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Madhuri Dixit ( ) (born Madhuri Shankar Dixit on 15 May 1967) is an Indian Bollywood actress. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, she established herself as one of Hindi cinema's leading actresses and accomplished dancers. She appeared in numerous commercial successes and was recognised for several performances as well as dance numbers in various films. Dixit is often cited by the media as one of the most prominent female actresses in Bollywood. In 2008, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India.

Early life

Madhuri Dixit is a native of Mumbaimarker, India. She was born Madhuri Shankar Dixit to Shankar and Snehlata Dixit, of a Marathi Chitpavan Brahmin family. Dixit attended Divine Child High Schoolmarker and Mumbai University and wanted to be a microbiologist. She is an accomplished Kathak dancer and trained for eight years.

Film career

Madhuri Dixit made her acting debut in Abodh (1984). After a few minor and supporting roles, she landed the lead female role in Tezaab (1988), which shot her to stardom, and for which she received her first Filmfare nomination. She then starred in a number of hits that included Ram Lakhan (1989), Parinda (1989), Tridev (1989), and Kishen Kanhaiya (1990).

In 1990, Dixit starred in Indra Kumar's romantic-drama Dil, alongside Aamir Khan. She played the role of Madhu Mehra, a rich and spoiled young girl who falls in love with Raja, played by Khan, and later leaves her house in order to marry him. The film became one of the biggest box-office hits of the year in India, and Dixit's performance earned her the first Filmfare Best Actress Award of her career.

She followed Dil with another line of hits, including Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun! (1994), and Raja (1995). Dixit's performance in Beta, that of a woman married to an illiterate, well-meaning man who exposes her scheming mother-in-law, won her a second Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun! became one of the biggest grossers ever in the history of Hindi cinema. It went on to collect over Rs. 650 million in India and over Rs. 150 million overseas, and won Dixit her third Filmfare Best Actress Award. In that same year, Dixit was also nominated in the same category for her performance in Anjaam, which won her critical acclaim.

After an unsuccessful year in 1996, Dixit appeared as Pooja in Yash Chopra's Dil To Pagal Hai (1997). The film was a major national success, both critically and commercially, and Dixit won her fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award. In that same year, Dixit starred in Prakash Jha's critically acclaimed Mrityudand. The film was known for straddling the boundary between a commercial and an art film. It won the Best Feature Film award at the Cinéma Tout Ecran in Geneva and the Bangkok Film Festival. Dixit's performance in the film landed her the Best Actress award at the annual Star Screen Awards.

Dixit is not only known for her acting skills, but for her dancing skills as well. Her dance sequences, accompanying famous Bollywood songs such as Ek Do Teen (from Tezaab), Humko Aaj Kal Hai (from Sailaab), Bada Dukh Deenha (from Ram Lakhan), Dhak Dhak (from Beta), Chane Ke Khet Mein (from Anjaam), Choli Ke Peechhe (from Khalnayak), Akhiyan Milaun (from Raja), Piya Ghar Aya (from Yaarana), Key Sera (from Pukar), Maar Daala (from Devdas), among others, have received abundant critical acclaim.

In 2002, she starred in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas with Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. Her performance was applauded and earned her a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. The film attracted worldwide attention and was featured at the Cannes Film Festivalmarker.

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

On 25 February 2006 she performed on stage for the first time in six years at the Filmfare Awards to music from her last movie Devdas. Her performance was choreographed by Saroj Khan.

Madhuri Dixit has been the muse for the famous Indian painter M.F. Husain who considers her the epitome of womanhood. Hence he made a film named Gaja Gamini (2000) in which Madhuri acted. The film was intended as a tribute to Ms. Dixit herself. In this film she can be seen portraying various forms and manifestations of womanhood including the muse of Kalidasa, Leonardo's Mona Lisa, a rebel, and an incarnation of musical euphoria.

On 7 December 2006, Dixit returned to Mumbaimarker along with her husband and sons to start filming for Aaja Nachle (2007). The film released in November 2007 and despite the critics panning it, Dixit's performance was well received, with the New York Times commenting about her that "she's still got it".

On Women's International Day in 2007, Dixit topped Rediff's list of the Best Bollywood Actresses Ever.

Personal life

In 1999, Madhuri Dixit married Sriram Madhav Nene, a UCLAmarker-trained cardiovascular surgeon who practices in Denvermarker; Dr. Nene is also from a Marathi Konkanastha Brahmin family. She has two sons, Arin (born on 18 March 2003 in Coloradomarker) and Raayan (born on 8 March 2005 in Coloradomarker).

She has two elder sisters, Rupa and Bharati, and an elder brother, Ajit. Madhuri and her family reside in Denvermarker, Coloradomarker,USA.

Awards and nominations

Filmfare Awards



Star Screen Awards



Zee Cine Awards



IIFA Awards


Stardust Awards


Honours and recognitions

  • 1997: "Kalabhinetri" award by the Government of Andhra Pradeshmarker
  • 2001: National Citizen's Award
  • 2001: Forbes named Dixit among the Top Five Most Powerful Indian Movie Stars.
  • 2007: "Bollywood's Best Actress Ever"
  • 2008: Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award by the Government of India
  • 2008: Honored at IFFLA Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles


Year Film Role Other notes
1984 Abodh Gauri
1985 Awara Baap
1986 Swati
1987 Mohre
Hifazat Janki
Uttar Dakshin Chanda
1988 Khatron Ke Khiladi Kavita
Dayavan Neela Velhu
Tezaab Mohini Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1989 Vardi Jaya
Ram Lakhan Radha
Prem Pratigyaa Laxmi Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Ilaaka Vidya
Mujrim Sonia
Tridev Divya Mathur
Kanoon Apna Apna Bharathi
Parinda Paro India's official entry to the Oscars
Paap Ka Anth
1990 Maha Sangram
Kishen Kanhaiya Anju
Izzatdaar Mohini
Dil Madhu Mehra Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin Anita
Jeevan Ek Sangharsh Madhu Sen
Sailaab Dr. Sushma
Jamai Raja Rekha
Thanedaar Chanda
1991 Pyaar Ka Devata Devi
Khilaaf Sweta
100 Days Devi
Pratikaar Madhu
Saajan Pooja Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Prahaar Shirley
1992 Beta Saraswati Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Zindagi Ek Jua Juhi
Prem Deewane Shivangi Mehra
Khel Seema/Dr.Jadi Buti
1993 Dharavi Dreamgirl
Sahibaan Sahibaan
Khalnayak Ganga (Gangotri Devi) Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Dil Tera Aashiq Sonia Khanna/Savitri Devi
Aansoo Bane Angaray
1994 Anjaam Shivani Chopra Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! Nisha Choudhury Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1995 Raja Madhu Garewal Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Yaraana Lalita/Shikha Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1996 Prem Granth Kajri
Paapi Devta
Raj Kumar
1997 Koyla Gauri
Mahaanta Jenny Pinto
Mrityudand Phoolva Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Mohabbat Shweta Sharma
Dil To Pagal Hai Pooja Winner, Filmfare Best Actress Award
1998 Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan Madhuri Dixit Special appearance
Wajood Apoorva Choudhury
1999 Aarzoo Pooja
2000 Pukar Anjali Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award
Gaja Gamini Gaja Gamini/Sangita/Shakuntala/Monika/Mona Lisa
2001 Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke Neha
Lajja Janki Nominated, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
2002 Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam Radha
Devdas Chandramukhi Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award India's official entry to the Oscars
2007 Aaja Nachle Diya Nominated, Filmfare Best Actress Award


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