Screen Exclusive: Madhuri Dixit talks about playing Begum Para in 'Dedh Ishqiya'
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The area around Mehboob Studios is buzzing with people trying to catch a glimpse of the lady with an electrifying smile. All eyes are transfixed on her as she gets out of her white Mercedes, while sipping water from her Starbucks tumbler. You can hear hearts skipping a beat as she greets everyone outside Stage 7 with her million-dollar smile. That's the aura of Madhuri Dixit Nene, whose acting and dance skills has earned her the moniker - Dhak Dhak girl. Dressed in a fitted little black dress, ankle strap stilettos and chunky gold bracelets, Dixit - Nene at 46 and a mother of two, still retains an effervescence and charm that can give the current lot of actresses a run for their money. And it's with that same grace and ease that she faces us to talk about films, life as a mother, her new ventures and more.
What was it about 'Dedh Ishqiya' that propelled you to take it up?
■ I am lucky that a beautiful script like 'Dedh Ishqiya' came my way. When I read the script, I fell in love with Begum Para. I really think Abhishek (Chaubey) has penned my character really well. I had seen Ishqiya and thoroughly enjoyed watching it, especially because of the way he depicted Vidya Balan's character in the film. Also, Arshad Warsi and Naseer saab (Naseeruddin Shah) were brilliant in the first part. So, when I was told that they plan to make a sequel to it, I was excited. I was keen to do the film when Vishal (Bhardwaj) had first approached me, which was way before the script reading sessions. But, it was the strong script of the film that finally appealed to me.
So what is Begum Para like in the film?
■ Para is the Begum of Mehmoodabad, which is a small town in Lucknow. A widow, she is extremely beautiful, poised and graceful. Para loves performing arts, so you will see her dancing, singing and reciting poems.