'Women in Bollywood are not just eye candy now'

'Women in Bollywood are not just eye candy now'

Puja Gupta, April 21, 2016, DHNS

Her graceful appearance and ‘million-dollar’ smile says it all for her. Madhuri Dixit Nene has ruled hearts for several years and still is known as the Bollywood diva. Though the actress is not seen much on the silver screen now, but she never feels apart from it and calls acting her “love”.

 The actress, who was last seen playing bold and pivotal roles in movies like Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab Gang, believes that the way women in Bollywood were portrayed
has changed over the years and is giving “more space”
to them.

“It is very interesting to see how roles are written for women now. They are no longer just victims, avengers or simply one from the crowd. They are different characters now and not just eye candy. No one can perceive them in a particular way,” she tells Metrolife.  
Not just their roles, but the 48-year-old also applauds the contribution of women in B’wood in different departments. She feels happy how the industry has accepted the gender and their participation with open arms.

 “When I started, the only women you could see on the sets were the heroine and other artistes participating in the film, and may be a costume designer or hair dresser. Also, at that time there were just two women directors. But today when I walk in, the sets are bustling with women. They are now the cameraman, script writer, director, assistant director and what not. It is wonderful!” notes the Dhak Dhak girl.

Further sharing how she has witnessed Bollywood evolving, Nene says, “The industry is much more organised and streamlined now.  Earlier, we used to shoot haphazardly. Sometimes, it was just two days before the shoot that the producer informed us about it. Even the dialogues were written on the sets while we were shooting. Talking about the technology also, it has come a long way. The recent movie Fan, you got to see Shah Rukh (Khan) with a different face, it is so amazing to see something like this.”

When asked when the audience will see her next on the big screens, the actress says she has been reading scripts and will consider if something worthy comes her way. Meanwhile, Nene will be seen on the small screen judging the upcoming dance reality show So You Think You Can Dance (India edition), to be aired on &TV from April 24. The actress, who has judged four editions of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa in the past, says, “This show is going to be different from other shows. You will see no celebrity but common people from across the globe. There will also be a showcase of different dance forms, talent and energy altogether. The notch is much-much higher here.”

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