Marathi Cinema is in its Golden Phase: Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri made her acting debut three decades ago, but it took her over three decades to star in a Marathi film.

“I was waiting for the right Marathi script to come my way. This is a great story. It is about every day women and the way she gets lost. She forgets who she is as she does things for her family. When she gets on this journey and tries to complete a bucket list of someone else, she finds herself. I was a housewife for a brief period and they all go through this. I think they all would relate to this,” Madhuri said.

With this film, Madhuri has again collaborated with her Hum Aapke Hain Koun co-star Renuka Shahane after a gap of 24 years, and with Ranbir Kapoor, who has a guest appearance in the movie. 

“It was wonderful working with both of them. I first met Renuka on the sets of Hum Aapke Hain Koun and we got along immediately. We both are from Maharashtra and had the same cultural background. I was happy working with her again. Our relationship is different in this film. We share an emotional bond in this film. Ranbir is one of my favourite actors. I appreciate his work. We had a great time. He was gracious to do this film. He is a charming boy,” Madhuri said.

When mainstream stars take on regional scripts, its an immediate hit on ticket sales and it also increases their range of viewers by about fifteen-fold. Here are three more actresses that have excelled in regional cinema: 

* Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: What many of us might not know is that she has also acted in Tamil films. In fact, her debut in cinema was with a Tamil film, Iruvar .  She is a celebrated Tollywood actress. And you will be surprised to know that she has done a Bengali film as well! 

* Juhi Chawla: Juhi Chawla wowed Bollywood in the '90s with her beautiful smile and her impeccable comic timing. She has acted in various South Indian movies as well.  

* Sushmita Sen: Yes, the beautiful and enigmatic Miss Universe has also done a couple of films for Tollywood. She has acted in Tamil movies and has created a niche for herself there as well. Her performance in Ratchagan was much applauded.