Madhuri Dixit does not believe in the myth that Bollywood actresses have a short shelf-life 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 PTI.
The actress who ruled the industry in the 80’s and 90’s feels compared to early days, woman today have a bigger say in the industry.
“There was a time in films when I never saw a female assistant director, camera person or make-up person. There were very few women directors who you could count on your fingers. Now there are so many women working in different aspects of filmmaking. There are talented women directors like Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti. The sensibilities are changing,” the actress said.
The actress feels new age directors should be given credit for thinking beyond stereotypes when it comes to female performers.
“The new age directors see women in a different light and write good roles for women. They are no longer caricatures of say an avenger, a victim, or an eye candy. They are people, they are characters.
“What is amazing is that this is happening in mainstream. I liked what Deepika (Padukone) did in ‘Cocktail’ and ‘Chennai Express’. I like this change and I think it is in the right direction,” she said.
Madhuri loves her role in Gulab gang as the film comes with a message.
“My character is a vigilante who has a group of ladies with her. They help fight social injustices while working for women empowerment through education. It is a strong role and I had lot of fun doing action for the first time.”