Madhuri to star in Vishal Dedh Ishqiya

Mumbai: Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene has finally signed on the dotted line for Vishal Bhardwaj as the female lead in `Dedh Ishqiya`.

Since Madhuri returned to India, there were reports that she will replace Vidya Balan in the sequel to the 2010 hit `Ishqiya`. But the Bollywood diva vehemently kept denying it. Now that she has signed the film, the 44-year-old confirmed it on Twitter. She would also be judging the fifth season of dance reality show `Jhalak Dikhla Ja` for the second time.

"Hey guys, back in action. On sets for Star`s Life OK. Am doing Dedh Ishqiya. `Jhalak` right around the corner. More to come!," Madhuri tweeted.

Abhishek Chaubey had directed the rural drama, which opened to great reviews and box office collections. The film was produced by Vishal Bhardwaj.

Earlier, talking about the sequel of `Ishqiya`, in an interview to PTI, Vidya had said, "In the first part, the two men (Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi come to my village to meet me. In the next part, they will go elsewhere, so obviously they will meet someone new and not me. Anyways, I like Madhuri Dixit and I`m happy that she is in the sequel."

Madhuri`s last release was Aditya Chopra`s `Aaja Nachle` which did not fare well at the box office.