‘WOMEN ARE NO LONGER EYE CANDY’
She ruled the roost in the 90s with her fluid dancing, expressions, enduring smile and effortless grace. Actor
Madhuri Dixit (left) who has seen the Hindi film industry go through changes in her three decades in showbiz, says she’s glad to see the emergence of stronger women characters on the silver screen.
For her, it’s a welcome departure from earlier times when Hindi films were constantly more focused on the heroes -and heroines were relegated to supportive roles.
She says,“Women are given more importance in a film. Neerja is one of the examples where Sonam Kapoor plays an air hostess and saves a lot of people. There’s even Alia Bhatt in Udta Punjab, where she plays an innocent girl from Bihar and how she gets involved in the whole drug scene.
“Though it (‘Udta Punjab’) is not womanoriented, women’s parts have become much stronger than it used to be. Women are now not just eye candy, there are parts written where she has an important role in society,” she adds.
Since her debut film Abodh in 1984, Madhuri has remained a pivotal part of the Indian entertainment industry and has enthralled fans through roles in films like Tezaab (1988) Ram Lakhan (1989) Dil (1990), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), Anjaam (1994), Pukar (2000), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and Devdas (2002). She also starred in Gulaabi Gang (2013)
Her journey in films slowed down after she got married to US-based doctor Shriram Nene. But Madhuri says it was her “personal choice” to do less films as she had to look after her sons Arin and Rayaan.