I don’t play a gangster in ‘Gulab Gang’ : Madhuri

MUMBAI, June 8:
Actress Madhuri Dixit, who has been roped in to play the lead in Anubhav Sinha’s home production ‘Gulab Gang’, says, she is not essaying a gangster and will not be mouthing bad words.
“I don’t know where all these things (about abuses) came from. There is nothing abusive in the movie. It is not even about gangsters. In the film women are not gangsters.. They are vigilantes. It is about a group of women who help other women and help solve their problem. So that is what fascinated me about that.. As it is all about women power. They are not gangsters,” Madhuri told in an interview.
‘Gulab Gang’ is a story of a gang of women fighting against social injustice. The film directed by Soumik Sen is likely to have Mahie Gill, Shilpa Shukla. Produced under Benaras Media Works banner, ‘Gulab Gang’ would go on floors post monsoon and would release next year on Womens Day.
Also, Madhuri has signed on the dotted line for the sequel of Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Ishqiya’, which is titled ‘Dedh Ishqiya’.
Abhishek Chaubey had directed ‘Ishqiya’, which got great reviews and box office collections.
The film was produced by Vishal Bhardwaj. Even for the sequel the director, producer and lead actors Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi have been retained.
“I don’t think ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ can be called women centric film. There are four characters in the movie and all are important. I am looking forward to work with Naseeruddin and Arshad. I am working with Naseeruddin Shah in a meaningful film after a long time. And it is all about one up man ship, give and take and it is very interesting. We haven’t begun shooting yet,” Madhuri said.
Post her marriage, Madhuri had relocated to the US for almost a decade. It was last year in October that she shifted her base back to Mumbai, along with her family. And on work front, she signed two films and will judge dance reality show.
“I think it is exciting time for Indian cinema as it has taken a leap. Even audiences have matured and they are ready to watch different subjects. Different kind of films is being made, films are made in more professional way,” she said.
The 45-year-old actress would also be judging the fifth season of dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’ this is for the second time that she would be judging the show.
“When the second season came up to me I was more than happy do it. Dancing is extension of me.
Dance is important and exciting thing. There are people who have inhibitions about dance…and this is the show where lot of non-dancers comes, so it helps you shed all those things,” Madhuri said.
Besides Madhuri, ace choreographer Remo D’souza and filmmaker Karan Johar would judge the show.
“I will judge on basically how they perform, their expressions, whether they are graceful.
We have three judges and we can’t say same thing, so we have kind of divided things. Remo will look at choreography, I will look at essence and Karan will look at concept, the way they have shot it,” she said.
“We will have Madhuri step of the week, perform for audience or contestant or give contestant to do. That step can be of my film or anything new,” she said. (PTI)


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