May 15, 2010

Birthday Special: Madhuri Dixit

To her fan legions, Madhuri Dixit was and still is the goddess of Grace and Style. Regarded widely as one of Bollywood's best superstar-actresses, Madhuri broke many-a-heart when she quit Bollywood in 1999. Her comeback movie, 'Aaja Nachle', was a half-hearted attempt, and fell flat at the B.O.

Here's a pictorial tribute to Queen Mads on her 43rd birthday.

Madhuri Shankar Dixit was born on May 15, 1967, in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Madhuri Dixit made her debut in Hiren Nag's 'Abodh' (1984), but it was 'Tezaab' (1988) that made Madhuri a rage among Indian Youth. Her 'Ek Do Teen' became a teen anthem.

Must-see movies of Madhuri Dixit: 'Devdas', 'Lajja', 'Pukar', 'Dil To Pagal Hai', 'Mrityudand', 'Hum Aapke Hai Koun!', 'Khalnayak', 'Dil', 'Beta', 'Saajan', '100 Days', 'Parinda', 'Ram Lakhan' and 'Tezaab'.

Madhuri will make her comeback on the small screen with 'Dance Premier League', on Sony TV.

In 2001, Forbes named Madhuri among the Top Five Most Powerful Indian Movie Stars.

Madhuri Dixit on being a home-maker: "All that pativrata bit I did in the movies was a cliché. Today, when I warm up the food or lay the table, I catch myself smiling."

Madhuri Dixit on fame: "It's so ironical. When you finally achieve recognition, you hide behind dark glasses."

Madhuri Dixit on success: "Good films flop, atrocious films do well. Uncertainty is the only certainty in this business."

Her dance number "Choli Ke Peeche" in 'Khalnayak' remains one of the all time favourite item numbers.

Madhuri Dixit on media: "The tendency in the media is to portray everyone in the film industry as sex-starved creatures. Please spare us."

Madhuri Dixit married Sriram Madhav Nene in 1999. She is now settled in Denver with her husband and two sons.

Madhuri Dixit wanted to become a micro-biologist.

Madhuri Dixit is an accomplished Kathak dancer.

In 2008, Madhuri was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India.

A movie has been named after Madhuri: 'Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon'. The protagonist of this film, played by Antara Mali, wants to be "the new Madhiri Dixit of Bollywood".