Madhuri Dixit

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Madhuri Dixit
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Madhuri Dixit - Nene at the Colors Golden Petal Awards, 2012
Born(1967-05-15) 15 May 1967 (age 47)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Shriram Madhav Nene
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Madhuri Dixit
Madhuri Dixit cropped.jpg
Madhuri Dixit - Nene at the Colors Golden Petal Awards, 2012
Born(1967-05-15) 15 May 1967 (age 47)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Shriram Madhav Nene

Madhuri Dixit (Marathi: माधुरी दीक्षित) (born 15 May 1967), also known as Madhuri Dixit-Nene, is an Indian film actress who is known for her work in Hindi cinema. She is often cited as one of the best actresses of Bollywood, renowned as the original dancing diva. Madhuri enjoyed major critical and commercial success during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. Dixit made her film debut in Abodh (1984) and received wider public recognition with Tezaab (1988). She went on to establish herself as one of Hindi cinema's leading actresses, acknowledged for several of her performances, beauty, smile and accomplished dancing.[1]

Some of her popular films include such box-office hits as Ram Lakhan (1989),Tridev (1989), Parinda (1989), Dil (1990), Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) and Raja (1995). After a relatively low phase in 1996, she reinvented herself with the romance 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, she took a sabbatical from films to raise her children and made a comeback with the musical Aaja Nachle in 2007. Dixit also judged four seasons of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa '.[2] After another 7 year long break from movies Madhuri returned with Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab Gang for which she received critical acclaim by all.

Dixit has won six Filmfare Awards, four for Best Actress, one for Best Supporting Actress and one special Filmfare award for completing 25 years in Bollywood. She holds the record for the highest number of Best Actress nominations (13) at Filmfare. In 2008, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India,[3] for her overall contribution to the Indian film industry.

Early life[edit]

Madhuri Dixit is a native of Mumbai, India. She was born on 15 May 1967 to Shankar and Snehlata Dixit in a Marathi-speaking Chitpavan family.[4][5] Dixit attended Divine Child High School and Mumbai University and studied to be a microbiologist.[6][7] She always desired dance since the age of 3 and went on to practice the art of kathak and later on to become a trained professional Kathak dancer.[8][9]

Film career[edit]

1984–87: Early roles[edit]

Dixit made her acting debut in Rajshri Productions' movie Abodh in 1984 opposite the Bengali actor, Tapas Paul. The film failed but Dixit earned positive reviews from critics. Aakash Barvalia on Gomolo praised her as he wrote "Madhuri excels in her role as a young naive bride who acquits herself well as the naive village girl and does not realize what marriage actually entails."[10] Her only release of 1985 was Awara Baap that turned out to be another failure for Dixit.

In 1986, Dixit starred in two movies, Swati and Manav Hatya but both films flopped at the box office. Dixit had three releases in 1987 with Mohre, Hifazat and Uttar Dakshin but her films continued to flop at the box office.

1988–89: Breakthrough[edit]

Dixit finally attained stardom after a series of consecutive flops when she landed the lead female role of Mohini in N. Chandra's blockbuster Tezaab opposite Anil Kapoor. The film went on to become that year's highest grossing movie.[11] It was Dixit's first hit at the box office. Akshay Shah of Planet Bollywood praised Dixit for her dancing skills and her acting was also noticed. He wrote "Mahduri Dixit gives a fine tuned performance. Though she is more remembered for her crowd pleasing dance act Ek Do Teen, her acting needs to be noted, specially in the scenes where she is pitted against Anupam Kher. She looks and dances like a dream."[12] Dixit received her first nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her work in Tezaab.

