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Madhuri Dixit

There's something about Madhuri Dixit that keeps her going even today, after spending nearly three decades in Bollywood.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2013 12:51 IST
Madhuri Dixit

There's something about Madhuri Dixit that keeps her going even today, after spending nearly three decades in Bollywood. Starting out her career with Abodh, Madhuri soon found her foothold in the industry with hits like Tezaab (1988), Ram Lakhan (1989), Parinda (1989). However the lady had to wait for 9 releases before her first hit Tezaab opposite Anil Kapoor.

90's belonged to her. With films like 100 Days (1991), Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), Mrityudand (1997), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Devdas (2002) Madhuri broke many records.

Known for her dancing prowess, as well as acting skills, Madhuri Dixit continues to rule the hearts of millions as she gets set for the release of Ishqiya 2 and Gulab Gang.

Landmark movies
Tezaab (1988): Madhuri Dixit's debut film worked thanks to Ek Do Teen and her latkas and jhatkas.
Dil (1990): She starred opposite Aamir Khan and won her first Filmfare award for the movie.
100 days (1991): Madhuri added glamour to this horror movie opposite Jackie Shroff.
Saajan (1991): A memorable love triangle starring Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan. Everybody's performance was praised.
Beta (1992): Though the film was titled Beta, after watching Madhuri's performance, many remarked that it should have been titled Beti.

Madhuri Dixit

Khalnayak (1993): Madhuri's Choli Ke Peeche was a rage and so was her latkas and jhatkas.

Hum Aapke Hain Koun! (1994): She played the role of Nisha opposite Salman Khan and looked super beautiful in the movie that went on to become legendary hit.

Mrityudand (1997): She charmed even in her non-glam avatar. She was applauded for her maverick performance.

Dil To Pagal Hai (1997): She was a complete magic in this Yash Chopra directorial opposite Shah Rukh Khan.

Pukar (2000): Madhuri got a national award for this film opposite Anil Kapoor.

Lajja (2001): Madhuri could sizzle even in a performance oriented role. She shined even in a multi-starrer.

Devdas (2002): She played Chandramukhi to perfection and bagged award for Best Supporting Actress.


1990: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Dil

1992: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Beta

1994: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!

1997: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Dil To Pagal Hai

2002: Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for Devdas

Quote room

On Dancing: "For me dancing is not just moving your arms and legs but basically it's a very spiritual experience. It's part of me and a second nature to me. You can say it is in my blood."

On Home: "I think home is where I´m happiest. Home is when I´m with my husband. Home is when I´m with my little baby. That´s home to me. But home is also where my parents are, home is also where I´ve grown up.... Home is also with millions of fans who love me for no reason."

On Acting: "I don't understand the difference between being a star and being an actress. If you are a good actress, you can also be a star but it does not work the other way round. You must be able to deliver the goods. Gone are the days of parallel cinema when actresses like Shabana Azmi and Smita Patil proved to the world that a good actress need not necessarily be a good star. Where is the parallel cinema today? These debates arise mainly because with stardom, there is this tendency to get carried away by one's own glamour, one's fame, and one’s success. The star then begins to play to the gallery, to manipulate the audience. It might work for some time but in the long run, it can be dangerous and self-destructive."

Madhuri Dixit

On Acting: "I hope im not sounding presumptuous or vain. but I think like Sridevi, I was another heroine who could break the barriers between the classes and the masses."

On Recognition: "It's so ironical. When you finally achieve recognition, you hide behind dark glasses."

On nose job: "First they said I had my mouth and teeth corrected. Then it was said I had a nose job. Seriously I'm past caring."

On good and flop films: "Good films flop, atrocious films do well. Uncertainty is the only certainty in this business."

On Family: "My family gives me enough security and warmth. I don’t have to look for it outside! After achieving so much success and fame I’m apprehensive about people’s motives. I want to be sure that people want to be friends with me and not my fame!"

Madhuri-RamOn love: "I discovered love after marriage. I feel liberated. Earlier I was so cautious about what I said and where I went. But Ram is the exact opposite of me. He can make friends anywhere. Earlier I was very intimidated, I’d never get the right words to express myself. Ram is so vocal that even I have begun to articulate my thoughts better, I speak more freely now. In the US, I can just take the car and drive to any mall and pick up stuff. I could never dream of doing it while I was in India."

On Aamir: ''He (Aamir Khan) is a very good actor and is always energetic. Aamir is slightly different from others; he takes his time and wants to make everything sure. He is very methodic and likes to do things in his own way. So that makes him very different.''

On Salman: ''I have worked with Salman and he is also a good actor. You never know with him, when he is on the sets, whether he is paying attention to what you are doing, but he just carries the roles so well. When it comes to the work, he knows what he is doing.''

On Sanjay Dutt: "Sanju (Sanjay Dutt) is a fantastic human being. He´s very nice at heart and, contrary to what people think, he has a good sense of humour. He´s the only guy, who can keep me in splits. He doesn´t play games, he is a very straight-forward."

Personal life
Madhuri Dixit tied the knot with US based surgeon Dr Shriram Madhav Nene on October 17, 1999. The actress got settled in United States after marriage. She has two sons Arin (born in March 2003) and Raayan (born in March 2005).

After spending a decade in US, the actress came back to India to start her second innings in showbiz.

The actress signed on Ishqiya 2 and Gulab Gang to make a comeback in Bollywood.

Fact file
Born on: 15 May 1967
First Film: Abodh
Family: Shankar (Father), Snehlata Dixit (Mother), Dr Shriram Madhav Nene (Husband), Arin (son) and Raayan (son).

First Published: Jul 23, 2012 17:32 IST