Abhishek Chaubey who’s done a great job with Ishqiya will soon be back with another brilliant movie on love, Dedh Ishqiya, this time with Madhuri Dixit replacing Vidya Balan. In a recent interview with the media Abhishek talks all about the movie, how it is more complicated than Ishqiya and how it was a great experience working with Madhuri Dixit.
This time, he says the movie will have a surreal touch to it. “The one thing that attracted me to the story is that we were creating an alternate world in ‘Dedh Ishqiya’. Unlike the original, which was rooted in reality, this film is a flight of fancy. We have created this world through the character of begum Para (Madhuri) who is extremely desirable, beautiful,cultured and sophisticate but yet there is a mystery to her” Abhishek Chaubey says.
Talking about the really beautiful settings of the movie Abhishek says, “The setting is inspired by the culture of Awadh. It was decadent but had lot of music, poetry and colour. Something beautiful died with its decline. We have tried to merge that culture with very modern sensibilities.”
And naturally, he was delighted to work with Madhuri Dixit. “She was top on our list even when we had not written a word about the story. Once we had a basic outline, we reached out to her and she agreed. It was a big impetus to us because when a star of her calibre and talent agrees, it creates some enthusiasm” he says, talking about working with her.
“Working with her was a delight. She is no fuss kind of actor, a director’s actor. She likes to come on set and let her director fill her up with the information and with what he is expecting from the scene at that moment. She is a born performer.” Abhishek adds.