Madhuri Dixit Nene is looking forward to a time when actresses, post marriage or pregnancy, are not asked about when they would make a “comeback” to films.
“When a hero is away from a screen for a long time, no one asks him when he would be making a comeback, but actresses have to face this question, ‘When are you coming back in films?’ every single time,” she slammed.
“If actresses are not doing films for sometime, it’s their personal choice. Don’t constantly ask them about their return to showbiz or films. Like other people, our priorities also differ from time to time,” the veteran actress continued.
Be it during the time of her marriage with Shriram Madhav Nene in 1999 or after the birth of her sons Arin (2003) and Raayan (2005), Madhuri took a break from movies to devote time to her personal life.
“I have been asked about my comeback so many times... I didn’t work for years and there was one mandatory comeback question always asked to me. I don’t know what to say about it, but now I hope this thing will change in future and there will be no more ‘comeback’ questions being imposed to working women,” she continued.
The 51-year-old took a break of five years after starring in 2002’s ‘Devdas’. In 2007, she came back on-screen with ‘Aaja Nachle’ and then was away from films for seven years before featuring in ‘Gulaab Gang’ in 2014.
She has just featured in the comedy entertainer ‘Total Dhamaal’, out now in the UAE.
Taking a break was very much a conscious decision for her.
“It was not that I took a complete break from the industry or was not associated with the industry... I was just not doing films for sometime. I was not really away from the industry for a long time. People just have a perception that I took a long break.
“I wanted to enjoy new phases of my life. I wanted to have kids, and apart from work, I have had other dreams for myself which I wanted to fulfill. I love my sons and I wanted to spend good quality time with them during their initial years. So after giving birth to my sons, I didn’t do films,” she added.
Having started her career in Bollywood with film ‘Abodh’ in 1984, the actress owns a huge body of work despite her sporadic appearances on-screen post-2000.
Not only films, she has featured in several reality TV shows as a judge. She was a part of shows like ‘Dance Deewane’ and “‘Jhalak Dikhhla Ja’, owing to her dancing skills.