The dance of life

Filmfare|July 2020

The dance of life
MADHURI DIXIT-NENE RETRACES HER STEPS TO RECALL HER ICONIC DANCES AND MORE… WITH JITESH PILLAAI
JITESH PILLAAI

Rhythm is her hallmark. In every phase of her career and life, Madhuri Dixit-Nene has waltzed to her own beat. She’s just celebrated her 53rd birthday. And just like her dazzling smile, her charisma is timeless. Her talent is in perpetual pursuit of newer platforms of expression. The lockdown, in fact, has helped her tap new reserves. Organised by her academy, Dance With Madhuri (DWM), she recently hosted an online dance festival to help people beat the blues and learn new dance forms. She cut her first single Candle, where she sings of hope and happiness. The virtual auditions of her dance show, Dance Deewane, have kicked off from home… For Madhuri Dixit Nene the show never stops. Excerpts from an intimate conversation with the diva…

WHAT’S YOUR ROUTINE DURING LOCKDOWN?

Initially, it was hard to get into a routine. You try to understand the new situation from every angle. The harm the virus has caused, the economy being flattened, lives disrupted… Kids have also got onto virtual learning. It’s not a bad thing but the kids (referring to sons Arin and Ryan) suddenly have to plan everything for themselves. But I’m proud of them. Initially, it was hard for me too. We don’t know how long it will go on. So I started my riyaz. I practise singing with my mother in the evening. We’re trying to keep ourselves occupied doing something constructive. On the brighter side, you have more time with your family now. Earlier, one often complained about not being able to do so many things. (Smiles) After a long time, I read a book - Born A Crime (by Trevor Noah).

YOU HAVE A TALENT FOR SINGING AS WELL…

I won’t say I’m a professional singer. But I do sing. It’s because of my mother. She used to sing classical music. She did her masters in vocal Hindustani classical music. She’d urge me to learn from her. But for me, kathak was the ultimate thing. I’d sing with her sometimes. I enjoyed being on stage in school. Being a convent, I’d sing English songs. Of course, I love Hindi music. Actually, I love all kinds of music.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MOTHER OF TWO TEENAGE BOYS?

When you have teenagers at home, it’s a different world altogether. They’re also going through so many changes. In their bodies, in their thinking, everything… so it’s a challenge as a parent. But I’m enjoying it. I want to be as close to them as possible. Another year and the older one (Arin) will be in college. I want to spend as much time as I can with them. Right now, they’re busy with school work. They spend time with friends on Skype and Zoom. They play games online.

HOW MUCH ARE THEY LIKE RAM AND YOU?

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