Madhuri Dixit (Marathi: माधुरी दीक्षित) (born as Madhuri Shankar Dixit on May 15, 1967) is an award winning Indian Bollywood actress and one of the biggest stars of the Indian film industry. Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, she dominated Hindi cinema as a leading actress, appearing in many hit films. She is considered to be an icon of the Bollywood film industry.
Maduri Dixit made her acting debut in Abodh (1986). After a few minor and supporting roles the film which shot her to fame was the hit film Tezaab (198. She then went on to star in the hit films such as Ram Lakhan (1989), Parinda (1989), Tridev (1989), Dil (1990), Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993), the Bollywood blockbuster Hum Aapke Hain Kaun! (1994) and Raja (1995).
After a year of little success, she appeared as Pooja in the blockbuster Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), for which she won her fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award. In that same year, Dixit starred in Prakash Jha's critically acclaimed Mrityudand. The film straddled the boundary between an art and a commercial film. It won the Best Feature Film at the Cinéma Tout Ecran in Geneva, the Bangkok Film Festival and the Sansui Awards (Critics' Choice). Her performance in the film also landed her Best Actress awards at the Star Screen Awards and Sansui Awards.
Her dance sequences accompanying many famous Bollywood songs such as Ek Do Teen (from Tezaab), Bada Dukh Dina (from Ram Lakhan), Dhak Dhak (from Beta), Chane Ke Kheth Mein (from Anjaam), Choli Ke Peechche (from Khalnayak), Akhiyan Milau (from Raja), Piya Ghar Aya (from Yaarana), Key Sera (from Pukar), Mardala (from Devdas), and many others have received abundant critical acclaim.
In 2002, she starred in Devdas, with actor 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 Festival..
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 February 25, 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. Hussain who considers her the epitome of the Indian woman. She also appeared in his film, Gaja Gamini (2000). The film was intended as a tribute to Dixit.
On December 7, 2006, Dixit returned to Mumbai along with her husband and sons to start filming for Aaja Nachle (2007).. Aaja Nachle released on November 30, 2007.
On Women's International Day in 2007, Dixit topped the list of the Best Bollywood Actresses Ever
Madhuri Dixit is a native of Mumbai, India. She was born Madhuri Shankar Dixit to Shankar and Snehlata Dixit, of a Marathi Chitpavan Brahmin family. Dixit attended Parle College and wanted to be a micro-biologist. She is trained as a Kathak dancer, in the Indian classical tradition.
She married an Indian-American, Dr. Sriram Madhav Nene, in 1999. A UCLA-trained cardiovascular surgeon who practices in Denver, Nene is also from a Marathi Koknastha Brahmin family. She has two sons, Arin (born in March 2003 in Colorado) and Ryan (born on March 8, 2005 in Colorado).
She has two elder sisters, Rupa and Bharati, and an elder brother, Ajit. Madhuri now lives with Dr. Nene and her two children in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Awards and nominations
* 1990: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Dil.
* 1992: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Beta
* 1994: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
* 1997: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Dil To Pagal Hai
* 2002: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Devdas
Star Screen Awards
* 1994: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Hum Aapke Hain Kaun!
* 1995: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Raja
* 1997: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Mrityudand
* 2002: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress for Devdas
Zee Cine Awards
* 1998: Best Actress for Dil To Pagal Hai
* 2002: Best Supporting Actress for Lajja
* 1988: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Tezaab
* 1989: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Prem Pratigya
* 1991: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Saajan
* 1993: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Khalnayak
* 1995: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Raja
* 1995: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Yaraana
* 1997: Filmfare Best Actress Award for Mrityudand
* 2000: Star Screen Award Best Actress for Pukar
* 2000: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for Pukar
* 2000: IIFA Best Actress Award for Pukar
* 2001: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for Lajja
* 2003: Star Screen Award Best Supporting Actress for Devdas
* 2003: Zee Cine Award Best Actor- Female for Devdas
Honours and recognitions
* 2001 - National Citizen's Award
* 2007 - "Bollywood's Best Actress Ever" 
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