Madhuri Dixit Nene, the original dancing diva of Bollywood, turns 49 in three days. Fondly called as the Dhak Dhak girl of Indian cinema, she is a multi-talented actress, dancer, as well as a judge on a reality TV show (Jhalak Dikhla Ja). Owing to her 1000 watt smile and mystic aura, she has been able to steal a million hearts and rule Bollywood for decades. On the occasion of her 49th birthday, we present to you a few interesting facts about her:
1. Early Life
Madhuri was born in a Maharashtrian family to Late Shankar Dixit and Snehlata Dixit in the year 1967. She has three elder siblings: two sisters (Rupa Dixit and Bharti Dixit), and a brother Ajit Dixit.
2. Wanted To Become A Microbiologist
She never wanted to pursue a career in acting, she wanted to become a Microbiologist someday.
But fate had something different to offer and she ended up becoming one of the most renowned actress in the history Indian cinema.
3. It took Madhuri Eight Years to Deliver a Commercial Hit
Madhuri started her acting career with Abodh but got her first commercial hit in the form of Tezaab only after eight years.
4. Filmfare Awards
Do you know that this Dhak Dhak girl has the record for having the maximum number of Filmfare nominations (14 times) in the Best Actress category and has won 5 Filmfare Awards?
5. Choreographed by Birju Maharaj
This Bollywood diva with the most beautiful smile is the only actress of her era to be choreographed by Pandit Birju Maharaj in the song for the Sanjay Leela Bhansali classic Devdas (song: Kahe Chhed Mohe). The Kathak guru complimented her saying that she is undoubtedly the best Bollywood dancer.
6. Madhuri has a star Named After Her
Can you believe that one of those celestial bodies in the Orion Constellation has been named after Madhuri Dixit?
7. M F Hussain Is Smitten by this mesmerising beauty
The legendary painter M F Hussain is such a big fan of this Bollywood Queen that he has watched Hum Apke Hain Kaun at least 67 times. Also, when Madhuri made a comeback to Bollywood after almost a decade’s break, he booked an entire theatre to watch the flick Aaja Nachle. Now that’s what we call real fandom!
8. Her outfit Weighed 30Kgs
Yes, you heard it right! She managed to look elegant and dance gracefully on the song Kahe Chede Chede Mohe from Devdas wearing a 30kg outfit.
9. Awarded Padma Shri
In the year 2008, this Bollywood actress with the most mesmerising smile was honoured with the Padma Shri award (India’s 4th highest civilian award).
10. Kargil War
Madhuri literally has fans from all corners of the world, including our neighbour Pakistan. During the Kargil War, it was reported that Pakistani army taunted saying that they would give up Kashmir if India gives them Madhuri. As a reply to this, Captain Batra shot the taunter and said: “From Madhuri, With Love”.
Madhuri is one such Bollywood actress whose popularity has only increased with the passing years. We wish her a very Happy Birthday!!