Birthday Wishes: Madhuri Dixit Nene

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Madhuri Dixit in 'Devdas'
Madhuri Dixit in 'Devdas'
Salman-Madhuri in Rajshi's 'Hum Aapke Hai Kaun'
Salman-Madhuri in Rajshi's 'Hum Aapke Hai Kaun'

She’s one of Bollywood’s most celebrated actresses, with a career spanning nearly 3 decades, Madhuri Dixit-Nene still never fails to impress audiences. With her ability to bring each character to life, where audiences are able to believe the realness of every emotion, along with her ever so mesmerising dance moves, in celebration of her birthday, ��BizAsia��take you through some of Dixit-Nene’s most acclaimed roles, in which she was most appreciated for.

Starting her acting career at the mere age of 17 with the film ‘Abodh’ (1984′) Dixit-Nene��first appeared on the big screens as the fun loving, happy go-lucky Gauri, whose life takes all kinds of twists and turns when she gets married at a really young age. Though this film didn’t do too well at the box office, Dixit-Nene managed to capture the hearts of many in an instant.

Dixit-Nene’s first major hit came 4 years later where her acting skills, along with her dancing skills shone through in a whole new light. ‘Tezaab’ (1988) saw the actress play one of her most famous characters, Mohini. Faced with a whole host of dilemma’s, from a drunken father to a good boy who she fell in love with gone bad, Dixit-Nene performed this role effortlessly, and her pairing with Anil Kapoor became one of many there after. Nominated for a Filmfare for Best Actress, she was most noticed for the famous song ‘Ek Do Teen’, where she was also appreciated as a top dancer.

The film ‘Dil’ (1990) saw Dixit-Nene opposite Aamir Khan. This film saw the actress play, what can be marked as a typical heroine. Her character Madhu first hates Khan’s charcter Raja, then they become friends, then fall in love, and with opposing parents get married and face even more turmoils. Playing the perfect heroine in the film, Dixit-Nene was critically acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, bagging her first Filmfare award for best actress.

In 1991, Dixit-Nene was seen in a film where her character becomes torn between two best friends. With Sanjay Dutt playing the mellow poetic handicap Aman, and Salman Khan playing the out-going Akash, ‘Saajan’ (1991) takes audiences on a journey through love, romance, heartbreak and sacrifice. Being nominated again for best actress, Dixit-Nene plays her character Pooja��with perfection, enticing the audiences to journey with her through every emotion, proving herself yet again as a phenomenal actress.

'Khal Nayak' starring Madhuri Dixit
'Khal Nayak' starring Madhuri Dixit

Playing another Radha, came Madhuri Dixit-Nene’s most prestigious role. In ‘Khal Nayak’ (1993) the actress portrays a feisty, yet loving character, who enters the world of top villain Ballu played by Dutt, in order to help her love Ram played by Jackie Shroff to capture him. Through the film, Dixit-Nene plays her character perfectly, where audiences are able to even understand her compassion and kindness for��Ballu. This film also gave Dixit-Nene another famous dance number, ‘Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai’. Despite cultivating some controversy, the song and picturisation became a major hit, and is still regarded as one of Bollywood’s most famous songs today.

In ‘Anjaam’ (1994) Dixit-Nene, proved to society that women can also be heroes. Starring opposite Shah Rukh Khan, the actress plays the character of��Shivani, who becomes widowed, motherless and thrown in jail to then seek revenge on Khan’s psycho character Vijay who is��responsible. With so much having happened to her character, Dixit-Nene is able to pull off every reaction to the t. Through her rage, sadness and aim for revenge, the audiences find themselves indulged in her character, questioning her situation as to what else would she do, as though they were going through each turmoil like Shivani.

Starring opposite Salman Khan, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ (1994) became a household favourite from the word go. Playing the typical younger sister, who seems a little more apparent then her older sibling, Dixit-Nene manages to capture the hearts of her audiences instantly. Through her character Nisha, they are able to see the joys of families joining, and progressing with each other through happiness and difficulties, and the effects of her love with Prem which almost gets sacrificed. Receiving another Filmfare Award for best actress, this film also showed Dixit-Nene’s amazing dance moves.

When Sanjay Leela Bhansali announced that he would be the one to bring back Madhuri Dxit-Nene after she married, audiences worldwide waited with high hopes and anticipation. Re-making ��the 1955 classic ‘Devdas’, Bhansali had Dixit-Nene play the extravagant courtesan Chandramukhi in 2002, who falls for the heartbroken hero played by Shah Rukh Khan. This film was the perfect comeback for Dixit-Nene, showing that even after 18 years of being in the film industry, she still managed to leave audiences awe struck by her perfect portrayal of her character. The actress played this character so well, she managed to represent the humanity in of someone from the profession of her character. Here was another film that used Dixit-Nene’s dancing talent perfectly, winning her the Best Supporting Actress Filmfare award.

Playing the perfect heroine in every character, Dixit-Nene never fails to impress. Topping every expectation, with additional films such as ‘Ram Lakhan’ (1989), Beta (1992), ‘Raja’ (1995), ‘Koyla’ (1997), ‘Dil To Pagal’ (1997), and ‘Aaja Nachle’ (2007) Dixi-Nene continues to spark the same magic on screen. With her beauty and glamour just getting better with age, BizAsia��would like to wish Madhuri Dixit-nene a very happy and wonderful birthday.

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