“Before, it was an all-male crew. Now…”

Madhuri Dixit shared this image. (courtesy: madhuridixitnene)

Strong points

  • Madhuri and Sanjay Kapoor co-star in The Fame Game
  • “Now it’s all about the media,” Madhuri said
  • “It can get tiring but it’s fun,” she added.

New Delhi:

Almost 40 years after the 1984 film Tezaab made her a star, Madhuri Dixit is about to make her debut – the 54-year-old actress is starring in the upcoming web series The fame game alongside Sanjay Kapoor, his co-star in the hit film Raja. The fame game features Madhuri as a famous actress who disappears with Sanjay as her unhappy, or maybe not so unhappy husband. Speaking to NDTV, Madhuri and Sanjay explained how life on and off set has changed since they made Raja in 1995. Perhaps the most visible change is the way movies and shows are now promoted – publicity duty for every project involves a media blitz.

“Before, when we were doing movies, we were shooting the movie and doing a press handful. We were promoting the songs and doing interviews with certain magazines. Now we have to do a plethora of things, magazines, websites , now it’s all about the media. It can get tiring but it’s fun,” Madhuri Dixit told NDTV.

What really stands out for Madhuri Dixit by then is the increased female presence on set. “I have to add that when I started filming, the only women on set were me, my co-stars and my hairdresser. That’s it, no other women on set. Before, it was a all-male team. Now, when you go on a film set, the assistant directors are women and some cameramen too. Now, women do the writing, the directing. The fame game is co-directed by a woman, Karishma Kohli did a few episodes with Bejoy Nambiar. It’s very encouraging to see this change,” she said.

Sanjay Kapoor shared some anecdotes about how technology has changed since the sets of Raja until now. “We’ve seen the old days and we’re seeing new days. We’ve seen both worlds. I still remember it was a big deal when the first time a monitor came on the sets of a movie, until then, we depended on the director. , who depended on the cameraman. Life was going on at the time, great films were already being made. When we started shooting for Raja, there were no monitors or vanity vans, the monitors arrived at the film sets towards the end of Raja’s filming,” the actor told NDTV.

Madhuri Dixit approves and has adapted to new-age promotions and social networks. “Things are different now, but I like it, I appreciate everything,” she said.

That’s not to say a dose of nostalgia isn’t appreciated. Madhuri and Sanjay recently thrilled the internet by dancing to Ankhiyaan Milaoon Kabhi from Raja at a party – “Back to the 90s”, Sanjay captioned the clip:

Back to the 90s indeed – The fame game hits Netflix on February 25.