In 1989, her first release was Subhash Ghai's movie Ram Lakhan, in which she was paired once again with Anil Kapoor. The film became a super-hit and went on to become the second highest grossing film of the year.[13] Dixit's next release Prem Pratigyaa, in which she starred opposite Mithun Chakraborty, earned her second nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award. Thereafter Dixit got success in Rajiv Rai's multi-starrer Tridev, in which she starred opposite Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff, Sunny Deol, Sangeeta Bijlani, Sonam and Amrish Puri. Dixit was paired with Deol. The movie became the year's third highest grossing film but Dixit did not get much acting. Dixit continued her success with her fourth pairing with Anil Kapoor in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Parinda. Although Dixit's work was limited, she earned critical acclaim. Aniket Joshi has praised her as he wrote "Madhuri Dixit, the only female character in the film, has a small role as Paro (Karan´s love interest and Prakash´s sister) yet still does well in the few scenes she has."[14]

1990–99: Superstardom[edit]

In 1990, Dixit starred in the super-hit Dil opposite Aamir Khan. She played the role of a rich and arrogant girl who falls in love with a poorer boy and later leaves her house to marry him. The film became the biggest box-office hit of the year in India[15] and Dixit's performance earned her the first Filmfare Best Actress Award of her career. Madhuri was also seen in Kishen Kanhaiya opposite Anil Kapoor, the movie went on to become the third biggest hit of the year. Her strong performance as a wife helping her husband through tough times was applauded, and her acting was now being recognised.

After the success of Dil, Dixit became one of the top actresses of Bollywood. The following year she starred in the super-hit movie Saajan opposite Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt. The movie became the year's highest-grossing movie. Dixit's performance earned her the fourth nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award.[16]

In 1992, Dixit featured in the blockbuster Beta opposite Anil Kapoor.[17] Dixit's performance of Saraswati, a woman married to an illiterate, well-meaning man who exposes her scheming mother-in-law earned her critical acclaim. praised Dixit's work "She made Beta her own film totally stealing a march over the film's hero, Anil Kapoor. While the highlight of the film was undoubtedly Dhak Dhak Karne Laga – probably the sexiest and most popular dance of Madhuri's career, her blazing performance – that of a woman married to an illiterate, well-meaning man and who exposes her scheming mother-in-law whom her husband dotes on – had film reviewers gushing with several people jokingly saying the film should have been called Beti instead!"[18] Dixit's performance in Beta won her a second Filmfare Best Actress Award. Following the film's success, Dixit became famously known as the "Dhak Dhak Girl" for her performance in the famous song "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga".

In 1993, Dixit starred in the controversial super-hit Khalnayak opposite Sanjay Dutt and Jackie Shroff. Her portrayal of the police officer Ganga earned her critical acclaim. Shahid Khan of Planet Bollywood praised Dixit's dancing and acting skills in the movie "In any other film, the heroine would not have much to do with a plot like this. So immense is the star-power of Madhuri Dixit that Subhash Ghai actually carved out a solid role for her in this macho tale of a bad boy and his shenanigans. She gives real competition to Sanjay Dutt. The audiences ran in their droves to witness the Madhuri Dixit magic. In every scene, she holds you captive with her stunning beauty, demanding screen presence, expressive acting and excellent dancing skills. Saroj Khan’s dance choreography is entertaining to watch, particularly in "Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai". Madhuri’s entrance is a riot with a prison inmate asking her, "Kaisi aurat hai tu? (What kind of a woman are you?)” and she responds by slapping her and saying, "Aisi aurat hoon main! (This is the kind of woman I am!)”."[19] Dixit's performance in Khalnayak earned her a sixth nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award and became the year's second highest grossing film.[20]

In 1994, Dixit starred in Anjaam, being paired with Shahrukh Khan for the first time. Dixit's performance of a revenge-seeking wife and mother earned her a seventh nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award. Dixit was praised for her performance, though the film was a below average performer at the box office. Her next starring role was in the all-time blockbuster Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! opposite Salman Khan. The film became one of the biggest hits in the history of Hindi cinema and made INR 1.35 billion worldwide, breaking the record of the film Sholay (1975). It became the highest grossing Bollywood film in Hindi cinema history after its theatrical run and held the record for 7 years till the release of Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001). Dixit's role of a modern yet family-oriented young girl fetched her the third Filmfare Best Actress Award of her career. Critics believed the film to be "too sweet" but appreciated Dixit's performance as she mesmerised on the screen.[21] In the Millennium Edition of the "Guinness Book of World Records", Hum Aapke Hain Kaun became the Bollywood's highest grossing film.[22] wrote "Madhuri Dixit, reunited with the banner that launched her, stands out and is undoubtedly the life of the film as Nisha. Be it the mischievous but strong-minded, independent girl who gives it to Prem as good as she gets or the woman willing to sacrifice her love believing she is doing the right thing, Madhuri is absolutely spot on creating one of the more memorable female characters of Hindi Cinema."[23]

