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Roja all over again



Madhoo is back.

IN THE limited scope of today's Bollywood films, Madhoo arguably gave us diverse shades. If in Phool Aur Kaante, she was the typical college goer with anger at the tip of her nose, resisting hard the wooing tactics of fellow collegian Ajay Devgan, then in Pehchan, she was pure substance even in the role of a bar dancer (let's give her the licence in this role to do that raunchy number "Dhire Dhire" in this Deepak Shivdasani film.)

But in Roja she gave her best shot. With minimum make-up, emotive eyes, superb body language, she lived up to ace director Mani Ratnam's direction as a newlywed wife desperate to bring back her husband from the jaws of death.

And then, Madhoo disappeared. From celluloid. Into the days of matrimony and maternity.

So, when this coming Friday she returns to her audience, one takes note. The medium this time is the small screen and not its elder cousin. "I don't look at it at whether I want to do television roles or not. It is the role that matters," the actress remarks of her comeback venture. The role is that of Goddess Durga on Sony TV's Friday serial Devi.

"When I was offered the role of Durga Ma, I just said yes. Because, I always wanted to play the Goddess. There is no reason I can think of as to why I wanted to do it particularly though," she says. The storyline is, Goddess Durga descends on Mother Earth as a human being to protect her devotee from evil powers. Madhoo says, some years back, a feature film was offered to her with the role of Durga, "but the film never took off."

So here descends a sort of dream role for the lady. "Also, I have to spare only two or three days for the role. It is a special appearance," she adds.

Hindi film

Though most consider this her comeback vehicle, she would like to wait till March next year to use that term. "I will be coming in a Hindi feature film then. The name of the film is Katchi Sadak and my co-stars are Mukesh Tiwari and Rahul Singh," she says. Having children to spend time with, a household to take care of, she says she would never compromise on these for work.

But supposing it were a film with Shah Rukh Khan, whom she feels is "a real good actor"? Well, the lady wouldn't mind taking a shot at it. And if it is a Mani Ratnam venture, she says it would be the proverbial icing on the cake.

SANGEETA BAROOAH PISHAROTY

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