#ThrowbackThursday: Madhuri Dixit reminisces about her ‘Devdas’ experience

Can you believe it has been 16 years since Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’ released? Neither can we! The romantic drama starred Shah Rukh Khan as Devdas, Madhuri Dixit Nene as Chandramukhi and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Paro in the lead.

Madhuri recently walked down the memory lane and shared a picture from the sets of ‘Devdas’ on Twitter. She captioned it as, “Throwback to #Devdas which will always be a film very close to my heart! From working with all the talented actors and technicians, to the dances, to wearing some of the finest outfits and excellent performances. It was so much fun to be a part of this beautifully crafted film #16YearsOfDevdas @iamsrk #SanjayLeelaBhansali @aishwaryaraibachchan_arb.”

Check it out below:

Just look at how attentively SRK and Madhuri are listening to SLB!

In an old interview with Rediff.com, Madhuri had spoken about her character. “Chandramukhi is a very poignant, very feminine character. If I were to compare this role, I would probably compare with Rekhaji’s role in ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikander’,” she had said.

She added, “Being a dancing girl’s role, my Kathak training stood me in good stead. The song Kahe chhed mohe was choreographed by the legendary Birju Maharaj. I have sung the kavith channs for this mujra. It has a different, more classical feel compared to the regular film ones.”

‘Devdas’ was based on the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novel of the same name.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Madhuri Dixit reminisces about her ‘Devdas’ experience

Can you believe it has been 16 years since Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’ released? Neither can we! The romantic drama starred Shah Rukh Khan as Devdas, Madhuri Dixit Nene as Chandramukhi and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Paro in the lead.

Madhuri recently walked down the memory lane and shared a picture from the sets of ‘Devdas’ on Twitter. She captioned it as, “Throwback to #Devdas which will always be a film very close to my heart! From working with all the talented actors and technicians, to the dances, to wearing some of the finest outfits and excellent performances. It was so much fun to be a part of this beautifully crafted film #16YearsOfDevdas @iamsrk #SanjayLeelaBhansali @aishwaryaraibachchan_arb.”

Check it out below:

Just look at how attentively SRK and Madhuri are listening to SLB!

In an old interview with Rediff.com, Madhuri had spoken about her character. “Chandramukhi is a very poignant, very feminine character. If I were to compare this role, I would probably compare with Rekhaji’s role in ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikander’,” she had said.

She added, “Being a dancing girl’s role, my Kathak training stood me in good stead. The song Kahe chhed mohe was choreographed by the legendary Birju Maharaj. I have sung the kavith channs for this mujra. It has a different, more classical feel compared to the regular film ones.”

‘Devdas’ was based on the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novel of the same name.

Also ReadFamous dialogues from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Devdas’

Did you know Anil Kapoor was once known as AK Rao?

Did you know Anil Kapoor was once known as AK Rao?
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Stars changing their name’s spelling according to astrology for bringing in good luck have been a popular trend in Bollywood. However, there were also a few actors who changed their names in order to gain mass appeal.

While he is a big name in Bollywood now but very few would know that our Jhakkas actor Anil Kapoor had once tried his luck down South when he was starting off in his career. However, back then in the Southern industry, the actors followed the trend of changing their names and even Anil succumbed to these pressures.

Reminiscing about his habit of changing names, the actor shared, “When I started off my career, I was doing small roles in Bollywood, I was not getting the kind of roles I wanted to do. So, again and again, I was being offered these small roles only but then I got an offer from Bapu sir for a leading man for Telugu film ‘Vamsa Vruksham’. I was like ‘I will settle here only if I was not getting work in Hindi cinema’. If I would have retained my name as Anil Kapoor, then it would give that North Indian flavour. That time popular actors down south were like NT Rama Rao, Nageshwar Rao so I kept my name as AK Rao.”

Anil went on to add further, “Then after that Telugu film I got to do a Mani Ratnam movie ‘Pallavi Anu Pallavi’. Later I started getting work here (in Bollywood) and things changed. I wanted to work, so if a change in name could get me to work, then I was willing to do that.”

You will be surprised to know that AK Rao was not the only name that Anil used. He even used his elder brother Boney Kapoor’s name to get a job!

Laughing at the incident where he used Boney’s name, Anil shared, “Before I started working as AK Rao, I did one show where I had called myself Achal Kapoor, which is Boney’s real name. I thought that maybe because of the name, I wasn’t getting any work. That’s when I decided to stick to my own name, Anil Kapoor.

We are glad that we came across this story or else we would have never known about this interesting phase in Anil’s life. What about you guys?

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This incident with Salman Khan embarrasses Janhvi Kapoor now!

This incident with Salman Khan embarrasses Janhvi Kapoor now!

Late actress Sridevi‘s daughter, Janhvi Kapoor, is going out and about to promote her Bollywood debut film ‘Dhadak’ opposite Ishaan Khatter. During the promotions, the debutante actress revealed many unknown facts, few memories and her desire to be an actor since childhood. In a recent interview with Deccan Chronicle, Janhvi reminicised her childhood days when she would join dad Boney Kapoor on the sets.

Recalling the time when her daddy cool was shooting for ‘Wanted’, Janhvi said, “Once when I visited the sets of ‘Wanted’, Prabhudeva was rehearsing a dance sequence with Salman Khan and Katrina. I was around 10 or 12 then. I crept into the room where the dancing was taking place. I was so fond of dancing that I couldn’t resist myself. I stood in the corner, swaying to the beats of the song.”

The young girl added, “I was busy enjoying dancing and didn’t realise Salman had spotted me. He called me and asked me to dance in the middle of the room. I went ahead and danced happily, while the others stood around me. Back then I thought they were all appreciating my moves but when I think about it today, I’m so embarrassed! God knows what they would have been thinking!”

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By far what we have seen in ‘Dhadak’, we are sure that the actress has a potential to be a good dancer like her gym-buddy, Katrina Kaif. What do you think?

Meanwhile, speaking about her debut film ‘Dhadak’, it is the remake of famous Marathi movie ‘Sairat’. Directed by Shashank Khaitan, Janhvi-Ishaan starrer is set to release on July 20.


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