BOLLYWOOD superstar Madhuri Dixit, who has made her debut in Marathi cinema with Bucket List, says the regional film industry has evolved in terms of content and production values, which has made it appealing to the young generation. Most young film industry aspirants who live in Mumbai, first target Bollywood instead of trying their luck in Marathi cinema.
Asked about it, Madhuri told IANS, “If you want to try your luck in Marathi film, you have to be Marathi speaking.
If you are not, then you tend to try your luck in Hindi cinema.”
“Also, Marathi films (earlier) did not have the appeal we have today. It is more evolved and more appealing to the young generation. Technically, its production values are no less than a Hindi film.” She said films like Natsamrat, Court and Sairat have come and changed the scenario too.
“Now thanks to the subtitles, more people have access to Marathi films, and you never know how Marathi films will be more appreciated by people in future.”
What stopped her from doing a Marathi film all these years despite knowing the language?
“In my case, in the first place, I had no ambition to become an actress. I was happy doing my dance, acting in school plays, my study and everything. Films happened to me, so I just started with Hindi films and continued doing that.” Madhuri has done her share of female-centric films in the 1990s era. But according to her, now the definition of that genre of films has changed.
“I think writers understand the women better today than in our earlier days. Therefore, they are writing much better characters for us. I think the definition of female-centric cinema has changed now and that is very interesting for all of us. “Earlier it used to be a woman taking revenge, someone who was victimised rising like a phoenix… a woman doing lot of action….Such kind of films were considered female-centric film,” she said.