I never thought Juhi as my competitor: Madhuri Dixit

Added by harini on Feb 12, 2014

Soumik Sen’s upcoming directorial debut movie ‘Gulaab Gang’ will see talented actresses Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla share the screen space for the very first time.

Though both the actresses were at their peak in the 90’s they never came together for a movie.

Earlier Juhi Chawla has said that the reason she never worked with Madhuri Dixit before was due to the fierce competition that existed between them.

But Madhuri Dixit said that she never thought of Juhi as a competitor and it was finally inspiring to work with her in the film, releasing on March 7.

“I never thought of her as my competitor. I never had any qualms about working with anyone. This is my thinking that we are actors not horses running towards one finish line. It is a creative field and we like certain roles and work with people we like. It is not that I have not worked in two-heroine projects earlier. I worked with Preity Zinta (Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke), Aishwarya Rai (Devdas) and Karisma Kapur (Dil Toh Pagal Hai)," Madhuri Dixit told PTI in an interview.

Madhuri Dixit said that it was inspiring to work alongside Juhi Chawla in ‘Gulaab Gang’.

“It is wonderful that we did a film together finally. She is a good actress. It is inspiring to see another good actress work with you. I think our scenes are very tight and I would definitely love to work with her again,” she said.

Madhuri Dixit, who plays a leader of a gang of women working towards women empowerment, said that her role in the movie was very strong.

“It is a strong role. When Soumik brought the story to me, I thought it was entertaining, massy and yet it had a lovely message. Rajjo is a vigilante and believes in education of women. She believes woman should be given the tools to be independent," says Madhuri.

The actress says other than the character what attracted her to the part was that she would get to do lot of action in the movie, something she has never done before.

"My character believes that rod is god. She has her goals straight. And then there is Juhi, who is playing this negative, mean and power-hungry politician. I feel it could have been two men but they happen to be two women," says Madhuri.

The actress said that Bollywood was changing and actresses were now being offered interesting roles.

“Times are changing, a woman's role in society is changing and there is an attitude change everywhere. There was a time when I never saw female assistant directors, camerapersons or a makeup artistes. There were women directors but you could count them on your fingers," said Madhuri.

The actress feels new age directors should share credit for writing interesting roles for women rather than caging them in stereotypes.

"The women are no longer caricatures like an avenger, victim or an eye candy. They are people, characters. There is a change even in mainstream roles. I like what Deepika (Padukone) did in ‘Cocktail’ and even in ‘Chennai Express’ where her role was equally important to that of Shah Rukh Khan. This change is nice and a step in the right direction," she concluded.

‘Gulaab Gang’, co-written by director Soumik Sen and producer Anubhav Sinha, is inspired by a group of women activists in the Bundelkhand region and talks about women empowerment.

The film is set in rural background. The idea of this film is to empower women and get themselves educated so that they can fight violence and abuse," Juhi Chawla concluded.

Gulabi Gang is a women’s' group from Uttar Pradesh's Bundelkhand region that works for well-being of women facing violence domestic and social problems.

‘Gulaab Gang’, directed by debutant director Soumik Sen and produced by Anubhav Sinha, will release on March 7.

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