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Madhuri Dixit The Best Actress of Bollywood

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10. Aishwarya Rai
She's set tongues wagging at Cannes, shared screen space with Ben Kingsley (in the forthcoming The Last Legion), draped a sari over Oprah Winfrey, and done dinner with Clint Eastwood and Harvey Weinstein. Opinions are undeniably divided over her histrionic abilities, but Ms Rai is the face of Bollywood, making unprecedented headway toward Western shores.
From her well-received debut in Mani Ratnam's Iruvar back in 1997, 10 years on she has just silenced critics with a strong performance in the filmmaker's Guru.
This, weeks after she made men drool with Dhoom:2.
Off-screen, there's absolutely no debate on who makes the most consistent newsprint -- more has been written on Ash's impending nuptials with Abhishek Bachchan than on most issues of state. And people are still dying to

9. Kajol
From as filmy a family can be, Shomu Mukherjee's daughter Kajol beat off both mother Tanuja and aunt Nutan to make this cut. And this isn't just because she starred in Bollywood's biggest boy-meets-girl blockbuster. Well okay, maybe a little bit.
Making her debut in 1992 with Bekhudi, Kajol went from badly to awfully dressed in film after film, paired opposite then-effeminate nawabs as heroes. She always had a disarming grin, but the potential didn't reach fruition until we saw her in Baazigar. Paired opposite Shah Rukh Khan, the energy levels went visibly higher, the chemistry crackled. Audiences were smitten even before 1995, when came Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

8. Hema Malini
An accomplished Bharat Natyam dancer, this one hit Bollywood like a whirlwind, storming the 1970s almost entirely. Legend has it that Hema was evicted from a Tamil film early on, the director declaring that she had 'no star quality.' Hindi cinema was quick to capitalise on this oversight, and the actress proved a breath of fresh air to the industry.
Her achievement is all the more remarkable considering the tough competition in her time. On one hand were actresses like Zeenat Aman and Parveen Babi, and on the other stood tall the Angry Young Man. At a volatile time like that, Hema managed to draw audiences on her own with films like Seeta Aur Geeta.
She, of the whippersnapper tongue and casual grace, then went on to do a Basanti, and remains -- in this age of remakes -- the most inimitable part of Sholay. Armed with her trademark 'nahiin', Hema stood out with her defiant eyes and strong accent, and an indescribably strong screen presence

7. Sridevi
Yet another of our landmark actresses to hail from the South, Sridevi got her first big break with the Tamil smash hit, Moondru Mudichu -- also one of Rajnikanth's early successes. Then came several films with both Rajni and Kamal Haasan, the Tamil cinema megastars, besides making great inroads into Telugu cinema as well.
Then came Bollywood's turn. Her second film, Himmatwala, was a superhit, earning her the dubious nickname Thunder Thighs. But the Indian male was more than interested, as Sridevi became a sudden, immediate star. Critical favourite Sadma established her as a capable actress, and she went on to star in several hits, largely through the 1980s.
Films like Mr India, Chandni and Lamhe show off her exquisite comic timing, her strength with emotions, her fierce and expressive eyes. Not to mention the fact that she was one of the best dancers in the biz.
She remains a great Bollywood influence ever since, with Shah Rukh Khan acting in the outlandish 1996 film Army, just for a shot at working with Sri

6. Waheeda Rehman
A simple Hyderabad girl got her doctoral dreams nipped in the bud by a lung infection. Then came Bharat Natyam and a dose of Telugu cinema, after which came the filmmaker in shining armour. Guru Dutt watched one of her early songs, brought her to Bombay to play a vamp in his production CID.
The rest is screen yore: Dutt, the most influential Hindi filmmaker of the 1950s, found his muse. And the pair played on, gloriously, with films like Pyaasa, Chaudhvin Ka Chand and Kaagaz Ke Phool, showcasing Waheeda's luminous, fragile beauty to the fullest.
Then came what you call a reign. Waheeda Rehman's era stretched from the late 1950s to the 1970s, and her last hit film was last year's critical rave, Rang De Basanti. A versatile, stunning career, her great resilience and longevity is a great gift to followers of the acting craft.
And once you look into those eyes, there's simply no looking away.

5. Rekha
Born to Tamil superstar Gemini Ganesan and Telugu actress Pushpavalli, Rekha started off as a heroine opposite Dr Rajkumar in the Kannada hit, Goadalli CID 999. Her first Hindi film Saawan Bhadon was a huge success, and she found a place in Bollywood, largely as just another pretty face who could pout.
Her transformation began in 1976, when the actress did a film called Do Anjaane opposite Amitabh Bachchan. Suddenly critics noticed a gravity to her actions, a spark in her eyes. Films like Muqaddar Ka Sikandar were superhits, and she went on to star with Bachchan frequently, most notoriously in Yash Chopra's Silsila, the casting of which led credence to real-life rumours of an affair with Amitabh.
And while she might have imitated the Amitabh swagger, the confidence she got from those films helped her metamorphose into Bollywood's most enigmatic leading lady. The actress developed a personal style, crafting her look in great detail and working hard on make-up, blossoming into a graceful, poised beauty. Timeless indeed.

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4. Rani Mukerji
The odds were stacked against her. Rani's 1996 Bollywood debut, Raja Ki Aayegi Baraat, was a washout. Her cousin Kajol was the industry's top actress. And her much-awaited big feature with Aamir Khan wasn't looking to hit screens anytime soon. Rani bit her lip and bided her time. Then came Ghulam, and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai with Shah Rukh Khan. Wow.
Rani slogged her way with grit and immense drive, working doggedly at the mediocre parts she seemed to be attracting. The films might not have gained ground, but a high-intensity, extremely natural actress was waiting to burst out. Shaad Ali's Saathiya proved a forerunner of things to come as Rani made the 2000s her own, solidifying her success with films like Yuva, Bunty Aur Babli, Paheli, Hum Tum and Black.
Lots of milestones still to go for this one, but Rani Mukerji is decidedly one of the finest actresses to rule that number one roost. Without question, the most powerful leading lady in Bollywood today.

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3. Nargis
Taking her screen name from the fragrant flower, actor Anwar Hussain's sister Fatima made her first appearance in 1935's Talashe Haq, credited as Baby Nargis. She grew up to make some of Bollywood's most unforgettable romances, her time stretching from the late 1940s to the 1950s.
And not just was she a romantic heroine. Nargis, an incredibly versatile actress, did it all -- from Awaara to Chori Chori, Shree 420 to Aag and Barsaat.
Diametrically different roles all, showing off her powerful acting talents -- believable dramatics, prodigious comic timing, a natural effervescence, and an ability to instinctively steal the scene from under her co-star's feet.
Paired most often with Raj Kapoor -- to give us that iconic black and white rain-soaked frame -- Nargis is also the one silhouetted with the actor in the everlasting RK Studios logo. As if we needed a symbol for the stunner who went on to mother Bollywood -- and the nation.

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2. Madhubala
Arguably the best looking woman in Bollywood history, Madhubala scorched the screen in a tragically short life, giving us much to remember her by, wistfully. The gorgeous actress was a Nargis-contemporary (and close personal friend), but did entirely her own, very different thing. Spirited, energetic and a classical beauty, Madhubala became bigger than heroes of the era.
After a breakthrough role opposite Raj Kapoor in Neel Kamal in 1947, Madhubala turned hauntingly ethereal opposite Ashok Kumar in Mahal. She went on to star with all the other top leading men -- Rehman, Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand -- and managing, effortlessly, to emerge as the talking point from the films, be it the breezy Mr & Mrs 55 or the epic Mughal-E-Azam.
Her name was enough to light up a theatre-owner's proud marquee, and her smile made her Kishore Kumar's magnificent muse -- starring opposite him in extremely memorable films, like Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Jhumroo.
With eyes to stop a clock -- Indian magazines referred fawningly to her as 'Venus of the screen' -- and a natural ability to flit from heartbreakingly romantic to hilarious in an instant, Madhubala is the definitive screen goddess, compared often to the great Greta Garbo.

1. Madhuri Dixit
India's sweetheart.
Madhuri Dixit is the actress, an all-time chimera of the quintessential Bollywood heroine. From danseuse to dunce, from dreamy to droll, from Dayavan to dhak-dhak -- not just did she excel, but armed with that mega smile, she ruled over the nation with absolute power.
Miss Dixit really broke onto the scene with 1988's Tezaab, the film establishing a few simple truths -- India had flipped for the Ding-dong-ding dance, Madhuri looked good with Anil Kapoor, and the lady sure could act. Then came a spate of films cashing in on that formula: hit musicians creating songs the Kathak dancer would give her own twist to, the everpresent Anil Kapoor and a meaty part for Madhuri. And while this string ran with great glee, soon it was apparent that the only key ingredient in the mix was Dixit herself.
Like Julia Roberts, Madhuri's box office appeal is universally contagious. Bollywood's highest paid actress, she was the first to charge prices equivalent, and even eclipsing, the top heroes; it is currently rumoured that fees for her comeback feature are astronomical. Either way, it's a terrific investment. Madhuri's films have enjoyed enormous appeal, even without mainline heroes, with audiences readily queuing up to see just the superstar on screen.

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Best Bollywood dancers

10. Shah Rukh Khan

King Khan isn't considered a conventionally gifted dancer, but choreographers around the industry declare him to be one of the most energetic performers out there -- making sure an SRK song is bound to leave an impact, more often than not.

9. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

From matching steps with Madhuri Dixit in Devdas to shaking her leg alongside Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan in Bunty Aur Babli, Ash has always been a to-rung performer. Putting it simply, she's a star in every sense of the word.

8. Sridevi

Ah, who can forget that Kaante Nahin Katte song from Mr India, where she sensuously made love to the camera? And then look, in the same film, for a completely different approach in the kooky cabaret Hawa Hawaii! Ooi ooi indeed, Sri was a heck of an entertainer any day of the week.

7. Govinda

Starting out as a conventionally confident dancer -- Govinda's feet nimbly moved to disco and breakdance styles -- the actor truly gained in popularity in the 90s, when he managed to shake his portly figure to peculiarly comic and exaggerated choreography. And it's always good to see dancers visibly enjoying themselves.

6. Jaaved Jaffery

The Hindi film industry's first true breakdancer, Jaaved could never quite find his niche in the Bollywood musical. But cinema's loss was the television industry's gain, and Jaffery continues to dance -- and discover dancers -- on his popular talent show, Boogie Woogie.

5. Shammi Kapoor
Apparently there was an RD Burman song in danger of being axed by the filmmakers because it seemed impossible to choreograph. Kapoor heard this and started flailing his limbs about in a bizarre akimbo manner, with his characteristic high-energy and mad expressions. The song, Aaja Aaja, became iconic. That's how cool this guy was.

4. Helen

Down to number 4? Sometimes you surprise us, dear readers. The queen of the item number decades before the term even came into existence, Helen wowed us with her unbelievable figure and her immaculate movements -- a performer who always made songs extremely sexy, but never looked vulgar doing it.

3. Mithun

'D se hota hai Dancer,' the speakers rang out in a fraudulent definition of DISCO, but accurate or not, a superstar was born. Mithunda could possibly patent his distinctive brand of pelvic thrust, and his legs moved like he was auditioning for a Bee Gees video. Awe-some, saala.

2. Hrithik Roshan

Currently the best dancer in Bollywood, Hrithik is simply unmatchable during song sequences. Going from fluidic body spasms to standard-issue bicepcurling profiles, Roshan does it all like nobody in the biz can.
His screen-presence is only getting better as the choreography gets more intricate, and things can only go up for Duggu.

1. Madhuri Dixit

Ah, it was the dhak dhak, wasn't it, dear readers? Not just did Madhuri Dixit have her share of superhit songs, but so iconic became her dance performances that gestures like the hurried-heartbeat of Dhak dhak or the tantalising sway of Chole Ke Peeche themselves became turning points. A trained Kathak dancer amply balancing oomph and grace, alongside Saroj Khan's demanding moves? Madhuri's a miracle all the way.

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Madhuri Dixit is the greatest actress ever of Indian cinema.

