Its a well known fact that Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla who are sharing screen space for the very first time in Gulaab Gang were once considered arch rivals. Even Juhi confessed to it by saying that she considered Madhuri as her arch rival in their times. Juhi in an interview said that the reason she and Madhuri probably did not work together was because there was lot of competition between female actors at that time. “I would say that earlier there were a few chances when we could have worked together, but at that time I didn’t do the film because Madhuri was there in the films. I thought if she is there, then what would I do? Comparisons were bound to happen, so to avoid all that tension, I didn’t do those films,” said Juhi in a recent interview.
However, Madhuri, who was a bit irritated with Juhi’s statements said that she never considered her Gulaab Gang co-star as a competition. “I 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 (Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Devdas) and Karisma Kapoor (Dil To Pagal Hai). It 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,” the Dedh Ishqiya actor added.
Also, Madhuri Dixit-Nene does not buy into the myth that Bollywood actresses have a short shelf-life or they can’t get work post marriage. “Age is just a number according to me, talent is the same whether you are 10, 20 or 100. I think it gets better with age. I also don’t believe in the myth about married actresses. I think it is crazy. Sharmila Tagore worked after marriage, Rakhiji worked after marriage… Yes, some of them quit but that was their own decision. There were so many who did work. There are no hard and fast rules,” Madhuri told in a recent interview.
Well, if their statements are to go by, it’s kind of obvious that the war between these two ladies is still on. But that doesn’t mean that we would love to see both of ’em sharing a sip of tea alone on a fine Monday morning.. What say, peeps?