Madhuri Dixit, born Madhuri Shankar Dixit on 15 May, 1967, is an Indian film actress who has appeared in Hindi films. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, she established herself as one of Hindi cinema’s leading actresses and most accomplished dancers. She appeared in numerous commercially successful films and was recognised widely for her fabulous performances. She has won five Filmfare Awards till date, four for Best Actress and one for Best Supporting Actress. She also holds the record for the highest number of Best Actress nominations at the Filmfare, with 13. In 2008, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India.
Charming In Leather
Madhuri was lovingly nicknamed ‘Mads’ by people in the film industry . She is one of the few actresses whose smile alone set hearts racing. Not to mention her fantabulous dance numbers and skillful acting, Madhuri was truly the Diva of the 90’s and ruled the industry for more than a decade. She was the most beautiful on screen and off screen actress. Very few actresses such as her have such tremendous screen presence.
As a Judge on Jhalak Dikhla Jaa
In Dil To Pagal Hai
On Koffee with Karan
Madhuri is a well trained Kathak dancer and began her dancing lessons at a very tender age. She is most famous for her thumkas and jhatkas, with an added grace and flexibility. She had the most beautiful expressions to match her dance performances or her acting. Her smile spoke volumes and added a certain charm to her face.
She looked glamorous in any attire she chose to wear, be it western or Indian. Though she had a natural curvaceous body, nothing looked over the top with her. Such was the charisma of the actor.
With Husband Sriram Nene
In Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
In a brown Ghagra
Madhuri debuted into Bollywood with film Abodh in 1984. She rose to fame with the blockbuster Tezaab for which she received her first Filmfare nomination. In the following year, she starred in a number of important films that included Ram Lakhan, Parinda and Tridev. She earned her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie Dil.
Post the success of Dil, she starred in several successful movies like Saajan, Beta, Khalnayak, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun which earned her her third Filmfare for Best Actress Award. After a brief slump in her career, she made a comeback in Yash Chopra”s film Dil To Paagal Hai for which she got her fourth Filmfare Award and also starred in the critically acclaimed Mrityudand, which landed her the Best Actress award at the annual Star Screen Awards.
The Flawless Beauty
Madhuri’s most famous box-office hits in the 90’s were Dil (1990), Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun! (1994) and Raja (1995). After a relatively low phase, she made a comeback with the romantic film Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and subsequently received critical acclaim for her work in films like Mrityudand (1997), Pukar (2000), Lajja (2001) and Devdas (2002). In 2002, Madhuri Dixit retired from films in order to raise her children but made a comeback with the musical film Aaja Nachle in 2007.
In a Traditional Avatar
Looking Cool in Black
Madhuri married a family friend Sriram Nene and moved to the U.S after marriage. She is the proud mother of two beautiful children named Arin and Raayan. She was settled in Denver for nearly a decade before she shifted base to Mumbai again, as she could not stay away from the glamour world much.
Beautiful in a Yellow Dress
In a Lovely Blue Salwar Kameez
Apart from acting in Bollywood and also judging Televison shows, Madhuri has been a social worker too. She took part in the Greenathon event- India’s first-ever nationwide campaign for saving the environment in the year 2011 to create social awareness. She also performed in several fund raising events like India’s first 24 hour telethon.
Apart from this, Madhuri is also a brand ambassador and a patron for Emeralds for Elephants — a charity project for the conservation of Asian Elephants and other endangered species.