Madhuri Dixit-Nene: I love Madhubala’s smile

B-town’s lady with the million dollar smile says she is a fan of late actor Madhubala and that her mesmerising smile is the best the industry has seen. Madhuri also talks about working with Naseeruddin Shah and Juhi Chawla. Excerpts from an interview

One of the best actors in tinseltown, Madhuri Dixit-Nene is very strict when it comes to health issues and adds she is quite good at multi-tasking too. “I am a multi-tasker. I can do two things together. I am very strict with myself and my kids too. I handle my diet and I am responsible for my health,” she said.

During her long and successful innings in the filmdom, she churned out hits like Tezaab, Beta, Dil and Dil To Pagal Hai. However, her comeback film after her marriage with Dr Shriram Nene, Aaja Nachle turned out to be a damp squib when it hit theatres in 2007. The 45-year-old has now moved back to India along with her husband and two sons – Arin and Raayan.

She regained her popularity as the judge of two seasons of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and has now bagged two important films – Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab Gang.

Asked her about competition, she said: “I have never believed in that. I do what I like and I enjoy it.”

What are your strengths? “I am a very hard working person. I am creative. I like to dance and act. I love whatever I am doing,” said the actor.

Talking about her two prestigious projects, Madhuri said that Anubhav Sinha’s Gulaab Gang shooting is on and the camera will start rolling for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Dedh Ishqiya in mid-February.

Dedh Ishqiya was initially supposed to go on the floors in September 2012, but it was postponed till November and then it was shifted to February 2013. “Both the films have strong roles and very nice characters,” she said. Sequel to critically acclaimed IshqiyaDedh Ishqiya also stars Huma Qureshi along with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi who were in the original.

“It’s my honour that I am working with him (Naseer). He is a very fantastic artist and I enjoyed a lot working with him,” said Madhuri.

The actor also showered praise on Juhi Chawla, her co-star in Gulaab Gang, their first film together. “It’s been wonderful. I met Juhi and she is a very, very sweet person and the experience has been wonderful,” she said.

Madhuri is also known for her million dollar smile, but she regards legendary Madhubala’s smile as the most beautiful. “I love Madhubala’s smile and I think it is the best in the industry,” said the actor who is also a huge fan of Madhubala.

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