Thursday, January 25, 2007

Madhuri Dixit - Bollywood Women

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Madhuri Dixit (born as Madhuri Shankar Dixit to a Marathi family on May 15, 1967) is an Indian Bollywood actress. She is a native of Mumbai, India. Throughout the late 1980s and the 1990s, she dominated Hindi cinema as a leading actress, appearing in many hit films. She is considered to be an icon of the Bollywood film industry .

Dixit attended Parle College and wanted to be a micro-biologist . She is trained as a Kathak dancer, in the Indian classical tradition. She made her acting debut in Abodh (1984). After a few minor and supporting roles her first major role was in Tezaab (1988) which launched her career. She then went on to star in the hit films Dayavan (1988), Ram Lakhan (1989), Dil (1990), Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993), and the biggest blockbuster in Bollywood history, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun! (1994). After three years of little success, she appeared as Pooja in the successful Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) for which she won her fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award.

For many years, she was considered to be the most popular and powerful actress in Bollywood, known for her beauty, acting talents, and dancing skills. Nearly all her hit dancing sequences were choreographed by Saroj Khan.

In 2001, Dixit was awarded the National Citizens Award to recognise various activities that effect everyday life.

In 2002, she starred in Devdas, with actor Shahrukh Khan and Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai. Madhuri Dixit was applauded for her acting in the film. The film attracted worldwide attention and was featured at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then she has not appeared in any films.

On February 25, 2006 she performed on stage for the first time in six years at the Filmfare Awards to music from her last movie Devdas . Her performance was choreographed by Saroj Khan and was very well received.

Madhuri Dixit has been the muse for the famous Indian painter M.F. Hussain who considers her the epitome of the Indian woman. She also appeared in his film Gaja Gamini (2000). Gaja Gamini was intended as a tribute to Dixit's talent and beauty..

On December 7, 2006, Dixit returned to Mumbai along with her husband and sons in order to start to film her new movie, to be produced by Yash Chopra and directed by Anil Mehta.

Madhuri, born to Shankar and Snehlata Dixit, married an Indian-American, UCLA trained cardiovascular surgeon who practices in Denver, Dr. Sriram Madhav Nene, in 1999, also from a Maharashtrian Koknastha Bramhin family. She has two sons, Arin (born in March 2003 in Colorado) and Ryan (born on March 8, 2005 in Colorado).

Madhuri Dixit - Bollywood Women

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