit-Nene talks about how different she will be on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa this time
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; June 10, 2012)
The original Dhak Dhak girl Madhuri Dixit-Nene is back on the small screen to judge Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa that begins on June 16 to air every Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm on Colors. Here, she talks about the show, her role and her family’s reactions…
Heard that you are going to be a bit tough this time… The contestants are thrown in a not-so-comfortable zone in this show. I have to be their guide and help them shed their inhibitions. I have to be truthful. I will be polite but never rude. I can never be nasty. But yes, I will certainly be strict this time. They just have to impress me with their hard work and put in lots of efforts. I will try and be a good critic.
Who among the 13 contestants look promising to you so far? We would know that only after the first episode, but at times there could be a surprise element. I am curious to see them perform, especially someone like Jayasuriya. Darsheel (Safary) is also super confident.
What are your expectations this season? There is an interesting bunch of celebrities this time. There is a cricketer, there is a kid…who’ve all stepped out of their comfort zone. Even we, the judges, are coming out of our comfort zone and getting more innovative. This time, I have decided to sing whereas Karan (Johar) will recite some shayari.
How will the three judges play their respective part? I will look at the More >
Madhuri Dixit-Nene talks about her wax statue at Madame Tussauds, in a chat with Upala KBR
BOMBAY TIMES (March 10, 2012)
Madhuri Dixit-Nene is the sixth B-Town star to be waxed at Madam Tussauds after Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor. Last week, Madhuri flew to London with her husband Dr Shriram Nene, children Ryan and Arin, parents and manager Rikku Rakeshnath along with his daughter Shaina Nath who has styled Madhuri’s outfit at Madame Tussauds, for the launch of the actress’s statue. A brief chat with Madhuri after the launch in London:
When were you approached by Madame Tussauds? We were approached in October. We were excited by the opportunity. I was thrilled to be here in London at Madame Tussauds unveiling my wax figure.
You are the sixth Bollywood star in Madame Tussauds — including actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor who have been waxed before. Don’t you feel you should have been asked much earlier since achieved greater glory and fame much before them? It does not matter to me on the timing and who’s come before me. It is an honour and has made my fans very happy.
Do you feel the statue looks exactly like you? It is a very close resemblance and we think the creative team did a great job. My wax statue is incredibly detailed and they have captured my look very well. I feel very humbled to be included alongside other Bollywood stars and some of my personal heroes.
Who designed your look More >
The real reason why Madhuri Dixit is shifting back to Mumbai
Upala KBR (BOMBAY TIMES; September 26, 2011)
Madhuri Dixit’s decision to move — bag and baggage included — to India, has sparked off all kinds of rumours and speculations. The actress is shifting base from Denver, USA to Mumbai permanently, early next month along with her husband Dr Shriram Nene and their sons Ryan and Arin. Dr Nene, a US citizen and a cardiovascular surgeon has never lived in India before. So what gives? In a telephonic chat, Madhuri clears the air. Read on…
Is recession behind this relocation? • Not at all. We have been fortunate enough not to be affected by it at all. Ram, is a doctor and he’s in a profession that’s always going to be much in demand. There have been so many unfortunate families who have been affected by recession and are going through hard times but we are fine. Truth is, Ram has always been fascinated by India and his heart always remained there whenever he’s come to Mumbai. He wants to see the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, the Charminar in Hyderabad and the Ajmer Shariff dargah in Rajasthan as he’s heard so much about them.
Ram’s a US citizen, won’t he find the transition difficult? • No. Ram would come to India when he was 12 years old and spend his summers here so he’s comfortable with the system. Yes, the transition is difficult and emotional too but once you know what you are doing you can adapt and get used to the change. Also, Ram is More >
Madhuri Dixit believes her fans want to see her paired with the Khans, not as Sonam Kapoor’s mother
Roshni K Olivera (BOMBAY TIMES; March 15, 2011) Bollywood’s original dhak dhak girl Madhuri Dixit made quite an impact as a judge on the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. She just might be back on the show’s next season, the actress revealed in a candid chat with BT, where she spoke about television, movies and how her fans don’t want to see her play mommy! Excerpts:
Jhalak’s over. What next? Going back home. My kids are waiting for me and I’m missing them a lot too. That’s all on my mind right now.
Do you plan to do more TV shows? They want me to do the next season of Jhalak. Talks are on. I have had a great time doing this show.
Years ago you hosted the wedding reality show Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai that didn’t click… The show was ahead of its time. Had it been on air today, it would have done well. In those days, people were wary of being open about their personal lives, but today, people’s private moments are out on reality shows.
What about film offers? You refused to play mother to Sonam in a film… I got many film offers, but nothing that’s really excited me. Anil (Kapoor) approached me for a film based on Freaky Friday, but the role didn’t appeal to me. It’s not about playing mother, it’s about my role in a film. But, yes, after this news was out, there was an outrage on my microblogging site. My fans don’t want me to play mother! More >