Even though there's a buzz every time she returns to the country, Madhuri Dixit Nene says that she has become immune to it.
She lived her life under the limelight for almost two decades before bidding it adieu for a married life in the US, with Dr Sriram Nene. While in Delhi to walk for the Couture Week, she told us that she doesn't miss either life when she is living the other. "It's something I have gotten used to, this coming in and going out. After the show-sha of this place, I like going back to the peace and quiet of my family. Don't get me wrong - I like both worlds. I enjoy being anonymous and I enjoy being centre-stage too. When I go there, the mom takes over. But when I am here, I am just the actress," said Madhuri.
But in both the worlds, Mads insists that she doesn't live even a bit of the other character. "Nothing changes. Once I reach there, it's all about my children and family. It's everyday. I become a complete mom. My kids have to go to school at eight, so I have to wake up early. I don't have time to think about anything else.
The only thought is getting the kids up on time, picking them from school at three, getting their homework done and then having dinner. Then it's the same cycle again the next day. Except the weekends, when it's different. On school days, they don't want to wake up on time and on a holiday, they wake up at six and say, 'Mom, I'm hungry!'
Madhuri asserts that her family life is really normal, but she does say that the neighbours sporadically remind her that she is a known face back home. She says, "Yes, the neighbours do ask me about my work. Sometimes I show them clippings if they are interested. They see the clips on the internet too. And the American guys are very kicked about it - that they know a celebrity. And then there's a flurry of people who knock on the door or come and meet me for a while."
But it seems that Madhuri is getting ready to come back to the greasepaint routine as there have been reports of Vishal Bhardwaj approaching her for his next, "Dedh Ishqiya". While Madhuri insists that nothing has been discussed with respect to the project, she says that she is looking forward to acting again, but only if her family is comfortable with the idea. She says, "I have done a movie in the past too, but if I do that again, I have to make sure that everyone in my family is comfortable and I have to manage that."
Which also includes her hubby Dr Sriram Nene. But he has no objections to her taking up any new projects, says the actress. At this point, she gets a call from hubby and she chats with him in Marathi before telling him that she will finish the interview soon and call him back. Talking about him, she says, "He was here for 15 days during "Jhalak..." with the kids because it was vacation time for them. He saw how it was shot. And he's comfortable with the idea of me doing a movie. He's not the serious kinds that people think he is. In fact, he's not very serious if you get to know him. He jumps from cliffs, and does stuff like that. He loves adventure. He is very different from the image we have of a doctor. We are a team. We always think of ourselves as a team. We will do whatever makes us happy. He says that if you want to work in movies, it'll make me happy and if you don't want to, I am happy. We work as a team like that."