*Ashok Kumar said she is the most complete actress in 100 years of Indian cinema.
*She was called the female amitabh bachchan after she made film hit with a new and ordinary actor.
*Pakistanis said "take Kashmir give us Madhuri", even a Pakistani Government official said that jokingly in New Delhi, while his visit.
*There is a lake in uttaranchal which is popularly renamed as "Madhuri lake" by the locals. It happened after the shooting of a song of koyla took place there.
* A survey done by Times of India in 1997 saw her as the idol for all young woman.
*India's most famous modern painter known as Picasso of India M. F. Hussain called her "the epitome of womanhood" and made a film with her as a tribute to her "Gajagamini".
* There was aTV serial named on her, ‘mrs madhuri dixit’
* She became the best Indian actress ever by a bbc survey.
* In 2000 she was voted as the actress of the millennium.
*In 2001 Forbes magazine named her as one of the most powerful Indian star.
*In 2003 she became the best actress ever by zeeenews poll
*In Jamshedpur there is a person who celebrates Madhuri's birthday every year. Improtant local personals including government official come in the function. He performs "Madhuri puja", gives flowers to her photos. Everyone eat sweet after the event. It made news even in BBC. One US researcher has written paper on it, it is Madhuri Dixit Temple.
* In 2003 "Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon", made by smart film maker Ram Gopal Verma was a film made as a tribute to her.
*She became the rediff best actress ever.
* In 2008 Waheeda Rehman said she wants to see Madhuri Dixit doing the remake of her most famous film Guide. Vyjantimala said that among all actresses after her, considering acting, dancing and look she likes Madhuri the most.

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Top 25 Bollywood Sex Symbols of All Time

25. Suchitra Sen: Pabna(Bangladesh) born Roma (April 6, 1931), better known as Suchitra Sen, began her career in Kolkata with Bengali films before heading into Bollywood. Known for her mesmerizing beauty, she remained one of Bollywood's leading ladies for a twenty year span. Her first Hindi film was Bimal Roy's "Devdas" (1955), as Paro, (redone by Aishwarya Rai in 2002), alongside Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala. Throughout her career, she chose roles reflecting archetypical tragic Indian heroines, suffering for love. She's acted in critically acclaimed films "Mamta" (1966) and "Aandhi" (1975), which still stand the test of time. In "Aandhi", Suchitra depicted a powerful politician, who's marriage ended because her husband (actor Sanjeev Kumar) opposed her career. The film was banned for a small period, because it mirrored the life of former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
Why She's Sexy: Suchitra is sexy because she emotes several emotions within each screen shot without uttering a word. Women copied her hair style, clothes and the way she carried herself throughout India. According to an "India Daily" magazine pole of the "Top three legendary beauties of Bollywood", Suchitra Sen placed within the top three.
Her Impact on Bollywood: Many of her Bengali films where redone in Hindi, acted out by Jaya Bhaduri and Waheeda Rehman.
Interesting Fact: She shares the same facial features as Bollywood Diva Madhuri Dixit, if you compare their pictures, you can see for yourself.

Jaya Bhaduri24. Jaya Bhaduri: Kolkata born Jaya Bhaduri (April 9, 1948) is the daughter of famous Bengali writer, Tarun Bhaduri. Her filmography consists of classic Bollywood films, which she's won numerous Filmfare awards for outstanding performances. She married mega star Amitabh Bachchan on June 3, 1973 and often shared the screen with him. Jaya's career is based on her natural acting ability, not on dancing, which is quite an achievement considering the industry is filled with dance queens.
Why She's Sexy: Jaya is sexy because she represents a non-glamorous version of Bollywood. She emotes quiet strength and sophistication, giving her a strong screen presence. One of her most memorable screen moments is in the cult classic "Sholay" (1975), as Radha. She and Jai (Amitabh) share amazing on screen chemistry while she watches him play the harmonica as she turns out lamps. This scene is filled with intensity, which is what she is most known for.
Her Impact on Bollywood: Jaya's career as a lead actress continues long after her marriage to Amitabh Bachchan. She's been recognized countless times for her work and has produced several television shows.
Interesting Fact: Here's a quote from Jaya when asked about acting alongside her husband: "I will not play second fiddle to him. I never have. Not in reel life and never in real life." Jaya is second fiddle to no one, which is why she continues her amazing acting career.

Mumtaz23. Mumtaz: Mumbai born Mumtaz (July 31, 1947) is known for oozing oomph. She is a Bollywood Diva because she dances, pouts, looks ultra sexy and speaks Hindi fluently. She started out doing supporting roles, which slowly progressed her towards being one of Bollywood's leading ladies. In a span of six months, she acted alongside romance king Rajesh Khanna in "Do Raaste" (1969), "Bandhan", (1969) "Sachcha Jhoothaa" (1969), which were all super hits. In 1970 she won her first Filmfare Award in "Khilona", with Sanjeev Kumar, giving her long awaited acting creditability.
Why She's Sexy: Mumtaz is sexy for her signature skin tight salwar-kameez' and her navel baring sarees. She oozes sex appeal, especially when she dances. She set the trend for current actresses who are told to dance like her. Her trademark song "Bindiya Chamkegi" in Do Raaste (1969), is remixed by numerous DJs and is currently recreated by Gunjan.
Her Impact on Bollywood: In 1996, Mumtaz won Filmfare's Lifetime Achievement Award for her impact on Bollywood's film industry.
Interesting Fact: She's acted in over one hundred films in a span of twelve years, which equals to nearly 44 films per year!

Vyjayantimala22. Vyjayantimala: Chennai born Vyjayantimala (August 13, 1936) was the first South Indian actress to dominate Bollywood's film industry and she did it for a span of twenty years. Because of her, aspiring Bollywood actresses are required to become accomplished dancers. Trained in Classical Indian dance, she brought a sense of class to Bollywood's song and dance numbers. Her 1954 mega hit "Nagin" had eight jaw dropping solo dance sequences, which she performed in one take. Aside from being a legendary dancer, she's won numerous Filmfare Awards throughout her lengthy career.
Why She's Sexy: Vyjayantimala is sexy because she ignites the screen with classically trained dance moves and her facial expressions. Her training in Manipuri dance shows even in spoken scenes because it is known as India's most expressive dance style. As a viewer, you feel every emotion she emanates.
Her Impact on Bollywood: She's a role model for many South Indian actresses like Hema Malini and Aishwarya Rai, who went on to dominate Bollywood's film industry.
Interesting Fact: In Bimal Roy's "Devdas", Vyjayantimala won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress as Chandramukhi, which Madhuri Dixit played in 2002. She refused the award and demanded the Filmfare committee only consider her in the Best Actress category and not as a Supporting Actress. Ever since, she was always nominated for the Best Actress Award and nothing less.

Karisma Kapoor21. Karisma Kapoor: Mumbai born Karisma (June 25, 1975) comes from Bollywood royalty, she's the great granddaughter of actor Prithvi Raj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor's grand daughter. Lolo (called by her friends and family), is the first woman from the Kapoor clan to enter the film industry. Her parents Babita and Randir Kapoor were also famous Bollywood actors. Acting is in her blood stream but her film career took off with a rocky start in "Prem Qaidi" (1991). She was criticized for working with Govinda and for her masculine looks. After five long years, she became a genuine sex symbol in "Raja Hindustani" (1996), with the help of Bollywood fashion guru Manish Malhotra, who gave her an extreme make over. He gave her brown lenses, straightened and colored her hair and gave her softer makeup. Her new look gave her the confidence and the creditability as a Bollywood starlet, going on to win countless Filmfare Awards.
Why She's Sexy: Karisma is sexy because of her signature song "Sexy, Sexy, Sexy, Mujhe Log Bolain" from Khuddar (1994), if you've seen that you'll get the point.
Her Impact on Bollywood: She inspired younger sister Kareena to enter the film industry. After all, it is the family business.
Interesting Fact: Karisma dated Ajay Devgan, which is why she and Kajol had differences.

Shilpa Shetty20. Shilpa Shetty: From Tamil Nadu, Shilpa Shetty (June 8, 1975) journeyed to Mumbai, in hopes of a successful acting career in a predominately Punjabi dominated industry. Her big break was "Baazigar" (1993), with new comers Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. In the film, she was thrown off a building in the first hour. Her character may have died, but it did not kill her acting career. She is going on twelve years strong now. Before entering the film industry, she spent six years as a Bharat Natyam dancer, which explains her amazing dance moves.
Why She's Sexy: She is sexy because she's 5'10", an ex-model and has an amazing body, which most women spend hours at the gym to obtain. She is also hotter than most South Indian food!
Her Impact on Bollywood: She proved herself as an actress and held her own alongside some of Bollywood's major players.
Interesting Fact: She has a younger sister named Sharmita, also an actress, who she still fights with if she tries to borrow her clothes.

Kareena Kapoor19. Kareena Kapoor: Mumbai born Kareena Kapoor (September 21, 1980), (aka Bebo) is Karisma Kapoor's younger sister. Her debut film "Refugee" (2000), with Abhishek Bachchan gave her a promising start as an actress. Her debut gave her creditability because she didn't portray a diva, instead she played a 17 year old Pakistani girl who wore traditional clothes. Her major films are "Asoka" (2001) with Shah Rukh Khan, "Ajnabee" (2001) with Bipasha Basu, Bobby Deol and Akshay Kumar and "Chameli" with Rahul Bose (2003). Recently, Kareena starred in 2004's sleeper hit "Hulchul", with Akshaye Khanna. In "Bewafa", (2005) she gives an amazing performance as the role of a younger sister, who agrees to marry her dead sister's husband, when her ex-boyfriend reenters her life and wants her back.
Why She's Sexy: She is sexy because she is 5'5", with Hazel eyes and has access to the Manish Malhotra makeover. She also shared an on-screen kiss with her current boyfriend Shaheed Kapoor, rivaling her sister's on-screen kiss with Aamir Khan in "Raja Hindustani" (1996).
Her Impact on Bollywood: She's growing as an actress by choosing the right films and critics are noticing her. She's a huge fan of Sridevi and hopes to mirror her acting style. She also uses her acting talent to inspire young girls to be like her.
Interesting Fact: India's censor board delayed the release of "Khushi" (2003), because of its numerous scenes showing Kareena's navel and stomach.

Preity Zinta18. Preity Zinta: Simla born, Preity Zinta (January 31, 1974) grew up surrounded by the breathtaking Himalayan mountain range. She debuted in "Dil Se" (1998), and stole the limelight from Manisha Koirala with the song "Jiya Jale." She has a degree in psychology and writes a column for the BBC. She constantly shines on the silver screen, choosing meaningful roles.
Why She's Sexy: She is sexy because of her famous dimples and her twinkling eyes. With a name like Preity, you'd have to be pretty and she is.
Her Impact on Bollywood: She is known for speaking her mind and being true to herself. This is a welcome change from a lot of actresses who are phony.
Interesting Fact: She started out as an ad model for Lyril and Perks soap. No wonder she's known for being bubbly.

Sushmita Sen17. Sushmita Sen: Hyderabad born Sushmita Sen (November 19, 1974) grew up in Delhi and won the title of Miss Universe in 1994. Not only is she one of the most beautiful women in the Universe, she's the first Indian title holder. Soon after winning, Sushmita entered Bollywood with her debut film "Dastak" (1996), opening to mediocre reviews. Like many actresses before her, Sushmita's career came off to a rocky start. Bollywood critics nearly wrote her off as being just another pretty face and constantly compared her to Aishwarya Rai, who won the Miss World title the year before. She eventually proved herself as one of Bollywood's leading ladies in David Dhawan's "Biwi No. 1" (1999) with Salman Khan, "Sirf Tum" (1999) with Sanjay Kapoor, "Filhaal" with Tabbu (2002), "Main Hon Na" with Shah Rukh Khan (2004) and "Samay" with Sushant Singh (2004), "Bewafa" with Anil Kapoor (2005) and "Main Aisa Hi Hoon" with Ajay Devgan (2005).
Why She's Sexy: She is sexy because Sushmita, the Bengali bombshell, challenges traditional wisdom about beauty being only for those who are fair skinned. Standing at 5'10", she towers over most of her male co-stars.
Her Impact on Bollywood: She brought back the trend of having Bengali leading ladies on the silver screen.
Interesting Fact: Sushmita Sen has an adopted daughter named Renee, and has a degree in English Literature.

