Madhuri Dixit is one of the most acclaimed actors and Kathak dancers Bollywood have ever witnessed. Born in a Marathi Brahmin Koknastha family to Mr. Shankar and Mrs. Snehlata, Madhuri Dixit has two sisters Rupa, Bharti, and brother Ajit. She performed decently well in her academics and aspired to become a Microbiologist which made her pursue the subject from Mumbai’s Sathaye College, formerly known as Parle College; but within six months she opted out from college to pursue her career in Bollywood. Though she debuted with ‘Abodh’ in 1984, it’s with ‘Tezaab’ (1988), a romantic thriller caste opposite Anil Kapoor, where she started garnering fame and popularity. She earned her first nomination of Filmfare Best Actress with this movie and it was also the highest grossing film in that year. Her performance in ‘Ek Do Tin’ made every heart groove to the beats of the song. During this time, Madhuri also got featured on Debonair and she was also featured as the cover girl on 1986 Filmfare edition. Since then she has graced more than 72 movies with her stupendous performances.
After ‘Tejaab’, Madhuri Dixit once again was paired with Anil Kapoor for Subhash Ghai’s ‘Ram Lakhan'(1989) which went on to be a super hit and the second highest grossing movie of the year. In her next ‘Prem Pratigya’ she received critical acclamation for her performance and earned her second nomination for Filmfare Best Actress Award. Dixit continued her success with her fourth pairing with Anil Kapoor in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s drama ‘Parinda’. In 1990, Madhuri starred in the romantic drama ‘Dil’ opposite Aamir Khan. The film became the biggest box office hit of the year and made her one of the leading actresses of Bollywood. Her performance in ‘Dil’ also earned her the first Filmfare Best Actress Award of her career. She was also seen in the dramas ‘Sailaab’ opposite Aditya Pancholi and ‘Kishen Kanhaiya’ opposite Anil Kapoor. The following year in 1991, she starred in the super-hit movie ‘Saajan’ opposite Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt which also earned her the fourth nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award. In 1992, Dixit featured in the film ‘Beta’ once again opposite Anil Kapoor which won her the second Filmfare Best Actress Award. Following the film’s success, Dixit became famously known as the “Dhak Dhak Girl” for her performance on the song “Dhak Dhak Karne Laga”.
In 1993, Dixit starred in the super-hit film ‘Khalnayak; opposite Sanjay Dutt and Jackie Shroff. Her portrayal of the police officer Ganga earned her critical acclaim and a sixth nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award and became the year’s second highest grossing film. 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. She was praised for her performance, even though the film was an average performer at the box office. Her next was ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ opposite Salman Khan. The film became one of the biggest hits & the highest grossing Bollywood film after its theatrical run and held this record for 7 years till the release of ‘Gadar: Ek Prem Katha’ (2001). Madhuri was awarded her third Filmfare Best Actress Award for the film. 1995 witnessed Dixit star in the hit film ‘Raja’ opposite Sanjay Kapoor. The film became the fourth highest grosser of the year and its success was attributed to her immense popularity. Her next release was David Dhawan’s ‘Yaraana’ opposite Rishi Kapoor, in which she played a dancer on the run from her abusive lover. Both films earned her nominations for the Filmfare Best Actress Award.
After a not so successful year in 1996 with films like ‘Prem Granth’ and ‘Rajkumar’Madhuri Dixit bounced back with Prakash Jha’s ‘Mrityudand’ in 1997 followed by Yash Chopra’s ‘Dil to Pagal Hai’ (1997), opposite Shahrukh Khan and Karisma Kapoor. Her performance in ‘Dil toh Pagal Hai’ fetched her the fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award. The film also proved to be a success at the box office. However, her career growth slowed down with films like Wajood (1998) and Aarzoo (1999). In 2000, Madhuri starred in Rajkumar Santoshi’s ‘Pukar’ opposite Anil Kapoor which earned her twelfth nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award. She then played the title character in ‘Gaja Gamini’ In 2001, Dixit starred in Deepak Shivdasani’s love triangle ‘Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke’ opposite Ajay Devgan and Preity Zinta, followed by reuniting with Rajkumar Santoshi in the multi-starer ‘Lajja’ (2001). Dixit was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for Lajja. In 2002, Dixit starred in a lead role in the love triangle film ‘Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam’ opposite Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan. Madhuri Dixit’s next release was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period romance ‘Devdas’, co-starring Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. Devdas was chosen as India’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language. Dixit won the Filmfare Best supporting actress award for the film. It turned out to be her last film for a while as she shifted to Denver, U.S.A with her husband Dr. Shriram Madhav Nene, a Cardiovascular Surgeon. She subsequently became a proud mother of two sons (Arin and Ryan) in March 2003 and March 8, 2005, respectively.
In 2006, Dixit returned to India with her family and acted in Anil Mehta’s dance film ‘Aaja Nachle’ (2007). It was her first release in five years and her performance was appreciated by critics and also earned her the nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award.
In 2008, she was also awarded the prestigious ‘Bharat Ratna’ for her contribution to Indian cinema by the Government of India. In 2011, Dixit was felicitated with the Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the film industry.
In 2012, she was seen in the comedy ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ (2014), a sequel to Ishqiya (2010) opposite Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, and Huma Qureshi. The film opened to a positive response from critics who called it “one of the year’s most important releases”. The film also earned her the fourteenth nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Her next release of the year was the debuted director Soumik Sen’s ‘Gulaab Gang’ alongside Juhi Chawla.
Madhuri Dixit made her debut in Marathi cinema both as an actor & Producer in 2018. She played the lead in ‘Bucket List’ and produced “15th August” which is slated for a Netflix worldwide released in 2019. She has also lent her voice for the Netflix original ‘Mowgli’.
In (2019) she was seen reunited with Anil Kapoor after 17years on screen in a comedy, action and adventure movie ‘Total Dhamaal’ the third sequel of ‘Dhamaal’ (2007). In the same year, she also a part of Dharma productions ‘Kalank’ a period drama film directed by Abhishekh Varman starring along with Sanjay Dutt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Alia Bhatt, and Sonakshi Sinha.
Madhuri Dixit is also associated with various philanthropic activities. She is associated with UNICEF since 2014 to advocate the rights of children, prevent child labor and child trafficking. She was appointed as the brand ambassador for the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign by the Government of India in 2015 that aspires to create awareness and upgrade the efficiency of welfare services intended for girls.
Dixit made her first appearance on television as a host for India’s first reality show Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai on Sony TV followed by Jhalak Dikhla Ja & Dance Deewane.
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