Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene, who is gearing up for her streaming film ‘Maja Ma’, recently spoke about the changes she has seen in recent years about how the Hindi film industry, also known as Bollywood, has changed over time.
Speaking to IANS, the actress, who plays a Gujarati housewife in the film, said: “In the past, the Hindi film industry was very disorganized and incoherent, except for a few productions such as Yash Raj Films, Subhash Ghai’s Production or Rajshri Production, which are very organized in their approach. But now that the corporate culture has emerged in the movies, things are much more streamlined these days.”
She then shared how the industry has come to take writing – the foundation of any film, very seriously: “We now have table reading sessions with our fellow cast members, which was unheard of back then in the 1990s. We used to get dialogues about the go, just before a shot was due to be delivered.”
She added a humorous tinge to her statement, going on to say: “We used to wait for the writer to finish his dialogues, who would say from a corner of the set, ‘Haan madam bas 2 minutes mein likh ke deta hoon (just 2 minutes and your dialogues would be ready, ma’am)'”.
Things have changed for the better, the actress said and this in a way helps Indian cinema compete on the global stage where productions are flawless and six-sigma quality: “Today we get a bound script over, which breaks things down to down to the smallest detail, like what we’re going to wear in a particular scene or what the character’s pitching should be.These details really help an actor prepare for a scene and deliver something that the audience will enjoy immensely .”
Meanwhile, ‘Maja Ma’ will be released on Prime Video on October 6.