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All for emotions, all for home...

Madhuri Dixit is turning a new leaf. Not just with "Devdas" but also with "Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai", a nice, heart-warming show on Sony TV that promises to take you to your soul-mate. She was in Delhi this past week on a whistle-stop trip whereRANA A. SIDDIQUI caught up with her to know the latest in the life of Madhuri Dixit, enjoying every moment of bliss with her husband. Want to know what turns on the head-turner? Read on... .

SHRIRAM NENE is a lucky man. Real lucky, one must say. After all, he has played the heart-breaker to millions of Madhuri Dixit fans by slipping in the wedding ring in the dainty finger which the Bollywood heartthrob had used to win over millions of fans. What's more, he has survived the not-so-serious curses of many of those fans. Survived? Well that is what his wife Madhuri Dixit has done as well. And much more.

She has in fact thrived in the industry which at the beginning of her career rather uncharitably dubbed her as Madhuri Jinx-it. But one hit - "Tezaab" - later the same people had forgotten "Abodh", "Hifazat", `Uttar Dakshin" and a handful of other duds with which the ethereal Madhuri had begun her career.

Now the woman who inspired the best human emotion in M.F. Husain is turning a new leaf in her career. And promising to change your life too - all through a Sony TV show which promises to take you to your soul-mate. That is not all on her mind.


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"Devdas", a milestone in her illustrious career, has just kissed the silver screen and the lady is radiant as ever in the film. As she is when she settles down to a conversation with the media even as she dips her fingers into rice and curry, the Indian way.

She is a typical Indian girl without airs. She does not mind taking rice and curry with hand, licking her fingers and boasting about it! "I love eating like this. I always eat like that only. It gives you the real pleasure and the taste of food," and let Shriram Nene, her husband, whom she prefers calling "Ram", who is a US-born, brought-up and based surgeon, give her a meaningful smile while spreading a napkin on his lap and taking fork to relish his share of rice.

"I am so hungry. I did not have anything since 9 0'clock in the morning,'" she says while having her morsels the Indian way. "I still have not learnt the Indian way of taking food though most of my folks are Indians and my roots are here only," he gives his own reason to take meal his own way in the American accent. They both are having their lunch at 4 0'clock at The Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi.

"I have to fly to Mumbai at 4-30," she tells you while asking you to join her then and there and shoot queries. Madhuri is here for the launch of "Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai," a reality show by Sony Entertainment Television that changes its name from "Shubh Vivah". Madhuri hosts this matrimonial show that goes on the air on July 29.

Clad in bright red sari that sparkles with its broad flowery design, Madhuri looks like a new bride, despite her age that sneaks only when she stops flashing her trademark grin that still has a good fan following. She looks younger off screen and comes across content with life.

"I do not miss Mumbai at all when I go to the U.S. Here I have lived my life, there I still have to. Here, I have my own people. I am welcome whenever I come there I have my Ram with me. So life on both sides of the world is so beautiful," and Madhuri keeps mentioning him as a "perfect husband."

Mention "Devdas" to her and surprisingly, enthusiasm does not show on her face much. "I just read the script and liked it. The role of Chandramukhi that I play was narrated to me by Sanjay Bhansali. I knew nothing about her," she tells honestly. Did she read the book by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay on which the film is based? "No, I preferred not to. Because if you read a book you develop your own interpretation of a character. Take for example, I read a lot about Harry Potter. So I had my own interpretations of him. But when I went to watch him on screen, he was entirely different from my imagination. I was little conscious hence. If I had read the book, I might have developed my own versions of Chandramukhi. So I preferred playing the director's Chandramukhi. Now only audience can gauge how close have I come to the real Chandramukhi." But she definitely loved to portray her because, "Chandramukhi's is a very mature character for she has seen more in her life than any other woman might have. Still she has much resilience. She belongs to a relegated category but she possesses a golden heart. Playing such a role was an excellent experience." But she adds that Chandramukhi is not her "dream role".

Her first film "Abodh" saw her in an innocent role and "Devdas" in a very mature one.

She goes down memory lane: "Yes. A lot of transition has taken place in me since then. I have learnt a lot and I have always tried to better myself. Now when I see myself, I realise that I actually could manage to get what I wanted, a home, a hubby and lots of love."

It is here that Ram speaks about her: "I think she is very dedicated actress. But for me she is not a star. She is a just a woman, a good wife who cooks well. Beauty fades with time but I think her beauty will never age. For it keeps an intelligent mind behind the gloss. The beauty of this realisation dominates my thoughts," he says leaving Madhuri mesmerised but she chimes in, "Oh! Here he has to say it. Otherwise the next food he eats from my hand is burnt," she laughs while Ram is not able to understand what she says. "No, no, no," he understands the English part of it.

Ram also tells you that if both spouses have high intensity jobs, the compatibility is the only solution and that he has to perfection with her.

Madhuri likes to talk about her debut small screen presence. "I found the idea unique. Though I kept getting offers from different channels to host their shows I liked it best because it is about joining people, caring for their emotions and contributing to the society," she says. Madhuri will also attend those marriages that take place through this show. It not about marriage but about selecting the right spouse, she adds. "It is a good idea. One must make such shows," Ram also chips in.

"Are we done?" she asks politely and reminds you that she has to fly in a few minutes. In a jiffy you leave the lovey-dovey couple to enjoy their moments of togetherness.

Photos: M. Lakshman.

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