Kajol16. Kajol: Mumbai born Kajol Mukherjee Devgan (August 5, 1975), comes from a long line of Bollywood's leading ladies. She's a fourth generation actress; her mom is 60's sweetheart Tanuja (Rules: Pyaar Ka Super hit Formula, 2003), her maternal aunt is actress Nutan (Milan, 1967), and her grandmother Shobna Samarth was also a popular actress in her time. Apart from her impressive maternal lineage, her father Somu Mukherjee is a famous producer. Her debut "Bekhudi" (1992), gave a promising start to her career. She reigned at the box office for nearly a decade until her marriage to Ajay Devgan in 1999, and hasn't appeared in a film since "Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham" (2002).
Why She's Sexy: Kajol is sexy because she has a raw unpolished beauty different from the 90s glamour girls, Raveena Tandon and Manisha, who also entered the industry at the same time. She exemplifies a devastating combination of innocence and sensuality, which makes her a total babe.
Her Impact on Bollywood: She's had a string of hits, which catapulted her to dizzying heights with King Khan, Shah Rukh in "Baazigar" (1993), "Karan Arjun" (1995), "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (1995), "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" (1998), and "Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham" (2002). Each mega hit encouraged audiences in India and abroad to flock to movie theaters.
Interesting Fact: She is best known for her role as Simran, who's personality is different from hers. Unlike Simran, Kajol could never agree to marry someone she's never met, which is why she found it natural to marry co-star Ajay Devgan. She has a daughter named Nysa and is currently gearing up to re-enter the industry.

Rani Mukherjee15. Rani Mukherjee: Kolkata born Rani Mukherjee (March 21, 1978) comes from famous family like the Kapoor's. She's the daughter of director Ram Mukherjee and she is Kajol's cousin and also related to Kishore Kumar. Her first Bollywood break was in "Ghulam" (1998) with Aamir Khan. In "Ghulam", she received critical acclaim and created competition for cousin Kajol. They acted in Karan Johar's "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" (1998) with Shah Rukh Khan, and she won the Filmfare Award for Best Newcomer. Her role in the film was small but her performance made an impact, which is consistent throughout her career.
Why She's Sexy: Rani is sexy because of her trademark husky voice. She's also known for her green eyes and her captivating smile, stealing the hearts of Bollywood moviegoers.
Her Impact on Bollywood: She's a gifted actress and has held her own with Bollywood heavy-duties, Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan and is constantly stealing the limelight from Box office queens Preity Zinta, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor. Her most challenging role was in "Black" (2005), where she played a blind and deaf girl, modeled after Helen Keller. She is constantly receiving Filmfare Awards with her natural performances and is the current generation's answer to Jaya Bhaduri.
Interesting Fact: Rani Mukherjee replaced Twinkle in 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' (1998), Mahima in 'Hadh Kar Di Apne' (2000) and Pooja Bhatt in 'Ghulam' (1998). She also surprised ace choreographer/director Farah Khan with her dancing ability in "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai" in the song "Koi Mil Gaya," after everyone had doubts about her dancing ability. Rani Mukherjee is a trained Odissi dancer, a dance style originating from Orissa performed by Temple dancers.

Priyanka Chopra14. Priyanka Chopra: Barely born Priyanka Chopra's (July 18, 1982) claim to fame is winging the Miss World beauty pageant in the new millennium. Before entering films, she thought about becoming a software engineer or a criminal psychologist. Instead of impacting India's IT sector, she's made her mark in Bollywood as one of the industry's most beautiful actresses.
Why She's Sexy: Priyanka is sexy because of her titles as Miss Femina India and Miss World. She's 5'8" and is being considered as a Bond girl and she's also sexy enough to fill Zeenat Aman's shoes in the "Don" remake.
Interesting Fact: Sushmita Sen is her role model, who is also a model turned actress.

Mallika Sherawat13. Mallika Sherawat: Reema Lambha better known as Mallika Sherawat (October 24, 1976) grew up in Delhi. With only six films to her name, she's a sensation because of her dare to bare attitude in films. In her first staring role in "Khwahish" (2003), she shocked audiences with steamy kissing scenes and revealing outfits. In "Murder" (2004), she played a lonely married woman who had a steamy extra marital affair giving "Desperate Housewives", a run for their money. Currently, she is appearing with Rekha in "Bachke Rehna Re Baba" (2005) as a man eating Padmini and in real life, has a thing for older men, especially the 71 year old Dharmendra and 63 year old Amitabh Bachchan.
Why She's Sexy: Mallika is sexy because she's the first Bollywood actress approached by Playboy magazine to pose nude. She refused because it was against her morals. She was also asked to appear nude in "Murder" but backed out as well. She is known to people such as Howard Stern who asked her to "show it all" on his talk show, which shows you how much of a global sex symbol she is.
Her Impact on Bollywood: She is hitting mainstream Hollywood along side Jackie Chan in "The Myth" releasing this year. She does her own stunts, which is pretty amazing.
Interesting Fact: She's called the Pamela Anderson of India.

Shabana Azmi12. Shabana Azmi: Delhi born Shabana Azmi (September 18, 1950) had her first hit in 1974's "Ishq, Ishq, Ishq" with Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman, which was a great start to her acting career. She represents the parallel side of Bollywood because of her art house films, dealing with social issues like divorce, lesbianism and widowhood within India. She's a spokesperson for women's rights and is constantly making films with thought provoking messages.
Why She's Sexy: Shabana is sexy because she exudes class, charm and strength, which makes her captivating to watch.
Her Impact on Bollywood: She is considered the best Indian actress of her time. She also inspired noted lyricist and screen writer, Javed Aktar (who co-wrote "Sholay" and "Don") to write some of Bollywood's beautiful ballads.
Interesting Fact: In 2002, The Film Society of Lincoln Center did a film festival based on her works because she is a strong supporter of human rights.

Sharmila Tagore11. Sharmila Tagore: Like Sushmita Sen, Sharmila Tagore is another Hyderabad born Bengali. Born on December 8, 1946, she comes from an impressive family background. Her great grandfather is Nobel Prize Winner, Rabindranath Tagore, she's married to Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Nawab of Pataudi, who is also a famous Indian Cricket Captain and her son is actor Saif Ali Khan. Like many Bengali actresses, she began her film career in Kolkata in Oscar winner Satyajit Ray's "Apur Sansar" (1959) as Aparna and "Devi" (1960) as the reincarnation of Hindu Goddess Kali. After gaining critical acclaim, she moved to Bollywood with "Kashmir Ki Kali" (1964) co-starring Shammi Kapoor. She effortlessly balanced both worlds of Indian art house cinema and Bollywood's commercial films.
Why She's Sexy: Sharmila is sexy because she was considered one of the most elegant actresses in Bollywood. Women during the 60's and 70's copied her butterfly knot saree blouses and accentuated eye make up. She created a buzz when posing for a magazine cover in a bikini in 1960's India. Her publicity shot had Hindu and Muslim fundamentalist groups protesting her because she brought women's sexuality to the forefront, demonstrating India's strong Western influence. Even now, Sharmila Tagore is a fashion icon, she's India's answer to Audrey Hepburn.
Her Impact on Bollywood: During her acting career she became a super sensation alongside Rajesh Khanna in classic films "Aradhana" (1969), "Safar" (1970) and "Amar Prem" (1971). Their on screen paring reigned supreme, which mirrors the same effect Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan had. Currently, she is Chairperson for the Central Board of Film Certification in India and is also working on a film.
Interesting Fact: Her marriage to Muslim Mansur Ali Khan created controversy because of her Hindu Brahman religious background. She was the first Bollywood actress to marry outside of her religion.

Sridevi10. Sridevi: Shree Amma Yanger, better known as Sridevi was born on August 13, 1963 in Sivakasi, Tamilnadu, India. She started as a child actress in "Julie" (1975) at age 12. Her first Bollywood blockbuster was with Jeetendra in "Himmatwala" (1983). Together they acted in several films securing her position as the reigning Bollywood Queen for a full decade from 1983 to 1993. She was later dethroned by Madhuri Dixit. Also often paired with Anil Kapoor, the duo had smash hits "Jaanbaaz" (1986), "Mr. India" (1987), "Ram Avatar" (1988), "Lamhe" (1991) and "Judaai" (1997). She later married Anil Kapoor's brother in 1996, Boney Kapoor, after her mother passed away. Their marriage created a great deal of controversy because Boney Kapoor was married when he became involved with Sridevi and got her pregnant. After her wedding, she took a break from films and moved onto TV serials.
Why She's Sexy: Sridevi is sexy for her amazing dance numbers, that inflame the screen. Her dance sequences have the same effect of other South Indian Bollywood divas like Hema Malini and Vyjayantimala. She also capitalized on her innocent looks and glamorous style, which set many hearts on fire. She earned the nickname of Thunder Thighs because she wore short skirts during a lot of her dance numbers.
Her Impact on Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan called her a living legend when appearing with her in "Army" (1996). She is also producing many of Boney Kapoor's films like "Shakti" (2002), making her mark behind the camera also.
Interesting Fact: There are many websites dedicated to Sridevi's dance numbers from "Lamhe" (1991), "Nagina" (1986) and "Chandni" (1989).

Bipasha Basu9. Bipasha Basu: Born on May 5, 1979 in Delhi and raised in Kolkata, Bipasha began her career as a model who was featured in various music videos. She also won the Famous Ford Supermodel contest. She became a household name in "Ajnabee" (2001) stealing the spotlight from Kareena Kapoor. She's currently dating the super sexy John Abraham and is starring in the sequel to "Dhoom."
Why She's Sexy: Her name says it all, Bipasha means deep dark desire, which is fitting since she's one of Bollywood's most desirable women.
Her Impact on Bollywood: After "Jism" (2003) released, Britain's Channel Four listed the movie's steamy scenes as one of the sexiest 100 scenes in World cinema.
Interesting Fact: When asked how she feels about being a sex symbol she replied, "I take it as a compliment when people label me a sex symbol. After all, it is my brand equity."

Aishwarya Rai8. Aishwarya Rai: Born on November 1, 1973 in Mangalore India, Aishwarya started her career as a model and became the most beautiful woman in the world in 1994 with the Miss World title. Her first films flopped until she reached superstar status in "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam" (1999), acting alongside Salman Khan, which set the backdrop for their turbulent off screen affair. After the success of "Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam", she filmed mega hits "Taal" (1999), "Mohabbatein" (2000), "Devdas" (2002) reprising the role of Paro, originally played by Suchitra Sen. She is currently making rounds promoting "Bride and Prejudice" (2005) within the North American talk show circuit.
Why She's Sexy: She is sexy because Hollywood Beauty Julia Roberts calls her the most beautiful woman in the world. In a poll conducted by Hello Magazine, she placed number one as the most attractive woman of 2003, beating Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Gwyneth Paltrow. In April 2003, L'OREAL signed her as their international brand ambassador.
Her Impact on Bollywood: She's the first Bollywood star to appear in Rolling Stone Magazine in October 2, 2003. She is also listed in Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Tonight Show, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, which has never been done before by a South Asian actress.
Interesting Fact: She has over 17,000 websites dedicated to her.

