Happy Birthday Madhuri Dixit, celebrating the movies we love
In 'Tezaab', she was aptly named Mohini. This film made Madhuri Dixit the dancing queen. The song ‘Ek Do Teen’, choreographed by Saroj Khan, became a huge rage. It was after this film that producers queued up to sign Anil Kapoor and Madhuri to
In 'Dayavan', she was Neelu. Directed by Feroz Khan, the film was a remake of ‘The Compassionate’. ‘Aaj Phir Tumpe’, sung by Pankaj Udhas and Anuradha Paudwal, saw some of the most steamy scenes ever to be shot in Bollywood between
In the violent 'Parinda', she was Paro. The film, directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, was India’s official entry to the 1990 Academy Awards. The onscreen chemistry between Anil Kapoor and Madhuri pulled audience to theatres for months.
In 'Beta', she was Saraswati. Madhu was the tough daughter-in-law. Directed by Indra Kumar, the film is best remembered for the hit track 'Dhak Dhak' and Madhuri earned a new sobriquet -- the 'Dhak Dhak' girl.
In 'Dil', she was Madhu. In this film directed by Indra Kumar, Madhuri paired up with Aamir Khan. Once again, the songs of this romcom were a hit.
In '100 Days', she was Devi. She had the eyes that could tell the future. Though a rip-off of a Hollywood flick, Madhuri did well along side Jackie Shroff in this 1991 film.
In 'Khalnayak', Madhuri was Ganga. This 1993 blockbuster, where she played a cop masquerading as a gangster's doll, is also remembered for her brief affair with actor Sanjay Dutt. This film featured her in one of Bollywood's most iconic songs 'Choli
In 'Anjaam', she played Shivani opposite Bollywood 'Badshah' Shah Rukh Khan in 1994.
In 'Koyla', Madhuri was paired with Shah Rukh Khan again. Shah Rukh plays the role of a mute slave, and his love Gauri takes up the cudgels for him against an oppressive landlord played by Amrish Puri.
In 'Dil To Pagal Hai', she was first pitted against rival Karishma Kapoor. Another iconic dance-themed movie, 'Dil To Pagal hai' brought out the chemistry between her and Shah Rukh though Karishma was equally for her role.
In 'Devdas', Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed Madhuri to play the role of Chandramukhi, the 'tawaif' with the golden heart. Her performance and dance sequences were stellar, set against baroque sets with Shah Rukh and Aishwarya for competition!
In 'Gulab Gang', Madhuri's most recent film, she paired up for the first time with contemporary Juhi Chawla to play the fearless Rajjo, a woman who takes up arms to fight injustice on her sex.