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Madhuri Dixit​


Born on: May 15, 1967
Born in: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Nationality: Indian
Education: Bachelors Degree in Microbiology
Career: Actor

Madhuri Dixit - ‘Madhubala of the nineties’ and ‘ Maryln Monroe of Bollywood’, is one of the most famous and successful Bollywood actresses till date. She is one of those actors who have struggled in their life to reach the no 1 slot in the Indian film industry. She dominated Bollywood, in the 1990s, as a leading actress and an accomplished dancer. In recognition of her great talent, she was awarded 5 Filmfare Awards, 4 Star Screen Awards, 2 Zee Cine Awards and 1 IIFA Award. In 2008, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award, by the Government of India. She also topped Rediff's list of the ‘Best Bollywood Actresses Ever’, on Women's International Day, in 2007.

Personal Life
Madhuri Dixit Nene was born as ‘Madhuri Shankar Dixit’ on 15th May 1967, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She is one of the four children of Shankar Dixit and Snehlata Dixit, of a Marathi Chitpavan Brahmin family. After completing her graduation, Madhuri attended Parle College and completed her Bachelors Degree in Microbiology. While studying, she also trained as a Kathak dancer. Though she wanted to be a micro-biologist, life took a different turn and she ended up as one of the most successful actresses in Bollywood.

Madhuri Dixit married Dr Sriram Madhav Nene, an Indian doctor who resides in USA, in the year 1999. Sriram is an UCLA-trained cardiovascular surgeon who practices in Denver and belongs to a Marathi Konkanastha Brahmin family. The couple has two sons Arin (born March 2003) and Ryan (born March 2005). Presently, Madhuri resides in Denver (Colorado, USA), along with her husband and kids.
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Madhuri Dixit’s allure lies in her classic good looks and poise. The much sought after actress was the muse of artist M.F.Hussain and is tagged as an outstanding dancer adding that extra bit of spice to the film screens.

Ek Do Teen
Madhuri Shankar Dixit was born on 15 May 1967 into a Marathi Brahmin family in Mumbai, India. Her parents are Shankar and Snehalata Dixit. She is the youngest of four children. She has two older sisters Rupa and Bharati, and an older brother Ajit.

Madhuri studied at the Parle College and considered a future in micro-biology. She also trained in Kathak for over eight years.

She was linked with actor Sanjay Dutt before she married Sriram Madhav Nene, a surgeon based in the USA in 1999. They have two sons, Arin born in 2003 and Ryan in 2005. The family lives in Denver, Colorado.

The Government of India conferred Madhuri the Padma Shri Award, the highest civilian award, in 2008.

Queen of Hearts
It took Madhuri Dixit a little over three years to make a name for herself in Bollywood.

1984 to 1989 Madhuri’s first movie was Abodh in 1984 and after a few forgettable performances, she appeared in Dayavan, a remake of the Tamil hit Nayagan, with Vinod Khanna and Feroz Khan. Tezaab with Anil Kapoor became a box office hit and she followed this with performances in Ram Lakhan, Prem Prathiyaga, Tridev and Parinda which became India’s official entry to the Oscars. Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor enjoyed a successful chemistry on screen and worked together in many movies.

1990 to 1995 Madhuri won the Filmfare Best Actress Award in 1990 for her role as Madhu in Indra Kumar’s Dil opposite Aamir Khan. Saajan, a love triangle, starring Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt did good business in 1991. She starred with Anil Kapoor in 1992 in movies like Khel, Zindagi Ek Jua and Beta. One of Madhuri’s most famous dance sequences ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’ was from Beta. She won another Filmfare Best Actress Award.

In 1993, Khalnayak with Sanjay Dutt and Jackie Shroff was a blockbuster while her dance sequence ‘Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai’ created ripples as she sets off to trap the criminal Ballu. If Anjaam with Shah Rukh Khan in 1994 failed to do well, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun with Salman Khan broke records and added another feather, a rather bright one, in her cap. She won her third Filmfare Best Actress Award. She had two releases in 1995, Raja and Yaarana.

