Two contemporaries of Bollywood - Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla have never worked together in the past as both were doing well in their respective careers. But years later, they have now joined hands and are all set to play interesting villain roles in 'Gulaab Gang.'
While Juhi claims that the reason they did not work together is due to high competition during their time, Madhuri thinks differently.
â€œI 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, Aishwarya Rai and Karishma Kapoor,â€ Madhuri said in an interview.
At 46, the actor says it was inspiring to see Juhi at work in 'Gulaab Gang'. They share several very tight scenes together.
â€œIt 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,â€ says Madhuri.
In the film, she is playing the role of a justice seeker along with a group of women fighting against social injustice.
â€œIt is a strong role. 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,â€ quoted the actor.
â€œMy character believes that rod is God. She has her goals straight and then there is Juhi who plays this negative, mean and power-hungry politician. I feel it could have been two men but they happen to be two women,â€ states Madhuri.
The starlet is glad that she returned to Bollywood at a time when there are changes in the outlook towards women.
â€œTimes 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 make-up artist. There were women directors but you could count them on your fingers,â€ recalls the actor.
â€œThe 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 did in 'Cocktail' and even in 'Chennai Express' where her role was equally important to that of Shahrukh Khan. This change is nice and a step in the right direction,â€ she says.
The actor has so much on her plate right now. Apart from acting, she is a mother of two and a wife; and is carrying off her responsibilities with ease.
Way to go Madhuri!