Bollywood’s veteran actress Madhuri Dixit said, while appreciating positive change in Indian film industry with regard to females that women no longer play victim or avenger in Bollywood movies.
The actress last appeared in women-centric film “Gulaab Gang” which was inspired by women activists in Bundelkhand and talks about women’s empowerment.
“It is very interesting the way kinds of roles are being written for women now. They are no longer just victims or avengers, they are like different characters with different roles in society, which is so wonderful. They are not just eye candy, women are not perceived in a particular way anymore,” Madhuri told IANS in a group interview in Mumbai on Wednesday (April 20).
Recalling the earlier days of her career when she had started her journey in the film industry, the Aaja Nachle actress said that there were hardly any women on the sets, but that is no longer the case, adding that it was a good change indeed.
“When I started, the only woman you saw on the set was the heroine… and the hair dresser and maybe a costume designer… today when I walk in, the sets are bustling with women! They are assistant directors, cameramen, script writers, directors… so many roles they are playing,” she said.
Asked if she was specifically looking at women-centric films considering her past projects, she said: “No, I am not specifically looking at portraying such roles or working on women centric scripts.
“It just happened that I signed such projects. It just fit very well,” she said at the launch of dance reality TV show.
Madhuri would be seen judging the Indian version of American reality show So You Think You Can Dance alongside choreographers Terrence Lewis and Bosco Martis.
“The concept of the show is very different. We have divided them into two groups — stage and street. They are dancers. They are passionate about what they do. What is difficult is they have their stories, own lives and own struggles and how some of them have been disowned by their families for taking up dance as their career option,” she told PTI.
Madhuri, who is involved with dance since the age of three, considers herself lucky to have supportive parents and now husband.
“My parents were very supportive and so were my in-laws and husband. My husband and I are like a unit, who work together. So, if I am going to be absent, he takes over and when he is busy I do it. I wish everyone could get such a family.”
She has been away from the big screen for a while but she says hasn’t hung up her acting career yet.
The 48-year-old, who was last seen in 2014 in black-comedy Dedh Isqiya and crime drama Gulaab Gang, said she was yet to bag the right script that would get her back to films and is taking up judging reality shows more because dance is her passion.
“Acting is my first love. As soon as something that I like comes to my table, I will surely say yes to that film offer. Right now, I am busy with dance shows as dance is my passion,” Madhuri told.
The mother-of-two said she does not miss facing the camera because her family has always been her priority.
“Everybody has their own dreams. Having a family and children were a big part of my dream… When I was in Denver, I was living my dream. My priorities are very straight. I know what is important for me. And whenever I do anything, I plan very well.”
She recently watched Fan and was floored by Shah Rukh Khan’s performance.
“I saw Fan It was a lovely movie. Shah Rukh khan as a fan was excellent. It was a lovely performance and him as superstar also was a very balanced and controlled act. They have not tried to show him that he is nice. He has his own fragility, ego and grey areas,” she said.