I missed Saroj Khan: Madhuri

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2007 13:07 hrs

Mumbai: Bollywood queen Madhuri Dixit, who is making a comeback after a long hiatus with Aaja Nachle, scheduled to premiere in theatres this Friday, confesses that she missed choreographer Saroj Khan during the making of her comeback film.

"Obviously, I missed her during the making of the film. I am a big fan of Saroj Khan," says the dancing diva, who regards Saroj Khan as her guru and mentor.

"My name is always synonymous with Sarojji and her dances," Madhuri told PTI in an exclusive interview. Vaibhavi Merchant, who choreographed the hit number Kajra re has directed Madhuri's dance sequences in Aaja Nachle, which previously was rumoured to have been reserved for Saroj Khan.

The Dhak Dhak girl, however, maintains that Vaibhavi has also done a very good job in the film. "She has worked very hard on this movie and has done very good choreography, says the actress who was last seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's magnum opus Devdas where she essayed the role of a courtesan and won applause for her performance especially her dances.

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Madhuri, who is acknowledged to be one of greatest dancers Bollywood has ever had, admits that Vaibhavi might not have had things easy because of her superstar status. "She has watched me do all kind of dances from Ek Do Teen (from Tezaab) to Hum Ko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar (from Sailaab), so she knows the body of my work in the past. And somewhere in her mind she knew that she has to rise about all that, and do something, if not better than at least, equal to what I have done in the past," says the dancing diva.

Madhuri or 'Mads' as she is fondly called by the media says, "Vaibhavi has come up with some very good steps in the film and I think she could get the best out of me as a dancer." A choreographer, she says must get the best out of her because for Madhuri dancing is not just an 'add on' to sell a film but something very personal and spiritual.

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"For me dancing is not just moving your arms and legs but basically it's a very spiritual experience. It's part of me and a second nature to me. You can say it is in my blood," quips the actress who is also a trained dancer.

She left the industry when her career was at its peak to marry a US-based doctor. Now blessed with two sons Arin and Ryan, whom she thinks have grown up enough, she says the time is right to come back to where she belongs, into the world of Hindi films.

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