"It’s very funny because they call stars hypocritical but, somewhere, even the media gets a little hypocritical. They talk about Hollywood stars like Julia Roberts where she is 32 and at her best, careerwise, right now; about Meryl Streep, who is 45 and doing the best roles, blah blah. And when it comes to their own stars they go, 'Oh she's crossed 30... Oh, now she is gone.'
"
(Rediff, Jan. 2000)

From a middle class girl with no connections to the film industry, Madhuri Dixit has become the rarest of creatures: a self-made super star.

 Madhuri Dixit (in Devdas)  Aside from the obvious appeal of drop-dead gorgeousness, it was her dancing ability that first wowed filmgoers. Her item numbers in Tezaab, Beta, and Dil sent sales of the movies' soundtracks through the roof. The provocative chorus of her "Choli Ke Peeche" number from Khalnayak sparked a national scandal, as some outraged critics insisted her gyrations suggested a very different answer to the song's chorus, "What's behind the blouse?", than her chirpy answer: "My heart!" Ironically, the clamoring protest only served to heighten Madhuri's fame.

Some detractors claim that dancing is her greatest (or only) strength. But Madhuri's triumphant dramatics in more serious fare like 1997's Mrityudand and 2001's Lajja suggest otherwise, and her performance as a lovestruck courtesan in 2002's Devdas has showcased both her strengths -- acting and emoting -- to universal acclaim. It seems that Madhuri has successfully triumphed over the two biggest career risks an Indian actress can face: getting married and turning thirty.

    Ironically, her husband, an American doctor of South Asian descent, has never even seen one of her films. She explains, "It’s not so hard to believe if you know of kids who grow up in America, because they have their own world. He doesn’t understand Hindi, that’s what he says. He says that 'Even if I watch a film I get so bored because I don’t understand Hindi.' I said, don’t worry, I’ll teach you Hindi. Probably he will start watching Hindi films."  What's the first one she'll show him?  "I think I will probably show him Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!" (Rediff, Jan. 2000)

    As far as private matters go, Madhuri has remained amazingly free of scandal. Rumors of her love affair with Sanjay Dutt have settled since her marriage; on the professional front, however, she is rumored to be displeased with the way that her recent film with Ajay Devgan and Preity Zinta turned out. According to the Hindustan Times, some of the sensual scenes in Ye Raste Hain Pyar Ke were not handled as tastefully as she'd hoped, and Preity Zinta was given more screen time, proportionally, than Madhuri had been led to expect. Allegedly "her secretary and staff revealed that the actress was upset with 'the junior actress' playing up to the director to garner favours in terms of film footage." True or not, one thing's for sure: the more screen time she has, the better--at least for fans of the best dancer in Bollywood.

 

Madhuri Dixit
born: May 15, 1967
height: 5' 4"

FILMS

1984 Abodh
1985 Awara Baap
1986 Swati
1987 Hifazat
1987 Mohre
1987 Uttar Dakshin
1988 Dayavan
1988 Ilaaka
1988 Khatron Ke Khiladi
1988 Tezaab*
1989 Kanoon Apna Apna
1989 Mujrim
1989 Paap Ka Ant
1989 Parinda*
1989 Prem Pratigya
1989 Ram Lakhan
1989 Tridev
1989 Vardi
1990 Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin
1990 Dil*
1990 Izzatdaar
1990 Jamai Raja
1990 Khilaaf
1990 Kishen Kanhaiya
1990 Mahasangram
1990 Pyaar Ka Devata
1990 Sailaab
1990 Thanedaar
1991 100 Days
1991 Prahaar
1991 Pratikar
1991 Saajan*
1992 Beta*
1992 Dharavi
1992 Jeevan Ek Sanghursh
1992 Khel
1992 Prem Deewane
1992 Sangeet
1992 Zindagi Ek Juaa
1993 Aansoo Bane Angaaray
1993 Dil Tera Aashiq
1993 Khalnayak*
1993 Phool
1993 Sahibaan
1994 Anjaam
1994 Hum Aapke Hain Koun*
1995 Paapi Devta
1995 Raja
1995 Yaraana
1996 Prem Granth
1996 Rajkumar
1997 Dil To Pagal Hai*
1997 Koyla*
1997 Mahanta
1997 Mohabbat
1997 Mrityudand*
1998 Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
1998 Wajood
1999 Aarzoo
2000 Gaja Gamini*
2000 Pukaar*
2001 Lajja*
2001 Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke
2002 Devdas
2002 Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam

* acclaimed performance


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