Rekha7. Rekha: Bhanurekha Ganesan better known as Rekha, was born on October 10, 1954 in Chennai. Known as Madame Re, she initially entered the Bollywood film industry in "Sawan Bhadon" (1970), where people dismissed her for being overweight and dark skinned. She refused to be written off and transformed herself into an ageless beauty. In 1973, she made history by acting with Amithabh Bachchan in "Namak Haram", which began their off screen love affair, making her the Big B's mistress. Together, they've acted in 13 blockbuster films in "Zameer" (1974), "Do Anjaane" (1974), "Alaap" (1977), "Maan Dharam" (1977), "Khoon Pasina" (1977), "Ganga Ki Saugandh" (1977), "Muquaddar Ka Sikander" (1977), "Mr. Natwarlal" (1979), "Suhaag" (1979), "Ram Balram" (1980), and "Silsila" (1983). On her own, she received critical acclaim for her performances in "Umrao Jaan" (1981) as Umrao, a woman who was forced into becoming a courtesan, based on an Urdu novel. In "Zubeidaa" (2000), she gave Karisma Kapoor's character Zubeidaa insecurities as her husband's controlling first wife.
Why She's Sexy: In Mira Nair's "Kama Sutra" (1997), Rekha played a former courtesan, educating women about the art of Kama Sutra. She suited that role, because throughout her career, she embodied true sex appeal. She's in total control of her image and is credited for doing her makeup for films and publicity shots. She is responsible for being a role model for Sridevi who also began her career as an ugly duckling.
Her Impact on Bollywood: She's become such an icon that her name appears in "American Desi" (2000) as Saleem's ultimate woman. She is a favorite among people who grew up watching Bollywood movies in the 70's and 80's.
Interesting Fact: The twice married Rekha has never had any children, but wanted a son like Hrithik Roshan. She got her wish in "Koi Mil Gaya" (2003) when she played his mother.

Hema Malini6. Hema Malini: Born on October 16, 1948 in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, Hema Malini Chakravarty is the most famous South Indian Bollywood actress of all time. Her first major hit was "Johnny Mera Naam" (1970) with Dev Anand and is currently appearing in films like "Veer Zara" (2005) 35 years after her debut. She's had mega hits like "Andaz" (1971), "Seeta aur Geeta" (1972), "Prem Nagar" (1974) and the cult classic "Sholay" (1975) playing chatterbox, Basanti. A trained classical dancer, Hema Malini dazzled audiences with her amazing dance numbers. After appearing in several films with Dharmendra, she began their off screen romance and was his second wife. They gave birth to actress Esha Deol.
Why She's Sexy: Hema Malini is sexy because she's Bollywood's Dream Girl and has goddess like beauty. She received marriage proposals from actors Sanjeev Kumar, Jeetendra and others until she married Dharmendra. Even in her 50's she can give current Bollywood actresses a run for their money.
Interesting Fact: In January 2005, Ram Kamal Mukherjee wrote the first ever book dedicated to Hema Malini titled "Hema Malini: Diva Unveiled." This book has 500 rare photographs and has a chapter dedicated to her infamous role as Basanti. This book is such an important piece of Bollywood history and it has a forward written by the Big B himself.

Helen5. Helen: Born in Burma on October 21, 1939 Helen Richardson, currently known as Helen Khan (Salman Khan's stepmother), is the ultimate rags to riches story. She's an Anglo-Indian refugee from Burma, who as a child made a courageous trek to India with her mother to escape Burma's occupation during World War II. While in India, her mother's income as a nurse could not make ends meet so she quit school and entered Bollywood films as a backup dancer. She soon was recognized for her amazing dance talent and gained the title of Bollywood's Queen of Item numbers. Every film she danced in was a mega success. Helen also acted, playing the paradox to traditional looking Indian actresses because of her western looks. Some of her most memorable songs are "Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo" (Howdah Bridge, 1958) and "Suku, Suku" in "Junglee" (1961). With Asha Bhonsle's help, Helen became immortal in chart busters like "Piya Tu Ab To Aaja" (Caravan, 1971), "Oh Haseena Zulfonwali" (Teesri Manzil, 1966) "Aao Na Gale Lagao Na" (Mere Jeevan Saathi, 1972) and the sizzling dance number "Yeh Mera Dil Pyar Ka Diwana" (Don, 1978). She also appeared in "Sholay" with her classic dance number in "Mehbooba Mehbooba" as the seductive gypsy dancer.
Why She's Sexy: Helen is sexy because she wore revealing skin tight outfits while she danced and always wore flesh toned body suits, for modesty. She never came across as vulgar or crass and exuded sex appeal without compromising herself. Helen always stood out from other Bollywood icons because of her toned figure, especially since most actresses were more voluptuous. In her time, she was a true femme fatale and is considered the Marilyn Monroe of India.
Her Impact on Bollywood: In 1999, Helen won Filmfare's Lifetime Achievement Award for her impact on Bollywood cinema. Even now, current Bollywood actresses like Sonali Bendre and Aishwarya Rai are performing famous dance numbers immortalized by her films.
Interesting Fact: She's appeared in 500 films, either acting or dancing in them.

Madhuri Dixit4. Madhuri Dixit: Born on May 15, 1967 in Mumbai, India, Madhuri is one of Bollywood's most influential actresses of all time. She took audiences by storm in "Tezaab" (1988) with her mind-blowing "Ek Do Teen" filled with Masala dance moves. She later moved onto Subhash Ghai"s "Raam Lakhan" (1989) as Radha, Anil Kapoor's on-screen love interest. She also starred in "Saajan" (1991) caught between a love triangle with Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt, wowed audiences with her powerful performance in "Beta" (1992), created huge controversy with the song "Choli Ke Peeche" in "Khalnayak" (1993) and achieved record breaking status at the box office with "Hum Aapke Hain Kaun" (1994) with Salman Khan. In 2002, after retiring from film because of her marriage to Dr. Ram Nene, she made a huge comeback as Chandramukhi in "Devdas" previously acted by Vyjayantimala. She dethroned 80's and 90's starlet Sridevi and created the term Madhuri Mania because of her amazing acting and dancing abilities.
Why She's Sexy: When Madhuri entered Bollywood, no one had seen such beauty since the days of Suchitra Sen and Madhubala. She is a combination of both of these screen legends.
Her Impact on Bollywood: She's had a string of 15 super Bollywood hits and has a film called "Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon" (2003) inspired by her and is known as the female Amithabh Bachchan because she was the highest paid actress of her time.
Interesting Fact: Madhuri's song in 'Khalnayak' (1993) "Choli Ke Peeche" was protested by 42 political parties because of it's literal translation.

Dimple Kapadia3. Dimple Kapadia: Born on June 8, 1957 in Mumbai, Dimple at age 16 shocked audiences in "Bobby" (1973) with her micro minis and revealing outfits. She made a sensational debut with her ethereal beauty and her amazing acting talent. After "Bobby", she took a break from Bollywood in the late 70's and married romance king Rajesh Khanna, having daughters Twinkle and Rinke. After a bitter divorce she returned to Bollywood in "Saagar" (1985), with her "Bobby" co-star, Rishi Kapoor. In "Saagar", she came back with a vengeance with an award winning performance, pleasing everyone including herself, especially since she was afraid of how audiences would react to her as a leading actress after nearly a 10 year break.
Why She's Sexy: Dimple is sexy because she's the object of many men's fantasies. She is known for being one of the most beautiful women in Indian film. She's constantly pushing boundaries by shocking audiences in a tasteful way. She stunned viewers by briefly baring her breasts in "Saagar", which was the first glimpse of nudity in a mainstream Bollywood film. She took on controversial roles in "Dil Chahta Hai" (2001) and "Leela" (2002) where she has relationships with younger men.
Interesting Fact: In "Saagar," she was a 27 year old divorced mother of two and proved that women are capable of making a comeback after going through adversity.

Parveen Babi2. Parveen Babi: Born on April 4, 1949 in Junagadh, India, Parveen lit up the screen with her amazing figure and westernized looks. She was discovered on Ahmedabad University's campus by director B. R. Ishara who wanted her as a leading lady for "Charitraheen" (1973). Her most memorable performances were with Amithabh in "Dewaar" (1975), "Amar Akbar Anthony" (1977), "Suhaag" (1979), "Shaan" (1980) "Kaalia" (1981), and "Namak Halaal" (1982).
Why She's Sexy: Parveen was sexy because she was the second most lusted after Bollywood actress of all time. Before Aishwarya Rai was featured in Time Magazine, Parveen Babi graced the cover in 1976, as the changing face of Bollywood actresses.
Her Impact on Bollywood: In January 2005, she passed away from natural causes leaving a huge void in Bollywood. She's inspired many actresses with her captivating beauty and daring nature.
Interesting Fact: Current sex symbols Bipasha Basu and Mallika Sherawat are often compared to her.

Zeenat Aman1. Zeenat Aman: Born on November 19, 1950 in Germany, Zeenat Aman is the archetypal cosmopolitan Bollywood sex symbol. Her luscious body and blistering screen presence made her Bollywood's object of erotic fantasies. She spent some time in California on an academic scholarship, then later returned to India as a journalist to work for Femina India magazine. Her co-workers encouraged her to enter the Femina India Beauty pageant, which she not only won but also succeeded in winning the Miss Asia Pacific title in 1970, making her the first ever South Asian winner. After winning both titles, Zeenat Aman's breakthrough film, "Hare Rama, Hare Krishna" (1972) with Dev Anand catapulted her to super stardom. Her role as a pot smoking, cynical hippie who slept with her boyfriend shocked audiences in the 70's. Zeenat Aman was proof the sexual revolution hit 1970's India. Bollywood has never been the same since.
Why She's Sexy: Zeenat Aman IS SEXY. Looking at her, you'll know why she's number one on this list. She exudes sensuality with her toned figure and shoulder length hair, breaking the mold of traditional Indian beauty. Since she spent time in the US, she has this westernized sophistication no other A list Bollywood actress has. Not only does she have modern looks, she also wasn't afraid to show off her amazing body in short skirts and see through sarees. In "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" (1978), Zeenat shocked audiences by going braless in a see-through, waterfall drenched white saree. In "Don", she wears body hugging dresses and stylish pant suits and sports sexy short hair. She also made waves appearing in a super sexy Bikini in "Qurbaani" (1981), which was never seen before in mainstream Bollywood films.
Her Impact on Bollywood: Even though she exuded mass sex appeal, to simply dismiss her as all looks and no substance is drastically wrong. She chose roles that differed from the traditional martyr type, by playing a woman who leaves her jobless boyfriend for a millionaire in "Roti Kapda Aur Makaan" (1974) with Manoj Kapoor, a career minded woman who considers abortion in "Ajnabee" (1974) with Shashi Kapoor, a vengeance seeking woman that can give Uma Thurman an run for her money in "Don" (1978) with Amithabh Bachchan and also in "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" (1978) with Shashi Kapoor as the partially disfigured Rupa. She also did a number of commercial films, like "Lawaaris" (1981) with Amitabh Bachchan and "Qurbaani" (1980) as a sexy lounge singer, which made her dominate the marquee for 14 years.
Interesting Fact: In September 2004, Zeenat Aman entered London's theater community by playing the role of Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate." Considering the fact that she still looks amazing in her 50's, this role is truly fitting.

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Top 10 romantic Bollywood movies of all time

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun:

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun..! is one of the all time classics of Hindi cinema. Interestingly, this three hours twenty six minutes long movie does not have a serious complicated story. Nisha (Madhuri Dixit) and Prem (Salman Khan) are from two families. They fall in love but before they could tell every body Nisha’s elder sister, who is married to Prem’s elder brother, dies and then their family decides to marry Nisha and Prem’s elder brother. For the happiness of their families, the two lovers decide to sacrifice their love. The movie ends when Prem’s elder brother comes to know about their relationship and the two families give their consent to their wedding. There are fourteen songs in the movie and Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit gave one of their best performances in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun..!.

Maine Pyar Kiya:

This is the most successful movie of 1989 and established Salman Khan in the Indian film industry. It is also one of the most successful movies of all time. Salman Khan is one of those rare breed of actors who become movie stars overnight with their debut movies. Maine Pyar Kiya tells a story which has been told on the Indian silver screen umpteen times- the struggle between love and money where love finally wins over money. Karan and Kishan are two friends. A poor car mechanic, Karan is a widow and has one daughter, Suman (Bhagyashree). Kishan on the contrary, is a big businessman and Prem (Salman Khan) is his only son. Initially, Prem and Suman were platonic friends but eventually, they fall in love with each other which Prem’s father could not approve of. For his love, Prem leaves his family and starts living the life of an ordinary fellow and does all kinds of hardships. In the end, the lovers’ struggle becomes successful.

