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'Repeat value is the true test of a good movie, not just box-office score'

Saturday, October 18, 2014
By Chaitanya Padukone

Way back in 1988, Madhuri Dixit had catapulted into stardom with her screen-character ‘Mohini’ as she swayed to the iconic ‘ek do teen’ dance number from this runaway hit yesteryear movie ‘Tezaab’. History as they say repeats itself and now a modern avatar of  dancing phataaka ‘Mohini’ played by Deepika Padukone mouthing toota-futa angrezi in the upcoming Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Happy New Year’ is already emerging a sensation.

Not surprisingly, Deepika emerged the ‘show-stopper’ outside the foyer of the theatre where the opening ceremony of the MAMI fest was being held. The outspoken Padukone, who had recently “lost her voice” after the hectic promotional schedule of  her upcoming movie seemed oozing with energy as she sashayed in her shimmering gold gown.

In an unusually elated mood she merrily posed for ‘selfie’ pictures with all her fans who were in raptures with the star-heroine's gesture. During the master class session with the iconic French actress Catherine, the following day, Deepika was in her elements as she declared a mild-shocker that she “wanted to dabble in production”. Lest it trigger off a misconstrued message, she clarified instantly that she wanted to be involved only in the non-financial aspects.
“Honestly, I would love to serve tea and coffee on the sets, make call-sheets, handle the filing, even ensure that the crew does not work for more than 10 to 12 hours and they have their lunch on time,”insisted madame Padukone who strongly feels that box-office ‘crore scores’ by itself are “not” the true test of a good movie.

“Only if a film has ‘repeat-value’ and you want to watch it even after a decade, then its the sign of  a good film,” shrugs the versatile ‘Ram Leela’ heroine, who hopes to connect briefly with her family in Bangalore during Diwali next week.

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