Says birthday girl Madhuri Dixit who is finally acting in a Marathi film, producing another, and mixing it up with Bollywood naach-gaana.
■ After tying the knot, you lived in Denver for 10 years before moving base to Mumbai in 2011. Do you miss your life there?
Mumbai is like my mayka while the US was my sasural. While in Denver, my focus was the family. My kids were the centre of my universe there, and will always be. I enjoyed my time in the US because raising a family was always a dream and while there I could live my life without interference or speculation. Now, I’m back in India and going with the flow. I have to add here that I love Mumbai. It’s my home, I’ve grown up here.
■ You’ve joined hands with Priyanka Chopra for a sitcom inspired by your life in the US for a leading international network. What’s the update on that?
TV is a funny medium, it takes time for things to happen. The script is being developed, the rest is work in progress. Let’s see where it goes.
■ Next year, on October 17, you and Dr Shriram Nene celebrate your 20th anniversary. How has the journey been?
(Laughs) It seems short, the years have gone like a breeze. There’s great love and respect, and we try to enjoy every moment of our life. As long as you understand each other, the journey is easy.
■ You made your Bollywood debut with Abodh in 1984. What made you choose to do a Marathi film after 30 years in the industry?
Language is not a barrier as long as the content is strong. When I was offered Bucket List, I loved the subject and I’ve really wanted to do a Marathi film for a while now. It’s a story of an aam woman, in fact, it could well be a man too, who’s always trying to be perfect. In the process she forgets to nurture her own self. So, she gets this bucket list and while trying to complete it, finds herself and her voice, in turn affecting those around her and their perspective towards her. It’s a very beautiful film, simply stated.
■ How would you reflect on your own journey today as a wife, mother and homemaker?
I’m also a daughter and a daughter-in-law, and all these different roles are basically about pleasing people and in the process you often forget to think about yourself. I really identified with the character, I am sure every woman will. But I have to confess that when it comes to my kids, I drop everything and will do whatever needs to be done. (Smiles) That’s what I have discovered about myself.
■ What are the top five things on your bucket list?
I always wanted to produce a movie, which I am doing now, it is a Marathi film called 15th August and should release in that month this year but it’s not about patriotism. It’s a family entertainer. Do you remember the surfing dude from an old commercial of a male grooming product? I also wanted to stand on that surfing board one day and see how it feels. I got the opportunity recently when we went to Kovalam and enrolled my sons in a surfing school. I was able to hold my balance for only a few seconds but that was enough to go “Yay!”
My list just keeps growing because the minute I overcome a challenge I have to find another one.
■ Are Rayaan and Arin showing an interest in filmmaking or medicine?
I don’t know, kids today have so much exposure and options to pick from. My sons love music, they play piano and tabla. But I want them to choose their own path without pushing them in a particular direction. They should be passionate about what they are doing, only then will they excel at it.
■ You’re reuniting with Anil Kapoor for Total Dhamaal 18 years after Rajkumar Santoshi’s 2000 espionage drama Pukar. How has it been so far?
It’s terrific working with Anil after so long. He has the same energy and enthusiasm, and the Total Dhamaal set is a crazy one with Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaaferi and Sanjay Mishra. It’s a laugh fest all the way as we reminisce about the good old days. I’m reuniting with Indra Kumar too with whom Anil and I did Beta, so there are a lot of memories that came back during the shoot.
■ Many yesteryear chartbusters, including your “Ek Do Teen” from Tezaab and Thanedaar’s “Tamma Tamma” were recreated for Baaghi 2 and Badrinath Ki Dulhania respectively. What do you think about these remixes?
It’s great, bringing the best of the past to the new generation. In fact, I am recreating a song myself, “Paisa Yeh Paisa” from Subhash Ji’s (Subhash Ghai) Karz for Total Dhamaal. The team has done a great job with it.
■ You bring in your 51st birthday today. What is the plan?
(Laughs) What do you think I’ll be doing? Promoting Bucket List, of course! I will be working on my birthday, let’s see if I can steal some time to go out for a dinner or we’ll celebrate on a day that I’m free.
♦ I wanted to stand on a surfing board and see how it feels. I got the opportunity recently when we went to Kovalam. I was able to hold my balance for only a few seconds but that was enough to go “Yay!”