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai:

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is the debut movie of director Karan Johar. The success of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai turned him into one of the top movie makers in Bollywood. The movie is influential in many ways. It started a new fashion trend in the Indian cinema. Another major factor is the treatment of the dancers who danced behind the actors and actresses. Previously, these people were not given much importance but this movie changed that idea. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is the story of Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and Anjali (Kajol). They studied at St. Xavier’s College and were best friends. Then Tina (Rani Mukherjee), comes to study there and Rahul falls for her. Anjali then understood that he actually loved Rahul but she could not tell him. Rahul and Tina get married. Tina gives birth to a daughter but she dies during her child birth. Before death, Tina wrote eight letters to her daughter, whose name is also Anjali. In the last letter, she tells her daughter to unite her father with Anjali, his college mate.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge:

This is the biggest hit of Bollywood in 1995. The movie is also special for another reason. It tells the love story of non-residential- Indians and highlights the Indian cultures and values. The story takes place far away from India; in England. Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol) are young second generation Indians born and brought up in London. Raj’s father is a rich businessman and he has spoiled his son with all the comforts. On the contrary, Simran’s father is a very traditional man. Simran and Raj meet each other when they went on Europe tour with their friends. In the beginning, they do not like each other but eventually they become close and as the tour comes to an end, they understands that they are in love. Simran’s father decides to sell his property and go to India where Simran will be married to his friend’s son, Kuljeet. Simran’s mother is against this marriage but she could not stand up for her daughter. Raj then comes to Punjab and manages to befriend with Kuljeet. In this way, he comes close to Simran. In the end, Simran’s father agrees that Raj is the ideal partner for Simran.


As I have mentioned earlier that there were some actors who become movie stars over night, this movie is another example. Released in 1990, Aashiqui is a romantic love story between a young boy Rahul (Rahul Roy) and Anu Verghese (Anu Agarwal). They are two suffering souls: Rahul’s father is a rich businessman who married another woman divorcing his mother and Anu is an orphan girl. They first meet in a police station and fall in love with each other instantly. The movie tells the story of the two lovers. Ashiqui was a huge success and the songs of the movie were also very popular. Singer Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal became very famous after this album was released. Rahul Roy became very popular among girls. He also started this new hair-cut style which became popular as ‘Rahul Roy haircut.’

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa:

Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is one of the major movies in Shah Rukh Khan’s career. Even Shah Rukh himself admits that it is his best performance till date. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is a love triangle between Sunil (Shah Rukh Khan), Anna (Suchitra Krishnamoorthy), and Chris (Deepak Tijori). Sunil wants to become a musician and he sings for a band. Sunil loves Anna but Anna loves Chris. Still, Sunil tries hard to win Anna’s heart. In the meantime, Chris’s parents do not want Chris to marry Anna which upsets her and she decides to marry Sunil. Sunil then discovers that Anna is still in love with Chris. The movie shows how Sunil handles this dilemma. Released in 1993, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa was a major hit movie of that year.

Qayamat se Qayamat Tak:

You can call Qayamat se Qayamat Tak the Indian version of Romeo and Juliet. The movie propelled both Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla’s career. Raj (Aamir Khan) and Rashmi (Juhi Chawla) belong to two influential families whose rivalry goes back to a long way. Raj’s father went to jail on the charge of murdering Rashmi’s uncle. Raj sees Rashmi in her village for the first time and deeply falls in love. The two meet again in a tour where Raj saves her from a group of scoundrels. When Rashmi’s father comes to know about their relationship, he decides to marry her with someone else. On the night of Rashmi’s wedding, Raj and Rashmi elope and goes to a small village where they start their married life. When Rashmi’s father comes to know about their whereabouts, he sends henchman to kill Raj but they kill Rashmi instead. Raj can not bear Rashmi’s death and commits suicide. The movie and the songs became very popular at that time.

Raja Hindustani:

Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor starrer Raja Hindustani is one of the highest grossing Bollywood films in India. Based on a romantic story, the movie was a big hit in 1996 and brought first Filmfare award for Aamir Khan and Karisma Kapoor in best actor and best actress categories. The story revolves around a love affair between a taxi-driver Raja Hindustani (Aamir Khan) and rich girl, Aarti (Karisma Kapoor). They fall in love and eventually get married. Though Aarti’s father takes it easily, the story takes a different turn when the newly married couple reaches at Aarti’s home. Directed by Dharmesh Darshan, Raja Hindustani did very well in the box office and was awarded with Fiflmfare Best Movie Award. Raja Hindustani is one of the most popular Bollywood movies of 90’s. Besides Aamir Khan and Karishma Kapoor, the movie casts Suresh Oberoi, Johnny Lever and Navneet Nishan among others.


It is another romantic movie of the90’s, directed by Lawrence D'Souza. Saajan was a major hit of 1991 starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan in leading roles. The movie experienced immense success in the box office in India and was nominated for a number of categories for Filmfare Award with winning Best Music Director and Best Playback Singer awards. The music of the movie saw immense success at that time. Nadeem-Shravan was behind the popular tracks of the movie. Based on a romantic story mingled with lots of emotion, Saajan tells the story of two friends, Aman (Sanjay Dutt) and Akash (Salman Khan) as well as Pooja Saxena (Madhuri Dixit). Both Aman and Akash fall in love for Pooja and at the end; one sacrifices his love for another. In fact, you will find happiness, sorrow, friendship, love and sacrifice everything in this romantic movie.

Yeh Dillagi:

Directed by Naresh Malhotra, Yeh Dillagi was a 1994 Yash Raj production. The movie rocked the box office that year. Staring Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and Kajol in the leading roles, the movie is based on a love story in which Vijay Saigal (Akshay) and Vicky Saigal (Saif), two brothers, fall in love with the same girl Sapna (Kajol), the daughter of their family driver. Sapna has a dream to become rich and eventually become a popular model. Vicky falls in love with Sapna, but his mother disapproves her son’s affair with the daughter of family driver. Thus, Vijay comes into the scene in his pursuit to help his brother Vicky, but he himself falls in love with Sapna. Actress Karisma Kapoor also makes a special appearance in the movie. Music by Dilip Sen and Sameer Sen, the movie has some popular tracks. Most of the tacks were performed by famous singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan and Pankaj Udhas. Both Akshay and Kajol were nominated for Filmfare Best Actor and Actress Awards respectively for this movie.


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The Magic of Madhuri 1

"Madhuri is like a beautiful gift. She´s very talented, very hard-working, very good looking and very easy to work with." - Aamir Khan

"Madhuri is a wonderful co-star. I've really enjoyed working with her and if and when the opportunity comes up again, I'd love to repeat that." - Aamir Khan

"Fantastic actress, very beautiful." - Aamir Khan

"My favourite! I love her!" - Aarti Chabria

"I admire Kajol and Rani Mukherji. However, my inspiration comes from Madhuri Dixit." - Aditi Sharma

"My favourite actress is Madhuri Dixit, nobody compares to her." - Aftab Shivasdani

"I must say that I am a big fan of Madhuri Dixit. I love her smile and I think she has really gorgeous eyes." - Aftab Shivasdani

"I am a big fan of Madhuri Dixit. She exudes charm and oomph with her smile and eyes. I would love to work with her in future." -Aftab Shivdasani

"I think we all are great fans of her acting and dancing. Even before I joined the industry I was a fan of hers and then for me to get a chance to work with her...it was a privilege. She´s a Goddess at it." - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

"I completely admire her. It was an honour for me working with her. "- Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

"I wanted to work with Madhuri since I debuted in cinema, but never got the opportunity. She is perhaps the most complete actor hindi cinema has today. I always felt dwarfed while acting alongside her." -Ajay Devgan

"It was during the shoot of Swati. I remember seeing a sweet girl sitting at the corner of the sets with her mother all the time. I didn't know who she was. I was the hero of the film and my heroine was Meenakshi Sheshadri, who was a big star then. The girl was a reflection of perfect Indian beauty. I could see some kind of magic in her eye, but I didn't introduce myself. I only felt that she had the beauty of three great Indian heroines - Madhubala, Nargis and Vyjantimala. When I asked about her, I was told her name was Madhuri Dixit. She had the role of a tomboy in the film and was playing Meenakshi's stepsister.... Madhuri had an insignificant role but, while shooting, I found that her body, eyes and acting really synchronized well. It was unbelievable for me to see a first timer give such a brilliant performance. She rose from nowhere to become the biggest star of Indian cinema. No actor today can match her peak. One of my biggest regrets in life is never getting a chance to work opposite her or direct her. I hope to get a chance to do that in this lifetime. I think what set Madhuri apart from other heroines of her time was her sincerity. She has a million-dollar smile that resembles that of Madhubala and the actress Nimi. She manages to look sensuous in whatever she wears -- Indian or Western. She is also an amazing dancer. I can't think of any actress today managing to do what she did. I envy other heroes who got a chance to act with her. If Leonardo Da Vinci were alive today, he would have painted Madhuri instead of the Mona Lisa." - Akbar Khan

"Obviously very professional lady. We had a very good rapport with each other.... She´s never ever made me realize that she´s such a big, huge star and I´m just kind of a newcomer in front of her. Neither has she ever made Saif (Ali Khan) realize that." - Akshay Kumar

"She is wonderful. She is a treat. Just like you give chocolate to a child, for us actors it´s Madhuri Dixit. She is a delight to work with. It´s a pleasure to watch her onscreen. She is an actress, dancer and a performer. She is a very lovely person. She looks the same like what she looked like in Mohabbat. I cannot make out the difference between her age in Hum Aapke Hain kaun and Aaja Nachle. I think she is the same. She has maintained herself so well that she is looking just as young. I think she is just the same and a very simple person. She is very down to earth and lovely to work with." - Akshaye Khanna

"I like Madhuri Dixit the most. Her style, her facial expression... bahut kamal ki actress hai, kamal ki actress hai." - Akshaye Khanna

"I have sung most songs for Madhuri and Juhi. But if I have to pick one, it will be Madhuri. She just adds so much expression, that I always felt that all the expressions I had put in song were justified. In fact she used to better it. I loved to see my songs enacted by her." - Alka Yagnik

"After watching her in Gaja Gamini, I´m completely shocked that an actress as graceful and talented as Madhuri Dixit could be mentioned in the same sentence as newer girls like Aishwarya Rai -- girls who are beautiful, no doubt, but have not one iota of the talent or charm of Madhuri. To say that Aishwarya has dethroned Madhuri is a joke in itself." - Alok Kumar

"It has been a great pleasure in having Madhuriji on the USA leg of the (Unforgettable) tour. She has been an icon in the Indian film industry and we´re very happy that she could be with us on this tour." - Amitabh Bachchan

"It (shooting of a song with Madhuri for Bade Miyan Chhote Miyan) was simply fabulous. I always wanted to do a film with her, but unfortunately we never got chance to work together and even when offers came they never materialised, for one reason or another. After doing a dance number with her in Bade Mian Chhote Mian I am even more eager to work with her. She is a marvellous dancer and actress. I hope some producer will soon offer as a good film." - Amitabh Bachchan

"While working with Madhuri in Chhote Miyan, first thought that crossed my mind was that I should have born 20 years later." -Amitabh Bachchan

"Madhuri Dixit was easily the last female superstar we had." - Amod Mehra

"She was the most perfect face for the screen." - Amrita Rao

"Don ´t compare me with a legend like Madhuri!" - Amrita Rao

"Celebrity I'd like to spend a day with? Madhuri Dixit! She has modern charm coupled with traditional loveliness. Her resemblance to Madhubala makes her an eternal beauty." - Anil Gupta

"I was fortunate enough to come close to her through all my films. I wooed her and married her. I fell in love with her and she reciprocated...on celluloid at least. I think we made the best screen-pair." - Anil Kapoor

"Madhuri Dixit is the best dancer of this country." - Anil Kapoor

"Madhuri - you´re not a good actress. You´re not a good dancer and you´re definitely not a good human being. Because I feel that you are a fantastic actress. An outstanding dancer. And a fabulous human being. And that is from the bottom of my heart." - Anil Kapoor

