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Bollywood star Madhuri Dixit turns producer

MUMBAI (Web Desk) – Madhuri Dixit points out that filmmaking is “the ultimate team sport” as she turns producer with a slice-of-life Marathi comedy, 15th August. “The film will make you realise that freedom is a gift only you can give yourself,” the Dhak Dhak girl says, adding that the film’s unit is packed with some of the best talents from both the Hindi and Marathi film industries.

Ventilator actor Rahul Pethe and Natasamrat star, Mrunmayee Deshpande, play protagonists in the film, which has been written by Mumbai Meri Jaan and Tendulkar Not Out writer, Yogesh Vinayak Joshi. The film also features actor-producer, Adinath Kothare.

The film rolled at a chawl in Malad on February 24, with Madhuri, her husband Dr Sriram Nene and the actor’s 85-year-old-mother, Snehlata, giving the clap. The cast and crew also indulged in a small pre-holi celebration on set. The film will be shot entirely in Mumbai at real locations in a start-to-finish schedule. “After being in front of the camera for more than thirty years, it feels like a privilege to be donning the producer’s hat for the first time. I wholeheartedly believe in our talented director, Swapnaneel Jayakar, (Tendulkar Not Out) who is now leading an equally talented cast. Mrunmayee and Rahul are both fantastic actors,” Madhuri said.

Earlier this year, the 50-year-old-actress wrapped up her first acting stint in a Marathi film with Tejas Deoskar’s Bucket List, which also reunites her with her Hum Aapke Hai Koun co-star, Renuka Shahane. The film has been shot across Mumbai, Pune, Alibaug and Langkawi, and follows Madhuri’s characters going through different phases of her life. And now with 15th August, Madhuri admits that another dream has been checked off her real bucket list. “While one of the things on my bucket list was to do a Marathi film, I am finally checking off being a producer. There’s a lot more we have planned and I hope to create a lot more big-screen magic,” she says.

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