I am obsessed with Madhuri: Bhansali

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 23, 2011 04:26 hrs

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali says that he is "obsessed" with  Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit, perhaps even more than M F Hussain.

"In my every film I wanted to direct Madhuri... right from Khamoshi to this date. I am obsessed with her. No other director is as obsessed as me about Madhuri," said Bhansali.

Madhuri essayed the role of Chandramukhi in Bhansali's Devdas (2002).

"I waited for two-and-half years during Khamoshi at her door to ask her to read the script but I couldn't get through to her. So I made the film without her. During Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam also I tried but it did not happen. Then I ensured that in Devdas, Madhuri was there," the 48-year-old director said.

"When we were doing the film she called saying she was getting married and asked if I (still) wanted her in film. I said even if you are married or have a child I want you to play Chandramukhi," he added.

But Bhansali was upset that he had to wait for four years to see Madhuri -- who was one of the judges for the fourth season of Jhalak Dikhla Jaa -- performing.

"I waited for four years as a director to see her dance as Chandramukhi, whereas in Jhalak Dihkla Jaa the contestants got to see her every two minutes. I was very upset. This is unfair. I waited for four years for her. She is such a great and natural artist. She lights up the performance," Bhansali said.

"With our busy schedules, we couldn't meet up (when he made his latest, Guzaarish). But we did speak on phone. She saw Guzaarish and called me saying she loved it. It meant a lot to me when she said she loved every minute of the film," Bhansali said.

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