Serving up an intriguing tale of romance, the sequel to the award-winning Indian romantic-thriller ‘Ishqiya’, Madhuri talks to the Asian Express about her role in ‘Dedh Isqshiya’ – a movie filled with deception and rage, which was released on 15th January.

The film which follows events after ‘Ishqiya’ where Khalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) become involved in another escapade, where the widowed Begum of Mahmudabad (Madhuri Dixit-Nene) has announced a festival of poetry at her mansion. The grapevine suggests she’s looking for a new husband – preferably one with poetic talents. The tale is filled with twists and mysterious turns and also stars Huma Qureshi as Muniraalias Muniya.

Madhuri Dixit-Nene talks about her role in ‘Dedh Ishqiya’
Madhuri Dixit-Nene
talks about her role in
‘Dedh Ishqiya’

We asked Madhuri what it was like playing the role of the Begum. She said: “It definitely challenged me as a kind of role, as there are not a lot of histrionics there.

“There’s no shouting and screaming. It’s not very obvious acting.

“With Begum it was like performing on a tightrope as I had to deliver a character who wants people to perceive her different to what she really is. The role had to be underplayed and under-toned.”

On meeting up to the acclaim of ‘Ishqia’ and the pressure of doing a sequel, Madhuri said: “Sequels have to be better and the interest is very high, yet should also look like a different movie.

“Dedh Ishqiya is completely different in terms of story, culture, atmosphere… We now have these two conmen characters from the first film, put into a haveli setting. The comedy comes off very beautifully. I feel we achieved what we set out to do. It’s a very poetical film, but the Urdu is not that complicated that the common man won’t understand.”