"Madhuri was very, very special. Fantastic actress, beautiful girl with a lovely smile, and most importantly very good person. We got professionally very close as we did about 14 films together, and that raised jealousy in many people, because everybody wanted to know her, everybody wanted to date her." - Anil Kapoor

"What Madhuri brings... is her incredible, incredible sense of dancing. It is not a type of dancing that she can´t do.... Sometimes it is just a walk, sometimes just a gesture, sometimes just a look, but because her body is that one of a born dancer everyting she does is a musical theatre." - Anil Mehta

"She is an iconic figure of our times. For me she is a special performer. At the end of the day it was an enriching experience. She is a fantastic person to work with. When she started working, she worked with ease and grace. She is a very easy person to get along with. What started off as a huge task, just got simplified." - Anil Mehta

"When you see Madhuri dance, it can't be spoken of, it just connects. These things can't be articulated. I had to watch the footage of her dancing again and again in the post production stage. But I was never tired of watching her dance. She is a very very special performer. She is a trained Kathak dancer. Grace is a part of her." - Anil Mehta

"She was always doing everything with perfection, a quality you associate Madhuri with." - Anil Mehta

"Madhuri is so cute. She is beautiful and a great actress." - Ankita Lokhande

"I have been this huge Madhuri fan for as long as I can remember. Honestly, name me one girl who doesn't want to be like Madhuri Dixit. She's pure magic on screen. She's the most perfect star. She ruled the industry for over a decade while many other actresses came and went. Her success story is remarkable." - Antara Mali

"There is only one Madhuri Dixit and it is very hard to match up to her. Copying her looks, and dressing style was easy but there is a certain charm that she has, certain expressions, which are very Madhuri." - Antara Mali

"She is so warm, you know. You see her on screen and there is so much of charisma. It's magical the way she smiles and moves. Even if you see her back move, there is something about it. There is some intangible energy about her. She is graceful and dignified. She never looks cheap or vulgar. She can do anything, yet look so pure. I have worked with people who know her as a person. They have great stories to tell about her. They would keep telling me stories, 'She is so great', 'She is so good', 'She does it so well' and 'She is an amazing person'." - Antara Mali

"Favorite Actress is Madhuri Dixit, she's not just a great actress but an awesome dancer too!" - Anuj Sachdev

"Madhuri is a delightful person, a brilliant actor and effortless in her work. She is simple yet sharp as an actor. She is a very good co-actor." - Anupam Kher

"On the first day on the sets (of Devdas), where we were shooting a Mujra scene, she was very sweet to me. I introduced myself to her and then she also introduced herself by saying "Hi, I'm Madhuri Dixit." I told her that there was no need to introduce herself as she was a famous star." - Apra Mehta

"I like her because she is a great artiste and a nice person" - Archana Gupta

"Madhuri looks so sweet even now. She has maintained her grace and my best wishes are always there with her. She is a very talented girl." - Aroona Irani

"Both she and Madhubala have the same enigma. The stars today have no dignity off screen and they are so available. This is a fantasy-land the stuff of dreams. You idolise your stars, you pretend to be like them. That's where the fun comes in. You can't bring out dirty linen in public and yet hope to remain a star. To me, Madhuri is the last number one heroine in the Hindi film industry and that comes from her iconic status." - Aseem Bajaj

"With everything turning more Westernised, even the concept of glamour has undergone a vast change. But even now there are several heroines like Madhuri Dixit, Kajol and Rani Mukherjee who have their own indigenous glamorous style and are not merely copying the West." - Asha Parekh

"Madhuri Dixit with her classical Indian good looks, her politeness, charm and aura is very desirable." - Ashmit Patel

"I was doing a film with Subhash Ghai when he suggested that Madhuri should act in it; she was his discovery. When I saw her at the shoot on the very first say I thought that she must have already done 15 or 20 films. Her level of work was always very high and I knew that some day she would become this huge superstar. I think she is a fantastic actress. She was always on time and would do her work properly. Madhuri was very jovial. She would fool around and crack jokes with the cast and crew. Her mom would sometimes come to the sets with her as well. Everyday was a fun day for us because we would enjoy ourselves so much. It was more like a picnic than work! I think Madhuri has improved with every film. She realizes her faults from her previous film and works on them for the next. She is a great student of acting." - Ashok Khanna

"Madhuri is the only complete actress that Indian cinema has produced in 100 years." - Ashok Kumar

"She has the X-factor. It's not like I've done any magic on her to capture her beauty. Madhuri is a good actress who has achieved a lot because of her commitment and no ego." - Ashok Mehta

"The beauty of Madhuri is she can fit in any slot." - Ashok Thakeria

"I have watched all her films. Her face can speak a million words. She danced well too. She had sex appeal but never used it in. Her smile was her charm. " - Ashutosh Gowriker

"She is the finest dancer Indian cinema has produced. She is such a natural that she could have been a great classical dancer if she wanted to. Her innate grace, sense of rhythm and expressions... When Madhuri dances, we too become a part of her dance." - Aswathy V. Nair

"Last year, I accidently met Madhuri Dixit at Jaipur airport, when she was returning to Mumbai after shooting for Koyla, and I was returning after shooting for Zor. She, at once recognised me though we were meeting after nearly a decade, when we had worked together as father and daughter in Ilaaka. She took my bag from my hands, saying, " you are a senior citizen and should not carry this burden." What a noble gesture from a beautiful young girl who is a top filmstar today." - A.K. Hangal

"Perhaps Madhuri knows now that she has nothing left to prove, and that she´s the last of the all-in-one female stars who could do drama and comedy and dance and also flash a smile that looked like a million bucks. You sense that confidence in her now - that almost regal imperiousness, born from the realisation that the instant she enters a scene, all eyes will turn to her - and she´s wonderful in this part where performer and person fuse into one." - Baradwaj Rangan

"It was quite some time back. I met Sonu (Nigam) the first time at Holiday Inn in Mumbai. We were sitting at the restaurant and I saw an attractive girl wearing jeans and tattered T-shirt walk past. She was with an older man who could have been her dad. Just when she was leaving, Sonu told her 'I love your films'. She smiled and turned towards me and said, 'I love your music. I am a big fan.' I asked her, 'What's your name?' She replied, 'Madhuri.' 'What do you do?' I asked her. 'I act,' she said, '...in films.' After she left Sonu told me she was Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri Dixit! I felt like such an idiot!" - Biddu

"I had shot Madhuri earlier, in Parinda. She was beautiful then, she is even more beautiful now." - Binod Pradhan

"I think Madhuri Dixit is the ultimate symbol of sensuality." - Bipasha Basu

''Today Aishwarya is No. 1 because Madhuri is not doing films. Madhuri is by far the better actor." - Bharat Shah

"Madhuri Dixit has bewitched the South Asian humanity with her beauty and grace. Men and women, young and old, and rich and poor all seemed to be hypnotized by this diva of erotic charm."- Brij Mohan

''The name stands for so much-an industry icon, superb actress, brilliant dancer and charismatic personality. Nobody compares to Madhuri as yet.'' - Chandan Arora

"I think Madhuri Dixit is the perfect actress: she is a fabulous dancer and she is so beautiful with a lovely smile. No one can take her place ." - Chitrashi Rawat

"Whatever step was shown to her it was piece of cake for her, it seemed she had done rehearsal one month before!!!" - Chunky Panday

"She looks great even at this age. I must say she has made Bollywood proud. I'm a great fan of hers.... She is as beautiful today as she was during the Tezaab days." - Chunky Panday

"When we first heard that she was coming, different people reacted differently. Some started sweating profusely, some started screaming with joy, some broke into a prayer. I, of course, took a more seasoned and mature option. I started rolling on the floor, whilst simultaneously breaking into a song about numbers. Only Madhuri Dixit could have had this effect on our entire office." - Cyrus Broacha

"The milestone in the career of any photographer today is a session with Madhuri Dixit. I had worked with a number of known names but, till I shot with Madhuri, I continued to question my existence. She was like a cult figure for me, someone unique and incomparable. My biggest joy was when she agreed to work with me. As happy as a child with a new toy, I reached the set. I was struck dumb when we came face-to-face. Absolutely awe-struck! She was quick to realise this and put me at ease. She's magic in front of the camera. A beautiful face with a million-dollar smile. She has a problem with her weight and the occasional zit. Her dressing has improved drastically of late. One of our best shoots was at one of Delhi's monuments. For security reasons, Madhuri had a whole lot of commandos following us around with arms. I felt like a king. Today Madhuri can take the risk of looking different, trying out experiments with photography. She will always be accepted and appreciated because she is simply incomparable." - Daboo Ratnani

"The down-to-earth professional that Madhuri is, makes her a dream to work with." - Darshan Jariwala

"Madhuri is an icon of our time; a great actress and a fantastic dancer." - Daya Shetty

"I worship Madhuri, I love the way she emotes while dancin. I haven´t missed a single fim dance of hers. But I like her best in Devdas, she says a million things wih her eyes in it. I am completely inspired by her." - Deepa Karmalkar

"I have grown up watching Madhuri Dixit, she is like a legend to me and one of the finest our industry has seen." - Deepika Padokone

"It's almost impossible to have another Madhuri. I am not God to predict but thinking to have someone as complete as her is beyond my imagination." - Dharmendra

"I'm an ardent admirer of this lady! Her smile says to hell with darkness, I bring light!" - Dia Mirza

"She´s such a good girl, so humble and well brought up, she deserves all the good things that hava happened to her." - Dilip Kumar

"Madhuri reminds me of the beauty of Madhubala, Grace of Vaijantimalaa with the sensitivity of Nutan." - Dilip Kumar

"One has to agree that Madhuri is magical. She is pure magic onscreen." - Dino Morea

"I love Madhuri Dixit because there is something about her which is really amazing." - Dino Morea

"Every moment you watch her, you wanna watch her more and more and more, you just can´t have enough of her." - Divya Dutta

"Madhuri is so encouraging and concerned about people around her." - Divya Dutta

"It's shocking that inspite of being such a respected actress, she doesn't have any airs about her - she doesn't throw attitude at all. It's been like magic - I've always wanted to work with her." - Divya Dutta

"Madhuri Dixit is probably the most attractive face of Bollywood."- Fardeen Khan

"I had predicted back at the time of Dayavan making that one day this girl will be as good as, maybe even better, than Sridevi. And it's a prediction that has come true." - Feroz Khan

"Madhuri Dixit is the true symbol of versatility." - Frieda Pinto

"Critics argued that the film (Hum Aapke Hain Kaun) was too sweet and she left some with a diabetic syndrome, but the fact was that she mesmerised on screen and everyone's eyes were fixed on her throughout, following her unknowingly. Since her dramatic entry on roller-skates in the film, and as she sang and waltzed through the picture, handling professionally the most complicated and emotionally demanding role effortlessly, she had the entire audience enthralled and India captive to 'Madhuri Mania'. With her perfect lip-synching, an impeccable Urdu pronunciation (despite being of Maharashtrian origin) and her command of a galaxy of expressions as well as being pleasing to the eye, a shining star had seemingly been born out of a dwindling meteor. But then, given her enviable reservoir of talent, this was inevitable and she personifies the ultimate female Indian star." - Fuad Omar

"I saw her blooming into a flower from a blossom. A youngster, an actor, a mother ... I saw her living every roles because that is what she is, a quiet, straight forward, gentle and a benevolent girl. I never saw her getting tired in a shoot. Once Kajol saw her shooting for long hours and told me, she is like a perfect Hollywood Actress, a directors actress. She gives the director the shot he wants. She is a rare combination of beauty and immense talent. A perfect Hindi dilogue delivery voice, eyes and expressions as lucid as a mirror, a camera loving personality, dance and rhythm perfectly coordinated. And with such exceptional combination, she always stayed so simple at her heart. I never saw her with false pride or throwing star tantrums." - Gautam Rajdhakshya

