Happy Birthday Madhuri Dixit: From Damsel To Dancing Diva

As the once reigning queen of Bollywood, Madhuri Dixit turns 46 today, we wish her the very best and hope to see her reclaim her crown through her upcoming films.

More photosFrom playing a de-glamorous bride in ‘Abodh’ and transforming herself into the sensuous dancing diva, Madhuri Dixit’s career over two decades has had its share of highs and lows.

Born in a Maharashtrian Brahmin family, Madhuri’s aspirations to become an actress were like dreams of any ordinary girl. But with the success she has achieved, Madhuri Dixit has surely inspired many to take the same route.

Inspite of being a trained Kathak dancer, Madhuri was not just known for her dancing moves. Movie buffs did shell out a ticket to watch her set the screen ablaze with ‘Dhak-Dhak’ and ‘Ek Do Teen’ but there was more to the dancing diva. Her acting.

Most of Dixit’s initial films had her playing the girl next door (‘Manav’, ‘Hatya’, ‘Abodh’). While these films did not earn box office success, Madhuri got critical acclaim and was acknowledged for her performances. Her major breakthrough came with ‘Tezaab’, which won her the Filmfare award. From then there was no looking back for this damsel turned diva.

She continued to win hearts of audiences with her performances in ‘Dil’, ‘Saajan’, ‘Anjaam’, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’ and at the same time entertained audiences with her dance moves in ‘Beta’, ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’. With Madhuri at the peak of her career what broke the hearts of many fans was her sudden marriage to Dr. Sriram Nene.

Fans wanted to see Madhuri back on screen and post a sabbatical she did make a comeback with films like ‘Pukar’, ‘Aarzoo’. However, the spell that Madhuri had cast seemed to have faded away. Questions over her age and her roles with younger stars came into limelight and it seemed all over for the diva until she bounced back with ‘Devdas’.

In a career spanning over two decades Madhuri’s filmy career has seen it all – the highs and lows – whether it was her comeback film ‘Aaja Nachle’ which was a disaster or her tryst as a judge on ‘Jhalak Dikhlaja’. It would be surprising to see if her song “Ghagra” in ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ and her films ‘Gulabi Gang’ and ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ strike the same magic. Remember “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai?”

Who does not? Happy Birthday Madhuri.

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