Gulab Gang: Madhuri and Juhi grace Filmfare cover

Silver-screen arch rivals of the ’80s and the ’90s, Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla, who can give the hot heroines of today a run for their money are seen on the March 12, 2014, issue of Filmfare.

The two actresses share the screen in ‘Gulaab Gang’, directed by Soumik Sen, which is to hit the theatres on March 7.

The trailer of the film has already had tremendous response. Madhuri showcases the epitome of Shakti — woman power — in the movie.

“It is a strong role. When Soumik brought the story to me, I thought it was entertaining, massy and yet with a lovely message. Rajjo is a vigilante and a firm believer in women’s education. She believes that women should be given the tools to be independent,” says Madhuri.

But Juhi’s role in the move will have her fans smiling, too. She plays an antagonist in the film for first time in her long acting career of more than two decades.

The two glamorous actresses have never come together in any film in the past. Juhi reportedly has said that they probably did not work together since there were a lot of competition between them. But Madhuri says she never thought of Juhi as her competitor. And also that it was good to work with her in ‘Gulaab Gang’.

“I never thought of her as my competitor. I never had any qualms about working with anyone. To my thinking, we are actors and not horses running towards one finishing line. It is a creative field and we like to do certain roles and work with people we like. It is not that I have not worked in two-heroine projects earlier. I worked with Preity Zinta (‘Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke’), Aishwarya Rai (‘Devdas’) and Karisma Kapoor (‘Dil To Pagal Hai’),” Madhuri said in an interview.

“It is wonderful that we finally did a film together. She is a good actress. It is inspiring to see another good actress work with you. I think our scenes are very tight and I would definitely love to work with her again,” she added.

“Times are changing, a woman’s role in society is changing and there is an attitude change everywhere. There was a time when I never saw female assistant directors, camerapersons or make-up artistes. There were women directors, but you could count them on your fingertips,” Madhuri recalls.

Madhuri made her debut in 1984 in ‘Abodh’ and became famous with such films as ‘Tezaab’, ‘Beta’, ‘Dil’, ‘Hum Aapke Hai Kaun’, ‘Pukar’ and ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’.