20 years of friendship
"The person I really like to work with, and whenever I meet him there is kind of a cammaraderie, there is friendship, is Shahrukh." - Madhuri Dixit
“Madhuri is the most beautiful partner with whom I have worked. She has great sense of humour. I value our friendship greatly.” - SRK
It has been over 20 years since Madhuri Dixit and Shahrukh Khan were cast in their first movie together. The friendship they both acknowledge warmly today has grown from deep respect and mutual admiration, developing over time as they had an opportunity to work together repeatedly. Recently Shahrukh admitted he felt extremely nervous in front of Madhuri, as he was still a new-comer and she an established superstar when she agreed to work with him, and he would be anxious not to ruin her scenes.
That jittery feeling apparently lasted for quite some time, as he still felt butterflies in his stomach while working with her in Koyla, but subsequent collaborations on Dil To Pagal Hai, several years of Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, Devdas and special apearance in Gaja Gamini melted it all into very affectionate relationship between the two actors. Even when Madhuri was away in the U.S. it was Shahrukh, of all her co-stars and work associates, who would regularly check up on her and call her when she had her babies. Perhaps he did so also because of a fun “deal” they made when she got married: the plan was for her to promptly have a daughter, as beautiful as herself, whom Shahrukh could get his son married to. Unfortunatelly, there was no daughter for Mrs. Nene.
It may be recalled that when Madhuri came to India in the fall of 2010, Shahrukh, shooting for his own film, spotted a vanity van with her name on it. Upon learning Madhuri was indeed in one of the studios, shooting for Jhalak Dikhla Ja, he unceremoniously came on the sets, never caring that the shooting was in progress, just to see her for a minute and to kiss her hand. It is little things like these that make the Shahrukh/Madhuri friendship a popular story in a vast Bollywood folklore.