Birthday special: Madhuri turns 47

Published: May 15, 2014
She has won millions of hearts over a career spanning nearly three decades. Here’s a look at the life and times of the Madhubala of the 1990s.

She has won millions of hearts over a career spanning nearly three decades. Here’s a look at the life and times of the Madhubala of the 1990s.

KARACHI: The Bollywood’s original Dhak-Dhak girl has acted in many hit films like Dil, Saajan, Beta, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Raja and Dil Tou Pagal Hai and Devdas among others. 

In 2008, Madhuri was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India. She has also won six Filmfare awards and has several other prestigious awards to her credit. In 2002, she took a sabbatical from films to raise her children and made a comeback with the musical Aaja Nachle in 2007. Dixit also judged two seasons of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Madhuri again returned recently with Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab Gang, playing unconventional roles. She managed to make a successful comeback with these two projects and is now choosy about the roles she picks.

Personal life

Born on May 15, 1967, Madhuri Dixit-Nene took Bollywood by storm in the 1990s. The viewers were smitten by her elegance, her unparalleled dancing skills and most of all, her beauty.  Born to Shankar Dixit and Snehlata Dixit, Madhuri is the youngest of four siblings. She rocked the nation with dance numbers like Choli ke peechhe and Channe ke khet mein and broke a million hearts with her decision to marry Sriram Madav Nene, a UCLA-trained cardiovascular surgeon who practices in Denver. The couple has two sons, Arin and Raayan. After marriage, Dixit moved to Denver and lived there for almost a decade. However, she couldn’t keep away from the glamorous world of Bollywood and shifted back to Mumbai with her family in 2011.


Madhuri Dixit is one of the most loved actors in Bollywood, but she has had her set of controversies too. From a controversial relationship to a much debated professional life, Madhuri’s stint in Bollywood is nothing short of a filmy drama. Madhuri romanced Sanjay Dutt in several hit films like Khalnayak and Saajan, which gave impetus to their off-screen love life, despite Dutt being married to Richa Chada.  Madhuri was also linked with Anil Kapoor, as the duo churned out hit films like Tezaab, Ram Lakhan and Beta among others.

While she was still trying to make a mark in the industry, Madhuri made a bold move. She romanced an actor 20 years older than her, Vinod Khanna in Dayavan and shot an intimate scene with him which created quite a stir. Later, when the actor was on top of her game, she said that she regretted that move and should have refused to do the scene.

Being at the top comes at a cost and Madhuri paid the cost of making rivals in Bollywood. While Sridevi had already been a reigning queen during the 1980s, Madhuri made an impressive mark on filmmakers with her film Tezaab. Soon the two were said to be competing with for films. It was an allegedly unspoken rivalry as the two tried to outdo each other with every film they did. With age not on her side, Sridevi faded from the Bollywood scenario, while Madhuri went on to give impressive hits at the box office. Madhuri and Juhi Chawla were also rivals at the time when they ruled the box office. The actor was also criticised for demanding ridiculously high salaries.

Five lesser-known facts

Madhuri wanted to become a Microbiologist when she was young.

According to some gossip that went around, during the Kargil war, Pakistani army taunted, “We will leave Kashmir if Indians give us Madhuri Dixit.” As a reply to this, the Indian army shot the person who said this and replied, “From Madhuri, with love!”

Madhuri Dixit is said to be the only female actor to have been nominated 13 times for the Filmfare Best Actress Award.

In March 2013, Madhuri, backed by her husband Shriram Nene, opened an online dance academy, Dance With Madhuri

Madhuri had worn a 30kg heavy outfit in the song Kahe Chedd Chedd Mohe in Devdas 

Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Tani
    May 15, 2014 - 9:18PM

    She is epitome of grace. If anybody has charmed the big screen with its magical screen presence, talent and charisma it is madubala of black and white era and madhuri of 90-2010. Sad now a days talented traditional cultural beauties are not given much preference.


  • gp65
    May 15, 2014 - 10:06PM

    HEr name is spelt incorrectly in the headline.


  • Parvez
    May 16, 2014 - 2:02AM

    Amazing…..stunning…….gorgeous…….incomparable…….and she just keeps getting better.


  • Stranger
    May 16, 2014 - 12:13PM

    Who asked her to come back. She was better off in the US .


  • JQ
    May 16, 2014 - 1:03PM

    Great news, who else have birthday in India?
    lets go Pakistanis and cheer her Birthday and cake cut ..
    Will we be respected and visa will be given ? LOL


  • I am a Khan
    May 16, 2014 - 1:09PM

    Madhuri 47? Why do these film stars always reduce their age by 8-10 years and exaggerate their height by 3-4 inches? Madhuri is in her early 50s. 52 would be more believable.


  • Parvez
    May 16, 2014 - 2:09PM

    @Stranger: NO SHE WAS NOT……get real.


  • Ashy
    May 16, 2014 - 2:38PM

    @i am khan . first thing they never talk about such petty things. It is the media that has actual record of these people based on their profile history,school records,marriage certificate, documents etc they highlight it on their birthday or anniversary articles. So blame them if at all they make error not stars. No sane superstar lies here about such issues or its easy to get caught and becomes an embarrassment to them, don’t know about the trend of you country it doesn’t work here that way.


  • bart
    May 16, 2014 - 3:05PM

    @I am a Khan:

    Yes, she is in the mid 50s . i guess around 55-56


  • Tani
    May 16, 2014 - 5:34PM

    @bart @i am khan. 56?? India got independence 67 years back she’s that old to you? She’s heroine of 90s. Not 1947. Thank god you didn’t send her to Stone Age era.


  • Ali Pakistani
    May 16, 2014 - 5:43PM

    Parts of the text in the article are plagiarized. Please check.


  • Rupi Rastogi
    May 16, 2014 - 6:49PM

    Madhuri is a great actor. I am very sure that once her mother accidentally told the media that she was born in 1964; not 1967 in which case she is 50 years old not 47. It is common for parents of the older generation to report their child’s age as 4 years younder as in those days birth certificates were not commonplace and thus it is very likely that her mother did speak the truth. But who cares – Madhuri is a great actess and the fact that Dedh Ishqiya dn Gulab Gang flopped and she is not affected by any of this shows that she is past the age when it matters to her. She is now evergreen. I love how her career beginning was so humble and although unsuccessful, she worked hard and made it. Now, you cannot even imagine bollywood without her. Sridevi is another female actor who tool virtually every indian cinema type by storm. We should hail Queen Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Empress Sridevi. God bless them both.


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