Birthday Love: The mischievous side to Madhuri Dixit Nene

Yasmin Shabir

Features Writer


When this actress is mentioned one automatically thinks a phenomenal dancer and a performer with fantastic expressions. During the 90’s they managed to experiment with the roles they did from the sweet girl next door to a woman fighting for her rights. However there were quite a few films where they played colourful characters that the audience loved.

The actress being mentioned is of course Madhuri Dixit Nene who is a legend when it comes to both acting and dancing. On the occasion of her birthday will look at five songs where seriousness disappears and the playful side of the actress appears.

‘Tu Kya Pyar Karega’ from ‘Sahibaan’ (1993)
Nene played the role of the village belle Sahibaan who was actually a young lady but still acted like a child thanks to her father spoiling her. Gopi (Rishi Kapoor) was the only one who could make her do anything as she secretly had a crush on him. Her poor mother who tried to get her to help with the house chores failed every time but when Gopi (Kapoor) tells Sahibaan (Nene) just once to start acting like a young lady she takes note.

The situation in the song is such that Sahibaan has brought food for Gopi but when she sees that he is complaining about her to another girl she is hurt. She calls him heartless for not seeing how much she has changed for him in his love. Nene displayed so many emotions in the song from anger to being mischievous and then happiness at having her love accepted.

A sweet song sung by Anuradha Paudwal. It’s heart touching lyrics and playful performance by Nene will make anyone a fan of this beautiful song.

‘Didi Tera Devar Deewana’ from ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!’ (1994)
Only one word can be used to describe this song and that is iconic. When Nene will be remembered this song will always come to mind. Nene sparkled on this song with her bewitching beauty, her iconic purple outfit and her magical charm.

In the song Nisha (Nene) can be seen celebrating with other ladies at a baby shower. The baby shower is for her sister Pooja (Renuka Shahane) who can be seen enjoying her special day. During the song Nisha and the other girls can be seen making fun of Pooja’s (Shahane) brother in law. It was a playful song filled with comedy.

The late singers Lata Mangeshkar and S.P. Balasubrahmanyam were outstanding in this song. Mangeshkar who was over the age of sixty sung for the young Nene at the time. Who would have guessed that was the case as Mangeshkar’s vocals suited Nene so well. Truly a legend who could add some sweetness and naughtiness to a song just with her vocals. It is said that the audience loved this song so much that they demanded this legend received an award and in the end they did.

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‘Tumne Agar Pyar Se’ from ‘Raja’ (1995)
Raja (Sanjay Kapoor) kicks Madhu (Nene) out of his house because of her lies and childish behaviour. Seeing how Raja (Kapoor) won’t understand her love and affection for him, she becomes angry and expresses herself through this song. Nene had received a lot of love for this film because of the role she played, in fact some would say she was the hero of the film as she was that good.
This song is another reminder as to why her fans love her so much.

From the moment the beat kicks in just from Nene’s face one can sense what her character is feeling. Then in the next minute her character decides to let go. She opens her hair and ties her green sari in such a manner where she can dance freely without restrictions. Nene deserves a round of applause for the way she danced so passionately on this song. Every step she took was in sync with the beat of the music especially the beginning portion which is so fast.

Alka Yagnik’s vocals highlighted what Madhu was feeling in the song really well. If a person was to just listen to the audio they would be able to sense that the person is frustrated that the one they love isn’t taking them seriously.

‘Noorani Chehrewale’ from ‘Yaraana’ (1995)
Normally in films the audience gets to see the hero flirting with the leading lady but in this song it was the total opposite. Nene’s character was the one chasing the hero played by the late Rishi Kapoor. The song was great in every way possible from the music, the vocals, the choreography and of course the way it was picturised. Nene was a treat to watch in this song with her perfect dance steps and her playful expressions. This song is definitely one that Nene’s fans would have in their top five, purely because of how fun she made the song. Who can forget her comedic timing and the way her eyes lit up every time she annoyed Kapoor.

A special mention goes out to Kavita Krishnamurthy for accompanying Nene’s performance beautifully. Her vocals really added to that touch of masti.

‘Bhang Ke Nashe’ from ‘Koyla’ (1997)
Sung in the voice of Alka Yagnik this was truly a fun number to listen to. The song opens with Nene’s character Gauri realising that the ladoos her and her friends have taken from the temple contain bhang. After that the effects of the ladoos they’ve eaten cause them to create havoc throughout the village. In the song Gauri (Nene) can be seen singing and dancing with her friends who are all children. One could say that this song was important in the sense as it introduced Nene’s character in the film and showed how Gauri was playful and full of innocence.

The team at wishes Madhuri Dixit Nene a very happy birthday!