comeback film Aaja Nachle hit cinema screens
today. Her fans await the film and she too awaits
their reactions. The diva is back after a marriage,
two sons and a super workout regime. Looking
as good as ever, Madhuri is all set to wow audiences.
about the film and on her comeback is the charming
Madhuri Dixit Nene.
was it coming to the sets after six years?
It was great. The first day I was little
apprehensive. It's not as if you are going to
forget something but when you are working there
is a certain kind of discipline that happens
automatically. Everything around becomes very
mechanical except the performance. It's like
well-oiled wheels churning round and round but
when that stops and you come back, you feel
am I a little rusty. It was just the first two
hours after which I didn't feel I was coming
back after six years.
I think it's a story of believing in something
and standing by it. And it is a very feel-good
kind of a movie. You can also find its relevance
in today's world where you see western culture
taking over. Theatre especially is almost a
dying art today and something needs to be done
to revive it. So I think the movie is an experience
of going back to your values, your roots and
is your character in the film?
I play the character of Dia, a village girl,
who is extremely strong and independent. She
elopes with her lover and goes to New York.
Later, she realizes that the person she ran
away with is not the same anymore. She becomes
a choreographer and follows the footsteps and
teachings of her guru and returns to India.
did this offer come to you?
Yash Chopra liked my performance
at Filmfare and asked me if I would be interested
in working again. I took that conversation lightly
and never thought about it seriously. Later,
I happened to meet Aditya Chopra and I don't
know what clicked in his mind. My secretary
Rikkuji later got in touch with me and gave
me the gist of the story which I quite liked
and then Adi came over to Denver to give me
an insight to the story. I found it quite interesting.
difficult was it to decide on your comeback?
Well yes, one is scared when you are making
a comeback. Suddenly you find people watching
all your moves. Whatever you do you want it
to turn out to be the best. Everyone wants to
know what Madhuri is up to, what role she should
be doing and so on. There is a lot of expectation
and happiness amongst the fans and your well-wishers.
I am keeping my fingers crossed and hope that
people like my movie and my work.
was it like working with Vaibhavi Merchant?
I have worked with different choreographers
like Saroj Khan, Chinni Prakash, Prabhudeva
and all the songs have been typically Madhuri
Dixit style. So it was challenging for Vaibhavi
also as she had to undo it all that I have done
before and make it look different. I must say
that she has come off with flying colors and
has done a very good job in all the songs and
I enjoyed working with her. She is very bright
you tell us about the sets that were created
for Aaja Nachle?
We created a small town called Shamali in Filmcity.
In the outskirts is the theatre Ajanta, which
is the pillar of the story and everything revolves
around it. The architects have done it beautifully.
It was very refreshing to go there and see one-
storey houses like you have in small towns,
the little gallis that you miss these
days, little shops lining the gallis
and then the changes that happen in my absence
of ten years. It suddenly looks more modern
and jazzy. That village became a part of our
lives in those four months and everybody got
attached to it.
you had your sons with you, how did you manage
My kids are my top most priority. When I
was working I made sure that they were comfortable.
It was very thoughtful and sweet of Yashji to
have made a play area for my kids in case they
came to the sets. I had my husband and my mother-in-law
coming down to support me and look after the
you see any changes in the industry?
I see a lot of changes. Now things are more
organized. Actors get bound scripts which helps
them to prepare much better, perform much better.
It's decided in advance as to what you are going
to wear in a particular scene and how are you
going to look. Directors and actors are trying
their hands at different subjects because of
the growing number of multiplexes. Today they
know their target audience and know their taste.
They are making interesting films like Bheja
Fry, Khosla Ka Ghosla.
next after Aaja Nachle?
I haven't decided on that yet. Right now I am
just living in the moment. These four months
of shooting for Aaja Nachle have been
a lovely experience. I feel as if I have achieved
something great by doing this movie. Luckily,
everything went off smoothly for my kids and
me as I feared for their health and things thus,
could have got delayed. But I thank God for
being kind and making everything run smooth
memorable on the set incidents?
We had this scene where the crew was supposed
to use a projector and I was to cry because
my guru is dying. They bought some old projector
reels which played Charlie Chaplin. I think
I must be the only person in the world who has
cried while watching Charlie Chaplin on screen,
so that's a memorable scene.
as the dhak dhak girl dances her way
back in a tailor-made role, one is not sure
whether she will have many more such roles to
tempt her into signing yet another film.
until then the magic continues.