Madhuri Dixit was born on the 15th of May, 1967. Madhuri grew to become the heart throb of a nation because of her beauty, her smile that charmed millions, amazing dancing skills and of course, because of her natural acting talent. Madhuri was the ultimate Queen Bee of the 80s and 90s along with another charmer, Sridevi. Madhuri is a part of some of the biggest Bollywood hit movies in its history.
Madhuri Dixit was born in Mumbai and was named Madhuri Shankar Dixit by her parents, Shankar and Snehlata Dixit. The Dixits are Koknastha Brahmins. Madhuri was a student of the Divine Child High School in Mumbai and studied to be a microbiologist in Parle College, Mumbai. She trained as a kathak dancer and received many awards regarding the same during her school days. Madhuri has two sisters; Rupa and Bharati and brother, Ajit.
As a schoolgirl
As a young Kathak dancer
Madhuri’s Parents, Husband and Sons
Madhuri Dixit married Dr. Shriram Madhav Nene, a Maharashtrian and cardiocascular surgeon from Denver, US in 1999. She shifted to US to raise a family and lived there for almost a decade in quiet obscurity, but now she is back with her family to live and work in India. The couple has two sons, Arin and Raayan.
Madhuri was a slender young girl when she made her film debut in the Rajashri Productions’ Abodh in 1984, which didn’t make much of an impact on the movie audience. The role of a ‘gharelu’ girl plus the wider non- recognition of her hero, didn’t help to get people into the movie theaters.
It was only in 1988 that Madhuri Dixit created a buzz with her acting and uninhibited dance moves in the famous ‘ek do teen’ song in N.Chandra’s super hit film Tezaab. This movie with co-star Anil Kapoor established her firmly on the path to stardom. Madhuri was noticed by all and she even received a Filmfare Best Actress Award nomination for her take on Mohini’s character in the movie. After this movie, most directors preferred to introduce a dance song in the movie just to exhibit her dancing skills that seemed to make everyone sway.
1989 saw the release of another of her successful movies; Subhash Ghai’s super hit film Ram Lakhan in which she starred opposite Anil Kapoor. This movie too, was one of the highest grossing films of that year. Prem Pratigya was also released this year and had Mithun Chakraborty playing her lead man. Her performance was appreciated by everyone. This year also saw the release of Rajiv Rai’s multi-starrer film Tridev which had Madhuri paired with Sunny Deol. This movie too, managed to capture the movie goers’ attention and Madhuri was noticed even among the galaxy of stars present in the movie. Parinda was another film in which she acted opposite Anil Kapoor, which had the fans wowed by her performance.
In Ram Lakhan
The 90s firmly established Madhuri’s stature as the top rated Bollywood female actress, starting with the release of another super successful film Dil in 1990, which had Madhuri playing the love interest of Aamir Khan. This love story had it all; a fresh pairing, great songs and a love story, which gelled together to make it the biggest hit of that year. She received her first Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role in this movie.
The next year, 1991 belonged to the romantic film Saajan, which had Madhuri playing the love interest of Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan. This movie again, had some memorable songs which helped the movie to become that year’s biggest blockbuster film. Her performance was also much appreciated.
1992 saw the release of the Anil Kapoor and Madhuri starrer Beta. Even though Anil Kapoor played the title role, it was Madhuri who stole the show and had the more author backed role. This movie also had Madhuri swaying sexily and heaving her bosom to the Saroj Khan choreographed “Dhak Dhak’ song which gave her the nickname of the ‘Dhak-Dhak girl’. Her character’s underplayed fight against her scheming mother-in-law fetched her a second Filmfare Best Actress Award.
Subhash Ghai’s hit film Khalnayak released in 1993 stirred up a huge controversy with the ‘Choli ke Peechay’ song picturised on Madhuri. She was criticized for performing to a song that was filled with sexual innuendos and double meanings. Despite criticism, this song was on everyone’s lips that year and her performance of a cop was appreciated by movie goers.
1994 had Madhuri starring in the morbid revenge saga Anjaam with Shahrukh Khan. Her acting was appreciated, though the movie itself didn’t create any excitement. It was this year that the Rajashri Productions’ super hit film Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! was released which had her starring opposite a dashing Salman Khan. This squeaky clean family entertainer had the family audiences coming in droves to the movie theaters. The movie set many trends and Madhuri had local tailors copying her blouse that she wore in one of the songs! This movie is one of the highest grossing films in film history.
In Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
It was obvious by this time that movies were being sold on the strength of Madhuri’s presence in the film during this time; Raja was one such film that had Sanjay Kapoor co-starring with her, but it was Madhuri who had the better and stronger role; this film too, was a roaring success. David Dhawan’s film Yaarana with Rishi Kapoor playing the male lead was released this year and again, even though the movie itself was a washout, her performance was hailed by critics.
The next couple of years were not so fortunate for Madhuri with movies like Rajkumar and Mohabbat flopping at the box office. But, just when critics were writing her off, she came back with a bang in the super hit film Yash Chopra directed Dil To Pagal Hai in 1997. Though she was put under the microscope regarding any possible weight gain or age showing; she went on to win another Filmfare Best Actress Award. She held her own against another young and capable actress, Karisma Kapoor, in this romantic movie and looked beautiful, as ever. She also starred in the social drama film Mrityudand and was appreciated by critics.
In Dil To Pagal Hai
After marriage in 1999, her first film release was Pukar in 2000. Though this movie did not do too well at the box office, her performance as an obsessive lover was hailed and she also got her chance to match steps with ace dancer Prabhu Deva in one of the songs. Lajja was a strong woman oriented movie that was released during this time and had a positive buzz.
2002 had Madhuri playing the role of the courtesan with a heart of gold in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s lavish production and reprisal of the tragic and doomed love story Devdas. She matched steps with the beauteous Aishwarya Rai and Shahrukh Khan in the title role and earned herself the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her take on of Chandramukhi.
She went into hibernation after Devdas to raise her two sons till 2007, when she was back with Yashraj Productions’ Aaja Nachle’. The movie did not live up to the excitement of a Madhuri comeback film because probably the 80s and 90s generation had moved on.
In Aaja Nachle
Madhuri read the writing on the wall and reinvented herself as a judge on a dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhla Ja’ in its fourth season, in 2011. Her presence was appreciated so much that she got an extension as a judge in its fifth season too, in 2012.
In Jhalak Dikhla Ja-5
Madhuri is probably the only actress in Bollywood who has a movie named after her; Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, was a film directed by Ram Gopal Verma and the lead role was played by Antara Mali and was about a girl who wants to become another Madhuri Dixit.
Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon
Madhuri holds the record for the highest number of Filmfare best actress nominations; an astounding 13 times. She has been given the Filmfare Special Award for her 25 years in Bollywood. She has topped many polls to emerge as one of the greatest Bollywood actresses, ever. She has also been awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government for her contribution to the Indian Film Industry.
Receiving the Padma Shri
Madhuri Dixit has been fortunate to be the muse of the famous painter, late M.F.Hussain. He made a series of paintings on her and made the not-so-successful film Gaja Gamini, as a tribute to her and in which she herself starred.
Madhuri Dixit is one of the few international celebrities whose wax statues have been made and stand in the famous Madame Tussauds museum, in London.
At Madame Tussauds
Madhuri Dixit seems to be going the right way and doing the right things to make her second innings in the fickle world of cinema and entertainment as a more mature woman, an equally memorable one if not better, as compared to her first innings when she was a young woman.