Madhuri Dixit is, no doubt, one of the most stunning ladies Bollywood has ever seen. While it’s easy to imagine that her beauty renders some men speechless, it’s funny – and kind of adorable – that she got Naseeruddin Shah tongue-tied all those years ago while they were shooting for Rajkumar. On The Front Row with Anupama Chopra this week, we heard of the time when Mr Naseeruddin Shah forgot all his lines, just because Madhuri was looking that good!
Anupama Chopra: Pankaj Parashar, the director of Rajkumar, told me this terrific story about you and Naseeruddin Shah, who was, of course, the villain in the movie. He said there was some seduction scene that you had to do. The rehearsals were all fine, and then you went to do the take and you apparently looked so stunning that Mr. Naseeruddin Shah, the great actor who can recite pages from Shakespeare, forgot his lines. Is this true?
Madhuri Dixit: It happens, actors sometimes forget their lines. But I don’t know if it happened because he found me so beautiful but it’s a great story.
Anupama Chopra: It is a great story. And in Dedh Ishqiya, did he have any such problems?
Madhuri Dixit: No, not at all. I think it was wonderful working with him because I have always looked up to him as an actor. I had seen Masoom and countless other films that he has done and I thought he is a very good actor. So when you work with people like that, when you give your first shot, there is a little something in you that you have to perform well. It’s like you are being judged. He has always admired my work. He has always said he is a fan and now I am working with him so I have to live up to it. That’s the scary part.
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