Bollywood's dancing queen Madhuri Dixit turns a year older today. The diva has charmed many hearts through her onscreen performances in her long and successful career in films. On the occasion of her 47th birthday, we remember some of her most notable roles.
Abodh: Madhuri's acting debut in 'Abodh' at the young age of sixteen was well received. In the film, Madhuri played the role of an innocent, immature girl who is married off at a young age. It is only after she grows up that she realizes the love for her husband and the intimacy that comes with marriage.
Tezaab: Madhuri Dixit rose to fame with 1988 ‘Tezaab’, making her one of the biggest female stars. She essayed the role of an item girl phenomenally well as she played a girl who is forced to become a dancer after being sold to a gangster. Her dance steps in ‘Ek Do Teen’, had the audience absolutely mesmerised.
Ram Lakhan: In 1989, Madhuri paired opposite Anil Kapoor in Subhash Ghai’s ‘Ram Lakhan’. Even though she had a small part to play, Madhuri stole the show and ‘Ram Lakhan’ went on to become a major blockbuster.
Dil: Madhuri outdid herself when she appeared in ‘Dil’ opposite Aamir Khan in 1990. She left her sweet girl-next-door-image behind as she played a wealthy selfish girl in the film. Madhuri also won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role as Madhu.
Anjaam: Madhuri Dixit first paired up onscreen with Shah Rukh Khan in Rahul Rawail’s ‘Anjaam’. Her role as a wife-seeking revenge and a mother garnered her much appreciation and also won her a Filmfare Best Actress nomination for the seventh time.
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun: In one of the biggest wedding hits of all time, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, Madhuri played the role of a girl who agrees to marry her brother-in-law after the death of her sister. But in the bargain she falls in love with his brother, played by Salman Khan. Her portrayal of Nisha, a carefree, gutsy girl won the hearts of many.
Dil Toh Pagal Hai: The role of Pooja in Yash Chopra's 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai' was absolutely perfect for Madhuri to show off her dancing skills. She played an orphan girl who becomes part of a dance troop directed by Rahul, played by Shah Rukh Khan. The chemistry between the two drew audiences in droves.
Pukar: 2000 saw Madhuri Dixit once again appear opposite Anil Kapoor in Rajkumar Santoshi’s ‘Pukar’. Her role as a woman madly in love with her childhood sweetheart, so much so that she commits treason, won her immense critical acclaim. ‘Pukar’ was a moderate success and earned Madhuri her twelfth nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award. Her Que Sera Sera number with Prabhu Deva was also one of the high points of the film.
Devdas: Madhuri impressed critics and fans with her performance of the beautiful and graceful Chandramukhi, who is in love with the heartbroken Devdas, played by Shah Rukh Khan. She wooed us by doing the mujra in in ‘Maar daala’. Her dance sequence with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in ‘Dola Re Dola’ was a big hit. Madhuri was presented with the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award that year.
Beta: Madhuri successfully paired with Anil Kapoor for Indra Kumar's 'Beta'. She played the role of a woman who tries her best to protect her husband from his evil stepmother. The film was a huge hit and became one of the highest grossing films of the year. Madhuri also received a Filmfare Best Actress award for her performance. The song ‘Dhak Dhak’ girl was a super-hit, earning Madhuri the title of the ‘Dhak Dhak girl’.