1996 to 2009 Madhuri’s success rate tapered until the 1997 release Yash Chopra’s Dil to Paagal Hai in which she was seen as Pooja, a dancer. In 2000, she faced Anil Kapoor once again in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Pukar as Anjali who wreaks havoc in the life of Major Jaidev Rajvansh. She was also seen in M.F.Hussain’s Gaja Gamini. The movie famously inspired by her, explores the different facets of a woman.

In 2001, she played Jhanki in Lajja that centered around strong female characters. In Devdas, a much anticipated release in 2002, Madhuri donned the role of a courtesan Chandramukhi whose love for Devdas doesn’t save him. Her portrayal of the courtesan won her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award.

She moved away from Bollywood for five years and returned back in Aaja Nachle in 2007 as Dia who is trying to bring the Ajanta Theater back on to its feet. The movie refused to take off at the box office.

Madhuri may appear as Indira Gandhi in a movie about Indira.
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Film Career
Madhuri Dixit started her career in 1984, with the film ’Abodh’, offered to her by Rajshri Productions. The film failed to create any ripples at the box office and was forgotten soon. Thereafter, she was seen in a number of unnoticeable films, like Awara Baap and Swati. It was only in 1986 that she was discovered by Subhash Ghai, who gave her a small dance sequence in ‘Karma'. Though the dance sequence was edited out in the final cut, Ghai promised to give Madhuri better roles in the future.

He also kept a condition, that Madhuri will stop doing tiny roles in insignificant films. She agreed and Ghai ended up giving Madhuri, first, ‘Uttar Dakshin', and then, a proper launch in ‘Ram Lakhan' (1988). However, before Ram Lakhan could make it to the box office, Madhuri’s ‘Tezaab’ hit the theaters. Her dance sequence in the film, ‘Ek, do, teen’ took the nation by storm and established Madhuri in the top league of actresses. ‘Tezaab’ went on to complete a golden jubilee and was one of the biggest hits of the year.

Madhuri’s superb performance in ‘Tezaab’ and ‘Ram Lakhan’ was followed by her excellent act in ‘Dil’ (1990). The film not only got her the first Filmfare Award of her career, for Best Actress’, but also established a rapport with Indra Kumar. In the coming years, she starred in two hit films by Kumar, ‘Beta’ (1991) and ‘Raja’ (1995). The first half of 1990s saw Madhuri delivering a hit almost every year. This included films like Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993), Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994) and Raja (1995).

In 1996, she was seen in ‘Prem Granth’, a film that bombed at the box office, but managed to win her critical acclaim. She starred in a number of films the same year, but none of them were successful. Just when critics were planning to write her off, ‘Dil To Pagal Hai’ (1997) happened. The film was not only a blockbuster, but also got her Filmfare Award for ‘Best Actress’. The same year, she was also seen in Prakash Jha's 'Mrityudand', a film that established her as a serious actor and won her Best Actress awards at the Star Screen Awards & Sansui Awards.

The next major film for Madhuri Dixit came in 2000, Pukar, which also bagged her IIFA Best Actress Award. The same year, she was seen in Gaja Gamini (2000), made by M.F. Hussain, who considers Madhuri as his muse and the embodiment of womanhood. The film saw her representing the various forms and manifestations of womanhood. Though it was not a commercial success, the film did get her critical acclaim. The year 2002 saw Madhuri starring in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's ‘Devdas’.

The film was also featured at the Cannes Film Festival and won Madhuri Filmfare Award as well as Star Screen Best Award, for Supporting Actress. Thereafter, she took a brief sabbatical from movies, to concentrate on her family. She was seen on-screen in 2006, after a gap of four years, performing on the songs of Devdas, for Filmfare Awards. The sabbatical came to an end in 2007, when her film ‘Aaja Nachle’ was released. Though it did not turn a box office hit, the film definitely got Madhuri rave reviews.