1995 saw Dixit star in the hit Raja opposite Sanjay Kapoor. The film became the fourth highest grosser of the year and its success was attributed to her immense popularity.[24] Her next release was David Dhawan's Yaraana opposite Rishi Kapoor, in which she played a dancer on the run from her abusive lover. This film was a below average performer at the box office. Both films earned her nominations for the Filmfare Best Actress Award.

Dixit's career went into a slump during 1996 as films like Prem Granth and Rajkumar flopped at the box office. In 1997, Dixit bounced back with Prakash Jha's Mrityudand, in which she performed opposite Shabana Azmi and Shilpa Shirodkar. Dixit played the role of Ketki, one of the three troubled women and earned immense critical acclaim for her performance. wrote "Madhuri gives a wonderful, insightful performance as the self-respecting educated woman married into a family of male chauvinistic upper class landlords and who is humiliated by her husband when she objects to his misdeeds, never hitting a false note. She more than matches up to seasoned artists like Shabana and Om Puri in their scenes together. In a word, she is mesmerizing."[18]

Dixit earned commercial success with Yash Raj Films' super-hit musical-romance Dil To Pagal Hai starring opposite Shahrukh Khan and Karisma Kapoor. Her portrayal of a young woman faced with a moral dilemma fetched her a fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award.[25] The movie became the second highest grosser of the year.[26]

In 1998, Dixit had only one release Wajood opposite Nana Patekar and Mukul Dev. The film did below average business. In the following year, Dixit had again only one release Aarzoo opposite Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan. Anjali Abrol of Planet Bollywood praised Dixit's performance and wrote "Madhuri, despite any role given, carries it off with ease and grace... even despite the mismatch of age, she does justice to her role, and is the best actress in Bollywood today, comparatively. She also is what I consider a classic Indian beauty.... her natural, distinctive Indian looks set her apart from many other heroines (I say heroines because many have yet to learn to act, and cannot justfully be called actresses yet), she proves that she does not need blatant blond/red highlights, tons of body paint and makeup, blue contacts, and scraps of clothes to look beautiful...and that the complete following of Western trends isn´t worth sacrificing traditional Indian beauty, grace, and respect for popularity...a mixture of both that remains´s quality rather than quantity (or lackthereof, in the clothes department)."[27] Aarzoo was a failure in India but was a modest success overseas.

2000–06: Continuing in other roles and hiatus[edit]

In 2000, Dixit earned critical acclaim and commercial success with Rajkumar Santoshi's Pukar opposite Anil Kapoor and Namrata Shirodkar. Pukar was a moderate success at the box office. Dixit's performance of Anjali, a jealous lover was praised by critics. Anish Khanna of Planet Bollywood wrote "Her character has a gamut of emotions to run through – childish immaturity, obsession, evil, anger, anguish – and Madhuri really sinks her teeth into each one. She is magical in the dance sequences but even more amazing in the dialogue sequences. Dixit's performance in Pukar earned her twelfth nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award.[28] Dixit's next release of the year was Gaja Gamini, which was a failure at the box office.

