Madhuri Dixit's name still makes hearts go Dhak Dhak. TWF correspondent Sreya Basu catches up with the diva on her beauty regime, childhood and more as she was seen promoting anti-aging products in Mumbai
Do you think Indian women have time to follow an anti-aging regime?
Every woman has one big issue and that is, they don't have time for themselves, especially when they have kids, a job, a husband and a house to take care of. But you have to have at least 5 minutes to take care of your skin.
You were recently spotted at the launch of new Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex product. What made you endorse an anti-aging cream?
All Olay products are really good ... they have won many awards internationally and nationally and are very much in demand. Since many women across the world have used these products and are satisfied with the results, I decided to endorse their new cream as well.
Do you think anti-aging creams are necessary after a certain age?
See you can remain fit and look beautiful at any age. There is a lot that goes into it ... like a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating and exercise. But I think if you really want to target your expression lines then I recommend you try products like this because it has amino peptides, bio peptides and Vitamin B3 which gives you the instant look of reduced lines.
Do you use the anti-aging products that you endorse?
Yes I too wear it (Olay cream) under my make-up.
What do you do to your face to look young?
What I basically do is: I wake up in the morning, wash my face with a face wash, then I go into serum, then I apply Wrinkle Revolution Complex on my problem areas and then apply (Olay) moisturizer with SPF 15 ... SPF is a very, very important regime.
Do you cook regularly?
Yes I do, but I can't cook fast. In Indian cooking, there are so many steps, I don't think you can achieve that in say, 10 minutes. Even while making a sandwich there are so many things involved like cutting vegetables that it takes little more than 10 minutes.
Do you fight with your husband (Dr Shriram Nene)?
Yes, and it sometimes goes on for days.
How was your childhood?
My childhood was one of the best periods of my life. I spent my early days in JB Nagar, a suburb in Mumbai and went to Divine Child High School. I was a friendly kid and had lots of friends. I was into dancing since then. I used to take part in Kathak competitions and win trophies.
Did you always want to be an actress?
No, I wanted to be a microbiologist. It was while working in Abodh (1984) that I started taking interest in acting and realized that this is what I should be doing.
How do you evaluate yourself as an actress?
I have lived life on my own terms and I am my own critic. There are times when while watching a film of mine, I feel I could have done a particular scene better. But one thing is for sure, I have always worked with all my heart, I have never been dishonest to my profession. Even when I decided to get married (1999), I informed all my producers.