Madhuri dixit on bucket list, ranbir kapoor’s cameo, ‘ek do teen’ controversy and total dhamaal- entertainment news, firstpost gas ninjas

It is a wonderful time for me, my career, I couldn’t have asked for more. Bucket List is a quirky, slice-of-life film where I am playing a housewife. She has lost her own identity while taking care of her husband, children and the entire family, and when she tries to fulfil the bucket list, there is a kind of self-realisation. It is a simple story. She has simple dreams but there is lot of joy in the film. You will smile throughout thinking that how this woman, who is so domesticated and has rarely stepped out of her house, goes on this journey. Total Dhamaal is a mad screwball comedy and Kalank is a classic period film.

Well, I used to have certain goals in life, say for instance, winning various competitions in school. I remember, I was hugely disappointed when I got the second prize for my first inter school competition where I performed kathak. My mom told me to participate again the next year and win the trophy, and for three consecutive years I came back with a trophy!

( Laughs out loud) No, no I won’t call it payback because he did it with utmost honesty and he immediately agreed. We were all surprised. People were going mad seeing Ranbir on the sets of a Marathi film and I had to keep telling them to work and not just stare at him. He is a very charming person. I had to make just one phone call and he said, “Yes, of course, I will do it.”

It has become far more professional. Earlier, we used to do three shifts and shoot so many films simultaneously but these days most actors do just one movie at a time, though due to circumstances I am currently doing two — Total Dhamaal and Kalank. There is a lot of discipline, the script is always ready and a lot of work goes into characters, like what they should be wearing, their make-up, hair style etc. Actors today don’t have to make too much effort. But the biggest development is having vanity vans that didn’t exist earlier and it was very inconvenient for the actresses. And what hasn’t changed is the effort to deliver a good performance.

It was the same even in those days, nothing has changed on that front. Everybody has their eyes glued to box office numbers. Been there done that, I am not trying to prove anything. I am just trying to play different characters and hone my art, and if the film works, that’s great.

Even in my heydays, I wouldn’t get into this number game. I always said that we are not horses competing on a race course. It is art and one should appreciate what we bring on screen. Alia looked like a kid in her first film but after that she has gone on to play such varied roles with Udta Punjab, Raazi…so when we start giving her a number, it is in a way insulting her. Then, I loved Priyanka and Deepika in Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani, Padmaavat…they have played such beautiful parts.

I don’t think too much because I can’t change the time period. Also, I live in the present and don’t believe in looking back. But yes, considering the conditions that we worked in and shot our movies, I think we made some very good films. But definitely today work conditions are much better and this is how it should be.

Well, nobody asked me anything, people just kept writing about it. Also, at that time I was out of the country. I haven’t seen Jacqueline’s version. But I would like to say that I love Jacqueline, she is a very sweet girl and I like her dance style. So when I will watch her version, I am sure that I will like it. I don’t mind remakes or remixes. It is like paying tribute to old songs and that also increases the longevity of a popular song. It is just that people have been watching my version of ‘Ek Do Teen’ for several years so there is a kind of attachment to it and they want certain songs and dance to remain untouched. But it is up to the makers. For Total Dhamaal, we have also done a remix of a song from Karz – ‘Paisa Ye Paisa’ which goes very well with our story because our story is about paisa and greed.

This happens with each generation. Today, they say that we were better as compared to the current lot of actresses and during my time we were told that we were not as skilled and proficient in dance as Vyjayanthimala. Today techniques have changed, songs are edited at a rapid pace. Earlier they would pause on an actor’s face which doesn’t happen now and therefore people from the older generation feel it is not the same.

Sometimes you have to take a pause in life and prioritise things. At that time my children, my family came first. My children are growing up, they are approaching teens so they needed me. Once everything was settled, I pressed the play button but rewind will never happen ( s miles).