While there is no question that Madhuri Dixit Nene’s involvement in Dedh Ishqiya has had an attention magnet effect on B-town, the latest is surely to raise a few brows and the bar.
We all know how hard it was for the makers of Dil To Pagal Hai to find a suitable actress for Karishma Kapoor’s roll, especially since there was a dancing competition between the two actresses beyond the roles themselves. Even though Aishwarya matched step for step in Devdas, it’s is now Kangana Ranaut’s to step into the her best dancing shoes as she joins the cast and is said to be paired with Arshad Warsi, while Madame M is with Nasseeruddhin Shah.
“Yes, Madhuri would be doing a lot of singing and dancing,” says director Saab Abhishek Chaubey. He also confirms the two lovely ladies will be sharing ample screen space and platform space for dancing too. An extra treat comes in the form of the background as the Ishqiya director intends to bring back the Nawabi culture that he adored in Mere Mehboob, Mere Huzoor and Nikaah. “Of course, the genre would be contemporized. But the essence of the genre, the flavour of the period, its essence and grace and, most important, the decadence of that Nawabi culture would remain.”
Dedh Ishqiya may well be the sweet box office indulgence of the year.