Madhuri Dixit's decision to move - bag and baggage included - to India, has sparked off all kinds of rumours and speculations.
The actress is shifting base from Denver, USA to Mumbai permanently, early next month along with her husband Dr Shriram Nene
and their sons Ryan and Arin. Dr Nene, a US citizen and a cardiovascular surgeon has never lived in India before. So what gives?
In a telephonic chat, Madhuri clears the air. Read on...
Is recession behind this relocation?
lNot at all. We have been fortunate enough not to be affected by it at all. Ram, is a doctor and he's in a profession that's always going to be much in demand. There have been so many unfortunate families who have been affected by recession and are going through hard times but we are fine. Truth is, Ram has always been fascinated by India and his heart always remained there whenever he's come to Mumbai. He wants to see the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, the Charminar in Hyderabad and the Ajmer Shariff dargah in Rajasthan as he's heard so much about them.
Ram's a US citizen, won't he find the transition difficult?
No. Ram would come to India when he was 12 years old and spend his summers here so he's comfortable with the system. Yes, the transition is difficult and emotional too but once you know what you are doing you can adapt and get used to the change. Also, Ram is easy-going and very friendly by nature, so he can adapt himself to any social and work culture comfortably. He has always loved India and he wants the children to grow up in an Indian culture. My parents, who stay with us, are also keen to come back. They are growing old and are thrilled that they will be returning to their motherland.
What's your state of mind right now?
Shifting from one country to another is physically and emotionally taxing. Right now, I am packing our stuff so we can come back in October. There's a whole gamut of emotions I am going through and there is a lot of packing to do... I have been here for 10 years and have friends here. We had two cats but both passed away last year. The kids are having mixed emotions - they are sad about leaving their best friends behind in the US but are excited as India is a different environment.
Will you sell off your Denver
No. We won't be selling off our beautiful home in Denver. It's a lovely house with a garden and where do you get such space in Mumbai? The world has become a smaller place and one can always go back and forth.
When did you decide to shift base?
It was not a sudden decision nor was it brewing for a long time. I think it was our destiny. When we thought about it we felt maybe it's a good move and everything in life happens in its own time. I have a house in Juhu and we will be staying there.
Do you want to resume a full-time film career again?
I will do something that makes me happy and excites me. Kids will always be my priority. I will never be so busy that I don't have time to look after them.