In 2001, Dixit starred in Deepak Shivdasani's love triangle Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke opposite Ajay Devgan and Preity Zinta. The film was a flop but Dixit was praised for her performance.[29] Dixit followed up by reuniting with Rajkumar Santoshi in the multi-starrer Lajja. She was featured in a supporting role opposite Samir Soni. Despite being a multi-starrer movie, the film failed in India but it was an overseas success. Dixit again earned critical acclaim for her performance and Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama praised her saying that "Madhuri Dixit is simply fantastic. The ease with which she emotes this complex character deserves full marks. Her expressions when her lover dumps her during the course of the play, proves what a magnificent actress she is."[30] Dixit's performance earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2002, Dixit starred in a lead role in the much-delayed love triangle Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam opposite Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan. The film received mainly negative reviews but did above average business at the box-office, becoming the fifth highest grossing movie of the year.[31] Dixit's next release was Sanjay Leela Bhansali's hit film Devdas, co-starring Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. Dixit portrayed the role of Chandramukhi, a courtesan in love with Devdas. She was praised by Sita Menon of Rediff "The most understated role and perhaps the one that is most lingering, in terms of virtuosity, is that played by Madhuri Dixit. As Chandramukhi, she is simply stunning, lending passion, fire and gentleness with such consummate ease that watching her perform is sheer delight."[32] The film was the highest grossing movie of 2002 and Dixit's performance earned her the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. It was also featured at the Cannes Film Festival. It turned out to be Dixit's last movie for a while as she took a sabbatical from films to raise her children.

The following year a film named after her, Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, was released[33] in which a woman (played by Antara Mali) aspires to become the new Madhuri Dixit by trying her luck in Bollywood.[34][35]

Dixit, also made her first appearance on Television as a host for the India's first reality show "Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai" on Sony TV.[36]

2007–2013: Return to film roles[edit]

In 2006, Dixit returned to Mumbai with her husband and sons to start filming for Aaja Nachle.[37] The film released in November 2007 and, despite the critics panning it, Dixit's performance was highly appreciated,[38][39] with the New York Times commenting about her that "she's still got it".[40][41] Her performance in Aaja Nachle earned her the record-setting thirteenth nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award.

On Women's International Day in 2007, Dixit topped Rediff's list of the Best Bollywood Actresses Ever.[42] In May 2008, she was given a tribute by Indian Film Festival at Los Angeles.[43] In March 2010, The Economic Times named Dixit in the list of the "33 women who made India proud".[44] She also received a Filmfare Special Award in honour of her 25 years in the Bollywood industry. In 2011, listed her in top 10 "Readers Choice: The Greatest Actresses of all time".[45]

In 2012, Madhuri Dixit unveiled her saute at Madame Tussauds London and became the 7th Bollywood celebrity to from India to have the honor in london.[46] Recently she has launched an application, Madhuri Dixit HD[47] on the iPad to connect with her fans.

Recently in 2013, she had worked on Gulaab Gang, a film based on the life of social-activist Sampat Pal and her group Gulabi Gang. Gulaab Gang was written and directed by Soumik Sen and also starred Juhi Chawla and Tannishtha Chatterjee.[48][49] In February 2013, she shot for Vishal Bhardwaj's Dedh Ishqiya, a sequel to critically acclaimed Ishqiya.[50] Dedh Ishqiya was directed by Abhishek Choubey and released on January 10, 2014.

2014–present: Comeback[edit]

In 2014 Madhuri had two movie releases the first being Dedh Ishqiya directed by Abishek Chaubey and produced by Vishal Bhardwaj, a sequel to the much acclaimed Ishqiya starring Vidya Balan. Dedh Ishqiya is the first time Huma Qureshi and Arshad Warsi shared screen space with Madhuri Dixit. The movie also stars Naseeruddin Shah. The movie released on 10 January 2014 and went on to becoming a plus performance at the box office. The movie performed well by collecting in Rs.31 crores against a budget of Rs.15 crores. Dedh Ishqiya also went on to become one of 2014's most critically acclaimed movies, all characters performances were well received and portrayed.

The second movie was Gulaab Gang, a movie directed by Soumik Sein. The movie also featured Juhi Chawla in a negative role. It was released on 7 March 2014 and became a flop by collecting on Rs.14.30 crores against a budget of Rs.25 crores. Both Madhuri and Juhi's performances were critically aclamed.

