'Madhuri doesn't deserve to be in my film'

LIKE MANY Bollywood love stories, this one also seems to have come to an end. We speak of choreographer Saroj Khan and one of her favourite dancing queens Madhuri Dixit. The pair churned out many-a-hit in Madhuri's heydays. But now that Saroj is...

By N Anandhi (Contributor)

Published: Mon 28 May 2007, 10:16 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:47 PM

madhuturning director, she has roped in Priyanka Chopra and not Madhuri for the lead role. Surprising, given that once upon a time, the two were thick pals. "Priyanka will be the protagonist in my film Sati A Burning Desire For Love. The rest of cast is yet to be finalised," says Saroj when asked about her film. But touch upon her decision to keep Mrs Nene out of her film and she minces no words. "The movie is not for her. She does not deserve it," she says icily. This after Madhuri expressed an interest in working with her choreographer friend.

The rift, it seems, comes from Saroj's desire that Madhuri put in a word for her at the Yash Raj Films camp. The actress comeback film Aaja Nachle is being produced by the banner and Saroj wanted to choreograph it. However, Yash Raj Films handed over the job to Vaibhavi Merchant, madhi1conveniently ignoring Saroj, known for her hit history with Madhuri. The queen bee of choreography saw the development as betrayal on the actress part.

Not one to wash her dirty linen in public, Madhuri has maintained a stoic silence over the issue. Her longstanding secretary Rikku, however, clarified that the actress did put in a word for Saroj but the ultimate decision wasn't hers to make. It doesn't seem like Saroj has bought the explanation and a thaw doesn't seem likely in the near future. Another Bollywood friendship gone bust.

Meanwhile, Sati A Burning Desire To Love is scheduled to go on floor in August. Written by Makrand Deshpande, it will be the choreographer's first Hindi directorial venture, her first film in the director's seat being a Bhojpuri film Dil Diwana Tohar Gayil.

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