"When I asked M.F. Husain what he thought was so special about Madhuri (we were at the sets of Dil To Pagal Hai), he said to me, 'Just watch her, she's not noticing us, look at the way she sits, look at the way she reaches for a cup of tea, look at the way she flicks her hair…her body language, her feminity…the way she turns around, every bit of it is so Indian and feminine.' Also having seen the female sex for 90 years and for him to literally pick her out is a huge compliment.... So while it's not really fair to say that today's actresses are not talented or good-looking, the confluence of all that an artiste would need, we have not found in anyone since Madhuri." - Gautam Rajdhakshya

"When I see her, I say 'Oh, my God, there's so much more to her'. It's not just that she is the best dancer or the fact that she is tremendously graceful or feminine but she has a fabulously expressive voice. She is so wonderfully mercurial in front of the camera." - Gautam Rajdhakshya

"I have shot close to 2000 faces, Madhuri's is one of the best faces in my portfolio. She is like malleable clay. You just have to tell her what you want and she becomes that person. Temperament and talent made her the super star she was. I've had the opportunity to shoot her many times, from pre-Tezaab to pre-Aaja Nachle. There's never been another Madhuri Dixit." - Gautam Rajdhakshya

"During Dil To Pagal Hai, I was shooting with Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor. Karisma took a mirror and gave some final touches to her makeup. SRK asked Madhuri whether she too wanted a last glimpse. She told SRK, "My mirrors are here," and pointed to Mickey Contractor (make-up expert) and me. I was overwhelmed and quite shaken. Mickey told me to enjoy it because we would never get such a response again." - Gautam Rajdhakshya

"Madhuri has a supremely beautiful face, perfectly placed eyes, a wonderful mouth and small nose. Her body is proportionate, although not waif-like. She is a director's actor. I have put her in ice, made her sit on watermelons, made her go around in circles over a hundred times; without wincing, she has done it all. She has that quality about her." - Gautam Rajdhakshya

"A great face, graceful, acting prowess and dancer. A consistent 10 year period at the top in an era when faces change every week. Ideal muse for directors, choreographers, photographers and even painters! A modern icon." - Gautam Rajdhakshya

"She is so flexible, you can do what you like with her. She undergoes a metamorphosis in front of the camera." - Gautam Rajdhaksya

"You know, there is something about Madhuri that is eternal. For one, there is a lot of peace in her eyes. In fact, I met her after Aaja Nachle and I found her looking even better than she did when she started the film. I don't know…maybe she was buoyed by the confidence of the fact that she could still face the camera and got such wonderful response from her co-stars, director and cameramen. Confidence gives you the most beautiful glow on your face, which I've seen in all artists. They all maybe good but the moment they taste the blood of success and adulation, that's when they begin to flower. And I found that in Madhuri right now." - Gautam Rajdhaksya

"She looks like Michellangelo´s Madonna, serene face, large eyes, chisselled lipline and aristocratic expression. Somewhere along the line, she begins to enjoy her work, that´s what makes her different." - Gautam Rajdhaksya

"I am not starstruck otherwise, but I am a big fan of Madhuri's. I recently met her on her birthday and I actually touched her feet. That was the most memorable and wonderful moment of my life." - Geeta Basra

"If you mention Madhuri Dixit to someone who has never met her the question is always the same. Is she really so lovely? And the answer is 'yes'! Ever since the first time I met her on the sets of Tezaab when she shooting for the Ek do teen song, and now as a wife and mother, Madhuri was and will remain a stunner! Tell her that, and she laughs 'I don't think I am beautiful, I am simply photogenic'! The other was her taking pride in her Maharashtrian roots. Despite achieving a super star status Madhuri never hesitated to talk in her language, or hide her love for the simple fare of aloo poha or varun bhat! In fact her modesty, and her touch with reality always added to her charisma. Traits she unhesitatingly attributed to her family! With one of her parents always being present in her make-up room, her regular trips abroad to meet her siblings, and they dropping in for lunch when she was shooting in Mumbai had kept her grounded, she had laughed once. This was apparent even now when she made sure her children were around on the sets when she was recently shooting for Aaja Nachle, her comeback film. Indeed it is unbelievable that someone so beautiful could have this 'every person' quality." - Geety Sahgal

"My favourite actress is Madhuri Dixit." - Govinda

"Our Madhuriji is a great and charismatic artiste." - Govinda

"She is someone I have always looked up to and she is easily the most talented and most beautiful actress in our industry." - Hansika Motwali

"Unforgettable: that's what Madhuri Dixit has come to stand for in the minds of anyone who loves the movies. And why not? After all, she was, for more than a decade, the closest thing Bollywood had to a female superstar, her popularity transcending class barriers and leaping over art and mainstream fences. Small beauty salons that dot the city where Madhuri became famous still have her posters in their windows." - Harneet Singh

"Every film journalist who has met her has a favourite MD (Madhuri Dixit) story. MD stories are not about diva tantrums, eccentricity or mood swings. Instead everyone raves about her beauty. My favourite one is actually not my own but was told to me by a veteran film journalist who met Madhuri in the summer of 1997 on the sets of Dil To Pagal Hai. She was shooting the Arre Re Arre track and looked ethereal in white. Through his most memorable interview, he said, he didn't make eye contact with Madhuri. "I was scared," he said "that my gaze would stray." - Harneet Singh

"I like the way she dances. She has learnt Kathak, that´s what I hear. But basically with learning a little bit of Kathak or any form of classical dance it helps a lot in a film dancing. And we can see that in how beautifully she dances." - Hema Malini

"I first met her on the sets of Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and the moment she saw me she got up from her place. I was honored that she showed respect to me. During that time she was one of the top heroines of Bollywood but she never expressed it. She behaved as if she was a newcomer. Madhuri is very zabardast and a wonderful actress. I remember one incident that happened in filmistaan. I was going for my shoot and suddenly someone screamed 'Himaniji' on the top of their voice. The moment I turned around to check I felt someone's hand on my shoulders- it was Madhuri. After that we sat and chatted for a long time. This happened after her marriage. I mostly I get along with everybody but Madhuri will always be my all time favorite actress." - Himani Shivpuri

"Madhuri Dixit is a legend." - Himesh Reshamiya

"It would be vain for me to say so, but they compare me with Madhuri in her time. For me that´s the ultimate compliment, because I´m a big fan of Madhuri´s. And in Pakistan they think Bollywood´s not have another star since Madhuri." - Iman Ali

"The most beautiful actress have always been Madhuri." - Imran Hashmi

"I think Madhuri Dixit is the best. She dances extremely well. I respect and like her a lot." - Imran Khan

"Madhuri Dixit. I loved her in 'Dil' with Aamir mamu. You know, despite all those horrible frilly things that heroines in the 80s and 90s wore, they really could carry films on their own. Madhuri and Sridevi could get an opening (at the box-office) on the strength of their name. Today, the girls seem interchangeable. I don't know if it's the scripts or the audience." - Imran Khan to the question who is the most romantic Bollywood heroine.

"I remember the first time I met Madhuri. Someone I know brought her to meet me. This is before I became a director and she a star. The first thing that struck me was her innocent, expressive face. She was just a child, and awfully thin. I actually recommended a diet for her so she could put on a bit of weight. I have no idea if she followed it, but she changed drastically soon after. That first meeting is still imprinted in my mind, particularly because I had no idea that the frail little girl would go on to become such a huge star. She was polite, quiet and very humble. I must be the only director lucky enough to have worked with her in three movies. I must say that she grew by leaps and bounds with of them. What is striking is that Madhuri, the person, remained the same throughout - always humble, friendly, sharing a good rapport with co-stars and the crew. She has been a fine actress to work with and, more importantly, a great friend. I just met her last month and we discussed a few ideas. I would love to make more films with her, if I get the right subject. Apart from wishing her a very happy birthday and best wishes, I would want to urge her to make a comeback quickly because this industry needs an actress of her calibre." - Indra Kumar

"She got 100% everywhere - in emotion, in anger, in comic,dance, whatever emotion you needed. That´s areason why she became such a big star." - Indra Kumar

"Jo Madhuri ke saath chemistry thi, woh kisi aur ke saath kahan? She's still my favourite. I've worked with Juhi Chawla, Kajol and Manisha Koirala. But the rapport that I shared with MD was missing with the others." - Indra Kumar

"There's a tendency with the audience, specifically men, to lose interest in an actress after she gets married. But I believe that such stupendous talent like Madhuri's supercedes everything." - Indrajit

"For me, Madhuri, Sridevi and Juhi were the only great modern day heroines. Of course, Nargisji and Madhubala were icons. Today, there is no actress as versatile as them." - Ishaa Koppikar

"Comeback! What comeback are we talking about? She had never left the industry in the first place and continues to look as fresh as her Ram Lakhan days." - Jackie Shroff

"Bollywood and Madhuri are synonymous with one another. You cannot talk about Bollywood without mentioning her. When she quit films and got married we lost our Kohinoor. I am absolutely mad about her, she´s got the most dazzling smile and her dance movements can give any actress a run for her money." - Jackie Shroff

"People are only praising Karisma because it was Madhuri she was standing up to. It was like if anyone gave a good shot in front of Dilip Kumar people used to clap "Wow! What a performance!" - Jackie Shroff

"Madhuri Dixit is the true energy of Indian films. She is the symbol of purity, divinity and sensuality. Unlike contemporary actresses Madhuri does not need to wear a one-inch skirt or a small top - her eyes and smile are enough incentive for a man to be fascinated." - Jackie Shroff

"Madhuri is a celestial beauty. And it has always been a divine experience working with her. In fact, I haven't liked any other heroine after that. Hers is a void that can not be filled. As a person she's extremely grounded. In fact, she's almost a reflection of me as she treated everybody - be it a spotboy or producer - with respect. You know what I really loved about her was that she always had a very bashful look! She'd never look fully into my eyes and I loved that! It made her seem so feminine and honestly, that trait in a woman makes any man feel great." - Jackie Shroff

"She never made anything look vulgar. She had that smile, which was pure, which was serene, which was absolutely divine." - Jackie Shroff

"Madhuri-ji is a legend and will always remain a legend." - Jackie Shroff

"I have always idolised Madhuri Dixit Nene. She is brilliant on screen." - Jahan Bloch

"She is a great artiste who is able to tap an unknown vibe from the atmosphere through antenna that nobody sees and bring them into the performance and create a kind of a subtext which raises every scene to a level much higher than what the conceiver had imagined." - Jaideep Sahni

"There's nobody like Madhuri." - Jaideep Sahni

"It is unfortunate that no actress in the present league is as good as dancing queens of yesterday like Madhuri or Sridevi. We have a serious dearth of quality dancing actresses now." - Jaideep Sen

"I just love Madhuri." - Javed Akhtar

"The camera merely rolls when other actresses emote. But when Madhuri Dixit gets into the act, the camera seems to stop dead in its tracks, watching her like an incorrigible voyeur. Time and again, she has worked with directors who can't equip her with the depth or contact that she's so capable of. Time and again, she has been crackerjack and the film a crashing bore. Obviously she hopscotches over the handicaps. What a Shyam Benegal, a Mani Ratnam or a Shekhar Kapur might do with her is a tantalising prospect. " - Jitesh Pillaii

"Every time the barb or accusation hurt her she became more calm, no flicker of anger, the eyes would betray no trace of pain. Emotions were only meant for camera of the confinement of her three bedroom apartment in Juhu." - Jitesh Pillaii

"The only Indian heroine I like, really like, is Madhuri Dixit. And I think she´s gorgeous."- John Abraham

"No matter how hard I worked, Madhuri was always ahead of me." - Juhi Chawla

"Madhubala was fairer, Madhuri´s duskier. But her eyes are as expressive and her smile is equally electric. However, I´d say Madhuri is more independent. She know her mind and gets her way." - JH Thakker