Later on in 2014, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa was renewed for a new season and Madhuri Dixit returned to the judging panel for the fourth time with her co-judges Remo D'Souza and Karan Johar.



Dixit dancing on stage for the Unforgettable Tour in 2008

Dixit is not only known for her acting skills,[34][35][42][51][51][52] but for her dancing skills as well.[53] Often referred to as the "Dhak Dhak Girl", she is famous for her dance in the song "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga" from the film Beta. She is also known for her dance sequences accompanying Bollywood songs such as "Ek Do Teen" (from Tezaab), "Humko Aaj Kal Hai" (from Sailaab), "Bada Dukh Deenha" (from Ram Lakhan), "Chane Ke Khet Mein" (from Anjaam), "Didi Tera Devar Deewana" (from Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!), "Choli Ke Peechhe" (from Khalnayak), "Akhiyan Milaun" (from Raja), "Mera Piya Ghar Aaya" (from Yaraana), "Kay Sera Sera" (from Pukar), "Badi Mushkil" (from Lajja), "Maar Daala" (from Devdas), "Aaja Nachle" (from Aaja Nachle), and "Ghagra" (from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani).

As an artiste, Dixit has often been compared to Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Nargis, who were among the most popular actresses of the black-and-white era of Bollywood. She was referred to as the Madhubala of the 1990s.

Pandit Birju Maharaj, a Kathak dancer, who choreographed Dixit in the film Devdas for the song "Kaahe Chhed" calls her as "the best Bollywood dancer due to her versatility."[54] Film critic Raja Sen describes Dixit as "the industry's numero uno in every sense." Further he elaborates, "She is an exemplary dancer. From Kathak to Dhak Dhak, she's done it all and wowed us every step of the way."[55][56] Saroj Khan, who choreographer most of Dixit's early hits, after working with her again in Gulaab Gang called her, "choreographer's delight".[57]

Dance Academy[edit]

In 2013, Madhuri launched her own dance academy through an online website which is called "Dance with Madhuri. The acadamy is accessible to 172 countries and has more than 100,000 frequent users. As well as Madhuri, other very well known dancing gurus have been teaching on "Dance with Madhuri" such as the National award winning choreographer Saroj Khan, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Remo D'souza and many more.

The dance academy teaches all types of dance forms such as Bollywood, Waltz, Samba, Dandia, etc. Madhuri also teaches one on one special classes, teaching her students some of her most memorable dance numbers such as Ek Do Teen, Mayi Ne Mayi, Aaja Nachle, Ghagra and Badi Mushkil.

Non-Acting Work[edit]

Stage performances[edit]

Dixit is a frequent performer and has participated in several world tours and concerts. With a huge fan base, Madhuri is one of the most requested stars to perform nationally and internationally. She has taken part in some of the biggest Bollywood tours in the world, with some of the biggest stars, such as Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan.

In the summer of 2008, Madhuri, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Ritesh Deshmukh, starred in the "Unforgettable World Tour" stage production. The tour covered the USA, Canada, Trinidad, and London, England.

In 2013, Dixit joined the fourth instalment of Shahrukh Khans Temptation tour "Temptation Reloaded" where they visited and performed series of concerts in Auckland, Perth, Sydney and Dubai; it also featured Rani Mukerjee, Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Honey Singh and Meiyang Chang.[58] Madhuri also performed at the 14th IIFA Awards 2013, where she made her first ever appearance which was held in Macau.

In March 2014, Madhuri was again invited to perform at the 15th IFFA Awards 2014, where she dance on a medley of her most popular dance numbers. On October 5, 2014 Madhuri was seen performing in London at the O2 arena. She performed as a part of joining her good friend Shah Rukh Khan for his promotional tour 'The Slam Tour' to promote his upcoming movie Happy New Year. Again on October 25, Madhuri Dixit performed in Mauritius in the Anjalay Stadium on the occasion of Diwali which also featured Farhan Akhtar.


