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Meena Kumari biopic: Not Vidya Balan or Madhuri Dixit, Sunny Leone may be cast as veteran actress

For a long time now, there have been rumours doing the rounds about an upcoming biopic based on Bollywood’s “tragedy queen” and veteran actress Meena Kumari.

First, it was reported that Vidya Balan might play the Pakeezah star in the film. Then there were speculations that Madhuri Dixit has been approached for the role. Now, according to a report by The Bombay Times, actress Sunny Leone might play the legendary actress in the biopic.

Meena Kumari (left); Sunny Leone (right). Images via Facebook

Director of the film, Karan Razdan — known for films like Diljale (1995) and Deewane (2000) — told Bombay Times that of all the actresses that he has approached, Leone was the most enthusiastic about doing the film.

“I think the only one who is courageous enough and said, ‘When can we start this film?’ has been Sunny Leone. I have narrated it to Madhuri and Vidya but it didn’t work out for one reason or the other. Sunny came along, she said she had heard about this film and wanted me to narrate it. I met her at her house, had a long narration. I don’t know… She is not the ideal choice, I would say. But she was the most enthusiastic about doing the role. I guess, she also saw this as her big chance,” says Razdan.

According to Razdan, when he had approached Balan for the role, she declined saying she wants to do a less-serious role. Balan’s latest release Tumhari Sulu has earned her numerous accolades along with commercial and critical acclaim.

Hrithik, Govinda are great dancers, says Madhuri Dixit

Mumbai: Actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene, known for her graceful dance moves, says primarily she is a stage dancer but has a bit of street dancing in her as well.

“I have stage (dancing) in me, because I learned Kathak which is a stage thing, but there is a bit of street (dancing) in me also, because when you do Bollywood dancing it is an amalgamation of all styles,” Madhuri said, when asked which form of dance she preferred — stage dancing or street dancing.

She was present at the unveiling of the Indian version of popular show So You Think You Can Dance, where she is one of the judges along with choreographers Terence Lewis and Bosco Martis of Bosco-Caeser.

Madhuri is known for her dancing skills and for being capable of carrying off a mujra like Maar Dala as well as dance numbers like Ek Do Teen at the same time.

Madhuri Dixit

So You Think You Can Dance will see a battle between the two forms of dance — stage dancing, usually narrating a story and performed by trained artistes, and street dancing being slightly more non-professional and which happens on the streets and nightclubs.

About her favourite dancers from the two forms, she said: “On stage, there are so many, there are classical dancers like Birju Maharaj. I think Terence Lewis is a wonderful stage dancer. Bosco is a fabulous street dancer. Govinda is a fantastic street dancer, Hrithik (Roshan) is a lovely stage dancer and can do any kind of dance.”

Madhuri had previously judged four seasons on dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.

On the difference between the shows, she said: “In Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, it was all celebrities and had a different journey since many of them had not learned dancing, and had a journey from a non-dancer to a dancer.

“But here, it’s the common man. It gave me a good feeling that I could connect with the common man, and interact with them. They are passionate dancers who have made numerous sacrifices, where families haven’t supported them, they’re all alone, but have tremendous passion for dance and don’t want to leave dance.