‘WOMEN ARE NO LONGER EYE CANDY’

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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.

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