Honors and Recognitions

1997: Kalabhinetri Award by the Government of Andhra Pradesh
2001: National Citizen's Award
2007: Bollywood's Best Actress Ever
2008: Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, by Government of India
2008: Honored at IFFLA (Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles)


1990: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Dil
1992: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Beta
1994: Filmfare, Star Screen Best Actress Award for Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
1995: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Raja
1997: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Dil To Pagal Hai, Star Screen Award Best Actress for Mrityudand
1998: Zee Cine Award for Best Actor - Female for Dil To Pagal Hai
2000: IIFA Best Actress Award for Pukar
2002: Filmfare, Star Screen Best Supporting Actress Award for Devdas, Zee Cine Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Female for Lajja
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Aaja Nachley (2007) - Dia

Engineer (2005)

Devdas (2002) - Chandramukhi

Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam (2002) - Radha

Lajja (2001) - Janki

Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke (2001) - Neha

Gaja Gamini (2000) - Gaja Gamini/Sangita/Shakuntala/Monika/Mona Lisa

Pukar (2000) - Anjali

Mrityu Dand (1999)

Aarzoo (1999) - Pooja

Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998) - Herself (Special Appearance)

Wajood (1998) - Apoorva Choudhury

Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) - Pooja

Koyla (1997) - Gauri

Mahaanta (1997) - Jenny Pinto

Mohabbat (1997) - Shweta Sharma

PremGranth (1996) - Kajri

Rajkumar (1996) - Rajkumari Vishaka

Paapi Devata (1995) - Reshma

Raja (1995) - Madhu Garhwal

Yaraana (1995) - Lalita/Shikha/Kavita Krishnamurthy/Johnny

Zameen (1995)

Anjaam (1994) - Shivani Chopra

Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994) - Nisha Choudhury

Suhaag (1994) - Herself (scene from the movie "Dil (1990)")

Aansoo Bane Angaray (1993) - Usha

Dil Tera Aashiq (1993) - Sonia Khanna/Savitri Devi

Khalnayak (1993) - Ganga (Gangotri Devi)

Phool (1993)

Sahibaan (1993) - Sahibaan

Beta (1992) - Saraswati

Dharavi (1992) - Dreamgirl

Prem Deewane (1992) - Shivangi Mehra

Sangeet (1992)

Zindagi Ek Juaa (1992) - Juhi

100 Days (1991) - Devi

Jamai Raja (1991) - Rekha

Khel (1991) - Seema/Jhari Bhuti

Prahaar (1991) - Shirley

Pratikar (1991) - Madhu

Saajan (1991) - Pooja Saxena

Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin (1990) - Anita

Dil (1990) - Madhu Mehra

Izzatdaar (1990) - Mohini

Jeevan Ek Sanghursh (1990) - Madhu Sen

Khilaaf (1990) - Sweta

Kishen Kanhaiya (1990) - Anju

Maha-Sangram (1990)

Pyar Ka Devta (1990) - Radha

Sailaab (1990) - Dr. Sushma

Thanedaar (1990) - Chanda

Vardi (1990) - Jaya

Ilaaka (1989) - Vidya

Kanoon Apna Apna (1989) - Bharathi

Mujrim (1989) - Sonia

Paap Ka Anth (1989)

Parinda (1989) - Paro

Prem Pratigyaa (1989) - Laxmi

Ram Lakhan (1989) - Radha

Tridev (1989) - Divya Mathur

Dayavan (1988) - Neela Velhu

Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988) - Kavita

Tezaab (1988) - Mohini

Hifazat (1987) - Janki (as Madhuri)

Mohre (1987)

Uttar Dakshin (1987)

Abodh (1986) - Gauri

Swati (1986)

Awara Baap (1985)
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