Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit Naene (nee Dixit, born 15 May 1967), is an Indian actress. She is one of the most prominent leading Hindi actresses and has appeared in more than 70 films. Six Filmfare Awards were awarded to her, a record number of nominations. The Government of India presented her with Padma Shri in 2008, the fourth highest civilian honor of the country.

Dixit was born in Mumbai and made her acting debut in 1984 when she played a major role in the drama Abodh. After several commercially unsuccessful films, Dixit rose to fame with Tezaab (1988). She also starred in the romantic dramas Dil (1990), Beta (92), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), and Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), where she won four trophies for Filmfare Award as Best Actress. Ram Lakhan (1989), Tridev (89), Thanedaar(90), Thanedaar(90), Kishen Kanhaiya [1990], Saajan (1991], Khalnayak (993), Raja (1995).

Background and early life

Madhuri Dixit was conceived in Bombay (present day Mumbai) into a MarathiKokanastha family. She is the daughter of Shankar and Snehlata. She is the daughter of two older sisters and an elder brother. She began dancing at age three and trained in Kathak for eight more years. Later, she became a professional Kathak dancer.

When I was nine years old, I received a scholarship to be a Kathak dancer. It was because of a performance in Kathak that my name first appeared in the newspaper. I was seven- or eight years old when that happened. I had previously performed at Guru Purnima. A journalist was also present and had written an article saying that “this little girl stole it” – or something similar. I was overwhelmed. Dance gave me a feeling of accomplishment. Of worth.”

Dixit completed her education at Divine Child High School, Andheri. She was also involved in extracurricular activities such as drama. Dixit enrolled in the Sathaye college, Vile Parle (Mumbai), where microbiology was one of her subjects in her BSc. Six months after starting her course, Dixit decided that she wanted to pursue a full-time career as a filmmaker.

Acting as a career

In 1984, Dixit’s cinema debut was with Rajshri Productions’ drama Abodh. She was opposite Tapas Paul, a Bengali actor. Although the film was not released commercially, Dixit’s performance received positive reviews from critics. Aakash Barvalia, Gomolo said that Madhuri is a talented young bride. She plays the role of a village girl who doesn’t understand what marriage is. Her 1985 release, Awara Baap, was a failure at the box office.  A monochrome photo of hers taken by Gautam Rajadhyaksha during this period was on the cover Debonair, and she was the cover girl for Filmfare in April 1986. 

 Personal life

In a traditional ceremony at Dixit’s older brother’s home in Southern California, Dixit married Shriram Mdhav Nene on 17 October 1999 amid media speculation about her personal life. Nene hadn’t seen any of Dixit’s films and wasn’t aware of her celebrity status. Dixit explained their relationship saying that Nene didn’t know her as an actress and would only then know me as a person. People have preconceived notions about you when they see you as an actress. I met the right person and wanted to marry him. Nene and Dixit’s Mumbai wedding reception was attended by many prominent Indian personalities including the then CM Maharashtra Vilasrao Dashmukh and Shivsena chief Bal Thackeray. Dilip Kumar, Sairabanu, Yash Chopra and Sridevi

Dixit moved to Denver, Colorado after her marriage. Dixit gave birth on 17 March 2003 to Arin. Ryan was born two years later on the 8th of March 2005. She called motherhood “amazing” but added that her children kept her “the child in me alive”.

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