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How has your Bol­ly­wood jour­ney been since the time you shifted back to In­dia? It’s been won­der­ful. I am for­tu­nate that there are so many peo­ple who are ready to as­so­ci­ate with me be­cause they’ve seen my ca­reer. Peo­ple have seen the in­tegrity and qual­ity in my work. I’ve never re­ally com­pro­mised on any­thing. I like the fact that they have con­fi­dence in me and want to as­so­ci­ate with me.

Over the decades in Bol­ly­wood, you have re­mained un­beat­able as far as danc­ing is con­cerned. Do you be­lieve your­self to be the Danc­ing Queen? I never re­ally thought about it as a sport, for me it’s a pas­sion. And it will re­main so through my life.

How easy or dif­fi­cult has it been for you to make your stand in Bol­ly­wood af­ter your come­back? It’s funny, heroes never get asked this ques­tion af­ter do­ing just one film in four years. You don’t call it their come­back, so why call it a come­back for women? Women are se­lec­tively tar­geted to say ‘Oh, she is com­ing back’, even if it’s only like a year or two. I be­lieve, once an ac­tor, al­ways an ac­tor. Agreed. But there are other con­cerns too. What is your take on the re­mu­ner­a­tion dis­par­ity be­tween heroes and hero­ines? It’s ev­ery­where; it’s not only in our in­dus­try. The change will come, but it will be grad­ual and slow. But I love the fact that there was a time when the only women I saw on sets, apart from me, were hair dressers, or co-stars or cos­tume de­sign­ers. There were no other women on the sets. Today, when I walk in, there are women ev­ery­where. Their role play has in­creased. It’s won­der­ful to see how women have pro­gressed in our in­dus­try. I’m not only talk­ing about ac­tors, I’m talk­ing about women who work be­hind the scenes.

How do you straddle work and moth­er­hood? I think you re­ally have to be or­gan­ised. You have to be at an event some­time, and some­times, you have to be at your child’s school. I make a calendar and or­gan­ise my dates.

Your film Gu­laabGang spoke about women em­pow­er­ment and strength. How nec­es­sary it is to high­light such is­sues? It is nec­es­sary to high­light such is­sues be­cause they are present in our lives. But I don’t think it’s nec­es­sary to high­light them in movies. Movies are en­ter­tain­ment, you can’t be ham­mer­ing peo­ple when they are in the the­atres. Not that such movies should not be made, but one should do some­thing about it in re­al­ity. Like I’m do­ing with UNICEF, to ad­vo­cate child rights. I did a cam­paign Boys Don’t Cry which was against women abuse. Women and chil­dren are my con­cerns, and some­thing I would want to stand-up for.

You must have no­ticed a lot of changes in the in­dus­try, have they been good or bad? Def­i­nitely it has changed for the good. It’s much more or­gan­ised. When we worked, it was hap­haz­ard, there was no dis­ci­pline. But today, you get scripts in your hand, you even know what you’re go­ing to wear in each scene.

How does it feel to as­so­ci­ate with a renowned jewellery brand like PN Gadgil, for who you launched the col­lec­tion - Time­less by Mad­huri Dixit? What is your in­volve­ment? PN Gadgil and I have been as­so­ci­ated for the last three years, I’ve been their brand am­bas­sador. Some­thing like this was in the pipeline for quite some time, but noth­ing ma­te­ri­alised. Then one day, we came up with this brand, Time­less by Mad­huri Dixit, be­cause di­a­monds are time­less.


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