Madhuri has endorsed many well known brands, from both national and international fields such as Olay, Oral B, Taj Mahal Tea, PN Gadil Jewlers, Maggie noodles, etc.

Social work[edit]

In 2001 Dixit won INR 5,000,000 on Kaun Banega Crorepati, a game show then in its first season on the air. She directed that her winnings be donated for the welfare of victims of an earthquake in Gujarat and to an orphanage in Pune.

In 2009 Dixit performed for NDTV Toyota Greenathon – India's first-ever nationwide campaign for save the environment and creating awareness about environmental issues. NDTV organised India's first 24-hour live telethon – a fund-raising event that brings in people to donate money to support TERI's initiative – Lighting a Billion Lives which aims at providing solar power to villages without electricity. Dixit became a part of this great social cause, and she performed her hit numbers on the live show.[59][60]

On 3 February 2011 Dixit spent an evening with 75 orphanage kids of farmers at an ashram in Trimbakeshwar and participated in the birthday of two children: Hrishikesh and Rani. "We artists are ready to help such children. People from the higher society should come forward and stand firmly behind them," she said on the occasion.[61]

Humanitarian Work[edit]

Madhuri Dixit at the Emeralds for Elephant organisation

Dixit is a Goodwill Ambassador and a patron for "Emeralds for Elephants" — a charity project for the conservation of Asian Elephants and other endangered species. This project has been designed to create awareness and raise vital funds for the protection of the critically endangered Asian Elephant. A collaborative project between the World Land Trust (a UK based nonprofit environmental organisation) and the Wildlife Trust of India that is creating protected wildlife corridors connecting National Parks and protected areas to others. Speaking about the issue she said: "Elephants are one of my favourite animals and I love them. So what we need to do today is to see how we can preserve our animals. I feel very strongly about this."[62]

On 4 February 2012 Madhuri Dixit interacted with Cancer affected children on World Cancer Day organised by Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd at Juhu, Mumbai.On World Cancer Day Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited offered a Free Joy Ride to Cancer affected children with the support of Cancer Patients Aid Association.[63]

Television appearances[edit]

Dixit on the sets of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 along with her co-judges Remo D'souza (left) and Karan Johar (right)

In the year 1985, she appeared in the Rajshri Production's TV show Paying Guest. She came in the first episode of the show as Neena.[64]

In 2001 on the popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati '​s first season, hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, she won INR 5,000,000 that she donated for people affected in natural calamities. She also made an appearance in Season 4's Grand Finale that aired in 2010. In 2002, Dixit hosted a TV show Kahina Kahi Koi Hai which was a match-making show that aired on Sony Entertainment.[65]

She also made appearances on Koffee with Karan in Seasons two and three that aired in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Her Season 2 appearance was a solo appearance and in Season 3 she shared the chat show with Sonakshi Sinha. In 2014, Madhuri made her third appearance on Koffee with Karan, on its fourth season alongside Juhi Chawla.

Dixit has been guest on Nach Baliye Season 1 and 3, a celebrity-couple dancing competition in 2005 (aired on Star One) & 2007 (aired on Star Plus).

In 2011, she appeared as a judge on the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 along with other co-judges Remo D'souza and Malaika Arora Khan.[66]

In 2012 and 2013, Dixit rejoined for Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 5 and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 along with her co-judges Remo D'souza and Karan Johar.[67][68]

Madhuri also appeared on Indias Got Talent as a guest judge on two separate occasions for the promotion of her upcoming movies Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab Gang that released in early 2014.

Later on in 2014, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa was renewed for a new season, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 where yet again we saw the diva herself Madhuri Dixit return to the judging panel for her fourth time with her co-judges Remo D'souza and Karan Johar.

