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Madhuri: Being number one or two never bothered me

Updated: December 8, 2012, 10:37 AM IST
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Madhuri: Being number one or two never bothered me
Her roles in upcoming films 'Gulab Gang' and 'Dedh Ishqiya' are not stereotypical.

New Delhi: Madhuri Dixit will be seen in a new avatar in her two upcoming films and the Bollywood actress says she no longer wants to do roles that require her to run around trees. The 45-year-old 'dhak dhak' girl, who ruled the film industry in late 80s and early 90s, made a comeback to acting after a four-year-long hiatus in 2007 with 'Aaja Nachle'.

She says her roles in upcoming films 'Gulab Gang' and 'Dedh Ishqiya' are not stereotypical.

"Both the films have very tight scripts and very mature roles- exactly the kind of films that I want to do now. I can't run around trees anymore. That is something that I won't enjoy doing. I feel now things are beyond beauty and that is the right way. I can't portray caricatures on screen," she
said during a session of 'Agenda - Aaj Tak'.

Madhuri, who made her debut with 'Abodh' in 1984, went on to star in films like 'Tezaab', 'Beta', 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun', 'Dil To Pagal Hai', 'Devdas'.

She also said that the industry has changed a lot from what it was when she left.

"Our industry has changed. Women are all over and doing great work. When I left the industry, Farah Khan was a choreographer. When I came back, she had become this super successful director. There is Zoya Akhtar, who made last year's best film 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara'. Now I see so many women as assistant directors, creative directors, camera persons. It is a positive step," she said.

To her, the reason behind so many women-centric films like 'Kahaani', 'Fashion', 'The Dirty Picture', being made is because of the change in the society and audience.

"The debate of heroine versus hero has been going on forever. But films have really changed. It is not that there have not been women centric films before but not as much as we are seeing now. Women in the society has changed and that is being reflected in films. Even the audience has changed," she

When asked about pay scale of actress' in Bollywood not being at par with actors, Madhuri joked, "I think we have to form a group and need to take care of it."

Moreover, the 'Dhak dhak' girl says she has always enjoyed her work and tried to keep herself away from the politics of the industry.

"Being number one or number two never bothered me. I did not believe in all that. I had this in mind that whenever I go on the sets, I have to give my best. Whenever I gave a good shot, that was a special moment for me.

"I never got into the politics of the industry. I was always kept away from it and enjoyed being being part of it," Madhuri said.

With some many good films and commendable performances to her credit, the 45-year-old still looks the same and has always been very down to earth. The actress says its her family that has helped her to be like that.

"My family, their values and education have kept me grounded. I am not a frog in the well. There is a life outside the industry and I have always been very curious about it. I love meeting people and talking to them. For me it is not about 'I, me and myself'," she added.

First Published: December 8, 2012, 10:37 AM IST
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