Personal life[edit]

On 17 October 1999, Dixit married Dr. Shriram Madhav Nene, a Cardiovascular Surgeon from Los Angeles, California.[69][70][71] Nene is also from a Marathi Brahmin family.[72] They have two sons, Arin (b. March 2003) and Rayaan (b. March 2005). After marriage, Dixit had relocated to Denver, US for almost a decade. In October 2011, Dixit again shifted her base back to Mumbai, India, along with her family.[73]

Dixit has been the muse for the Indian painter M.F. Husain. He was so fascinated by Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! that he watched the film 67 times, and in 2007 he booked an entire theatre to see her comeback movie Aaja Nachle[74] He made a series of paintings of her, and in 2000 made a film named Gaja Gamini starring her, which was intended as a tribute to Dixit herself.[75]

Dixit has always been a passionate dancer, and therefore turned her passion into reality by opening her own online dance academy "Dance With Madhuri", where her fans have a one to one lesson to learn some of her most famous and well known dance numbers.[76]

On October 13, 2013 Madhuri lost her father, who was 91 years of age to a prolonged illness. A small gathering was held in Mumbai, where family and friends were present to pay condolences.

Awards and Nominations[edit]


1984AbodhGauriDebut Movie
1985Awara BaapBarkha
1986Manav Hatya[77]Rama Dixit
1987Uttar DakshinChanda
1988Khatron Ke KhiladiKavita
1988DayavanNeela Velhu
1988TezaabMohiniNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
1989Ram LakhanRadha
1989Prem PratigyaaLaxmiNominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1989TridevDivya Mathur
1989Kanoon Apna ApnaBharathi
1989Paap Ka AntNisha
1989Satyavadi Raja Harishchandra[78]HerselfGujarati film
Special appearance in a song
1990Kishen KanhaiyaAnju
1990DilMadhu MehraFilmfare Best Actress Award
1990Deewana Mujh Sa NahinAnita
1990Jeevan Ek SangharshMadhu Sen
1990SailaabDr. Sushma Malhotra
1990Jamai RajaRekha
1991Pyar Ka DevtaDevi
1991100 DaysDevi
1991SaajanPoojaNominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1992BetaSaraswatiFilmfare Best Actress Award
1992Zindagi Ek JuaJuhi
1992Prem DeewaneShivangi Mehra
1992KhelSeema/Dr.Jadi Buti
1992SangeetNirmala Devi & Sangeeta
1993KhalnayakGanga Aisha (Gangotri Verma)Nominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1993Dil Tera AashiqSonia Khanna/Savitri Devi
1993Aasoo Bane AngaareyUsha
1994AnjaamShivani ChopraNominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1994Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!Nisha ChoudhuryFilmfare Best Actress Award

Screen Best Actress Award

1995RajaMadhu GarewalNominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award

Screen Best Actress Award

1995YaraanaLalita/ShikhaNominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award
1995Paappi DevataaReshma
1996Prem GranthKajri
1996Raj KumarRajkumari Vishaka
1997MahaantaJenny Pinto
1997MrityudandKetkiScreen Best Actress Award
1997MohabbatShweta Sharma
1997Dil To Pagal HaiPoojaFilmfare Best Actress Award

Zee Cine Best Actress Award

1998Bade Miyan Chhote MiyanHerselfSpecial appearance
1998WajoodApoorva Choudhury
2000PukarAnjaliNominated—Filmfare Best Actress

Nominated—Screen Best Actress

Nominated—Zee Cine Best Actress

Nominated—IIFA Best Actress

2000Gaja GaminiGaja Gamini/Sangita/Shakuntala/Monika/Mona Lisa
2001Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar KeNeha
2001LajjaJankiNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress

Zee Cine Best Supporting Actress

2002Hum Tumhare Hain SanamRadha
2002DevdasChandramukhiFilmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress

Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Zee Cine Best Actress

Nominated—IFFA Best Actress

2007Aaja NachleDiyaNominated—Filmfare Best Actress Award

Nominated—Star Of The Year

2013Bombay TalkiesHerselfSpecial appearance in song "Apna Bombay Talkies"
2013Yeh Jawaani Hai DeewaniMohiniSpecial Appearance in song "Ghagra"
2014Dedh IshqiyaBegum Para
2014Gulaab GangRajjo


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