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The Magic of Madhuri 2

"She´s phenomenal in everything she does." - Kajol

"Madhuri is a flawless actress. She is a director's actress. She can become exactly what the director wants. Take two films of her, Nana Patekar's Prahaar and Subhash Ghai's khalnayak. Can you see any similarity between the simple Madhuri of Prahaar with the Madhuri of Khalnayak? No you can't? Because the two directors had different demands. So Madhuri had become two completely different Madhuri. But again she has so much power that the directors are compelled to think about her. I am saying this from my own feeling. The first thing that amazes me is her beauty. Her body and her look is like a Greek goddess. I have rarely seen such expressions of eye. She can portray so many things by only her expressions! So many colours, sadness, so many questions, love play in those expressions. I will say with only such expressions an actress can bewilder so many audiences in the dark room. But her amazingly versatile expressions have not been used properly yet. Her many talents have not been used yet. Her another big asset is her dancing ability. Madhuri has superb power to change herself. Take six photographs from six Madhuri film, you will see six different Madhuri! You won't find any similarity among them, so much versatile she is! But then again, if you notice deeply, you will see the similarity because the face is the same only different shade is moving over them. It is an envying power. It will depend on the ability of the director how much he/she can use her versatility. Look at her face, like me you will also think God has not created a more beautiful face. It is so beautiful that I cannot think her in any vamp role. I would like to say finally that how much the actor Kajol tries to critic her beauty and talent, the viewer Kajol is obsessed with Madhuri mania." - Kajol

"What do I say about the most beautiful woman ever? What do I say about the most magnificent smile ever? What do I say about the most fantastic actress ever? Whatever I say won´t be enough. All I am gonna say is: they don´t make them like her anymore." - Karan Johar

"It is something you cannot help. You find yourself stupidly smiling every time Madhuri smiles. And that´s the kind of impact she has." - Karan Johar

"Post Madhuri Dixit, I don't think there's been any queen bee. The crown lies, without the queen." - Karan Johar

"Dancing is a blend of two thing, in cinema specifically it´s about your footwork - legworkof course and it´s about your face work. And Madhuri excells in both. And that´s a rare combination. She just adds so much expression - dance is expression - and her expression is just fantastic. And I think that is just Madhuri Dixit and nobody, I repeat nobody, on Indian cinema can move, dance and express in a song the way Madhuri Dixit does." - Karan Johar

"In the '90s, any sari worn by Madhuri Dixit would instantly spawn a million copies.Young girls shopping on Mumbai's Linking Road or in Delhi's Karol Bagh wouldn't hesitate to ask for the Hum Aapke Hain Kaun sari." - Karan Johar

"Madhuri's someone I've known for years now, ever since Dil To Pagal Hai when I worked with Yashji. She just has to smile and that makes your moment that day... I feel really sad that I couldn't ever work with her. She was on her last couple of years when I started. I interacted with her on Dil To Pagal Hai and feel special because I did. I'm dying to work with her and Sridevi. They really were the last of the empresses. Everyone else now are buddies - we're on back-slapping terms. That whole euphoria, aura, status…" - Karan Johar

"You should see us on the sets. We're laughing all the time. It's like going on a picnic. Madhuri is a wonderful person. She is absolutely hassle free." - Karisma Kapoor

"It was a great pleasure to work with Madhuriji. I have been a big fan of hers. She was so down to earth and hassle-free in the film we did together. Our work ethic is the same - dedicated and focused, so it was very easy to get along with her. Even my Dad is extremely fond of her. " - Karisma Kapoor

"I find Madhuri Dixit a complete package. She is talented and very good looking. She is blessed with everything. " - Katrina Kaif

"I look up to Madhuri for inspiration." - Katrina Kaif

"I love Bollywood actresses very much. I grew up watching Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Tabu, Karisma Kapoor and I admire them a lot." - Katrina Kaif

"I am a fan of Madhuri Dixit. Her every dance, every expression, every movement, to me, is very aspirational ; especially expressions, which is very essential for an actor, where one can only try, try and try to get the perfect take. I don't think there's anybody like her. She is the most beautiful actress ever to come on screen. " - Katrina Kaif

"At the tender age of 16 Madhuri started work in the film industry, which back then wasn't even an industry and was a nasty old place for a good little girl. She diligently worked cruel hours in brutal conditions without complain, never behaving like a diva, always grateful for the adulation. She knew no life outside of films and her family. She'd never enjoyed the ordinary pleasures of walking the streets or being a teenager or having a relationship or going on a shopping spree or getting tipsy at a party. All she had was the spell she cast over her gazillion fans." - Koel Purie

"I really really admire her. She´s beautiful, she dances amazing, she´s a brilliant actress. And she´s a great person. Like what else?" - Konkona Sen Sharma

"Sharing acting space with Madhuri didn't make me that nervous. I knew I could manage to hold my own in that department. But one has to be totally crazy to even attempt to match dance steps with Madhuri. I thought I'd faint when I had to dance with her." - Konkona Sen Sharma

"Madhuri Dixit is amazing! We had such a ball. We hung around together even when we weren't shooting. Madhuri is such a big star. But she's so chilled. So fun loving and totally unaffected." - Konkona Sen Sharma

"When you are on the sets working with Madhuri Dixit, you tend to forget that she is 'The Madhuri Dixit' because she is so normal. Honestly speaking, she is unassuming, very friendly, very considerate. There was a time when my knees were hurting and she came forward like any other friend and offered her help. Yes, it was special to be working with her because I never thought that my wish to work with her would come true one day. Madhuri shares screen space with not only me but all of us, whether it's Kunal, Ranvir, Vinay Pathak or Raghuveer Yadav. Sharing screen space with Madhuri is just so unbelievable. She is right in front of you and you tend to go speechless when she delivers her lines. She is an inspiration to watch." - Konkona Sen Sharma

"To be in the same frame with her is really nice but to dance with her is a little embarrasing, because she´s exceptional. There can never be another Madhuri Dixit and nobody comes close to her." - Kunal Kapoor

"I've worked with a lot of actors whose fans I am. But Madhuri was extra-special. I told her I've seen Hum Aapke Hain Koun as many times as M.F Husain saab. It took me a while to realize she was a normal human being. For a while I'd be shocked when she would get sweaty while working. How can Madhuri Dixit feel the heat? She's too normal." - Kunal Kapoor

"Madhuri Dixit - the word weaves the magic." - Kunal Kapoor

"She's looking ravishing and is a great actress." - Lakshmi Gopalaswamy

"Each time she walked onto the set ready to give a shot, everyone just sighed! There was something so warm and friendly about her, layered with this distinct veneer of professionalism. She commanded a lot of respect." - Leena Yadav

"I wish I had romanced someone like Nargis or Madhuri Dixit. There are lots of actresses who are women of substance, but I have this attraction for Madhubala. I think they have the ability to make a common man want to protect them." - Madhavan

"Madhuri has always been my favourite because in my opinion she is the best. I always thought that the dancer that she is, the face that she is, the smile that she is.... She is just too good." - Madhoo

"Besides being well educated and a graceful dancer she is the only actress who is not hungry for publicity. Till now, in her interviews she never made a single stupid statement. She's very self-controlled." - Madhu Sampre

"Madhuri is a very dedicated and co-operative artiste. She doesn´t fuss about anything." - Mahendra Soni

"On Indian face an Indian mystique, but with extraordinary depth. She had the depth that none of us could explore. The filmmakers were limited, she was not. She was inexhaustible." - Mahesh Bhatt

"My sister Amrita was a Sridevi fan, I idolised Madhuri. I've loved all her dances, from Dhak dhak to Choli ke peechey kya hai but the Tezaab chartbuster, Ek do teen and Hum ko aaj kal hai intezaar from Sailaab are my all time favourites. I've grown up trying to dance like Madhuri, talk like her and flash a smile that was as beautiful and warm." - Malaika Arora Khan

"I think how long an actress last is a very individual thing. It's about good planning. A lot of
people become insecure and sign films in a hurry and they have a lot of bad film which ultimately affect their careers.But see Madhuri or Juhi Chawla. They have lasted long because they have planned their careers well". - Mallika Sherawat

"It's so unfair to compare me with Madhuri. She is a legend, an expert. I am just someone who enjoys dancing." -Mallika Sherawat

"I'm pretty friendly to both Madhuri and Ash. And I think they are very good human beings ." - Mamta Kulkarni

"I think she has not lost out on all that energy and excitement that she used to have on the film sets. She is still the same, some stars always remain stars. They never change." - Manish Mahaldar

"I think Dil To Pagal Hai look really worked for her. No heavy jewelery, nothing. She is so beautiful that she doesn´t need it." - Manish Malhotra

"Madhuri is simply fantastic. Her million dollar smile adds to her radiant personality. I think she's so beautiful that you don't need to do too much on the oufits, but keep them clean." - Manish Malhotra

"Initially, I was a bit wary. Thanks to some of my earlier brash statements. But once she thawed, she was lovely. Oof, she's gorgeous. And I'm convinced she's an uncomplicated person. What you see is what you get. It took me ten years to realise that though. Know what? She even helped me out with my dance steps during the rehearsals for Lajja. I'm her biggest fan today." - Manisha Koirala

"Madhuri Dixit is my greatest inspiration. I call her my guru. She´s the most complete actress we´ve had. Be it her performance, dance, grace, voice and her mesmerizing smile." - Manjari Phandis

"I think that Madhuri Dixit, Mother Theressa and Indira Gandhi have really influenced all of us, so on the eve of Woman's day I wish all women from all field a very Happy Woman's Day." - Manjari Phadnis

"Madhuri Dixit is the only reason Why I am an actress today!" - Masumeh Makhjita

"If there are two faces, I would say, can be called as real Indian beauties then I would choose Aishwarya and Madhuri from this generation. With Aishwarya one sees immense natural beauty but Madhuri is something different. Madhuri's face is the same in real life and reel life and the reason she is "naturally" beautiful is because she is a very beautiful person as well. When she called me her mirror during the shooting of DTPH, I got the highest compliment of my life. I would never even dream of such HUGE star praising me. And only Madhuri does it because she is "beautiful"... and not only in her face... but in her heart as well." - Micky Contractor

"At the stroke of the morning hours, when all the crew members were tired, weary and were still in their sleeps, Madhuri was the only one who used to get up early and rehearse for her Mujras.... she used to practice each and every step so perfectly as is Pandit Birju Maharaj ji has just now taught her and went.... and more importantly, the tiredness of the last day´s shoot till late nights was never seen on her face." - Milind Gunaji

"I was always a Madhuri Dixit fan. But after doing Devdas, I became her devotee. We used to shoot late at nights as almost all of Madhuri's songs in Devdas are in night. I used to see how engrossed Madhuri used to be while rehearsing the steps. We used to have food together. Me, Madhuri, Madhuri's mom and some people from crew. Even Shah Rukh sometimes. But then at the stroke of the morning hours of about 4.30 am, I again used to see MD, very fresh, calm and engrossed in her rehearsals... This shows her professionalism, her dedication to her work. Otherwise I have seen actors being extremely late on shoots or giving it a complete skip. Working with Madhuri was like a morale boast. If a superstar can work so hard, then why can't people like us?" - Milind Gunaji

"I would like to date her in a shikara. I can float in a shikara in my dreams, because in reality I am not getting her!" - Milon Mukherjee

"She's the entire package. You couldn't segregate her as an actress or a fine looker or a dancer. There was a charisma about her. She was the representative of the quintessential Indian woman in the post Nargis and Madhubala years." - Minisha Lamba

"Madhuri Dixit is such a devoted actress and dancer that hardly anyone in India has come to her level." - Mithun Chakraborty

"According to me - what a legend!" - Mithun Chakraborthy

"I simply adore few personalities and they have left a lasting impression on me. I simply love Madhuri Dixit - her dance style is mind-blowing." - Mumaith Khan

"She is a complete actress. There were some like Nargis who were known for their performance, Madhubala for her beauty and Vyajayanthimala for her dancing, but Madhuri is 'all-in-one.' She is complete. A phenomenon. Ashok Kumar once said that she is one 'complete' actress that India has produced in 100 years. I totally agree with him. There is just one thing Madhuri lacks: a single memorable hit that can be remembered in future. The people who handled her work were wrong. She came from a middle class background and, therefore, the agents she had were not good. She went to the commercial industry, into the hands of the wrong people. She is talented and a dedicated professional, but she still doesn't have memorable roles like Nargis did. As we didn't have even one creative director then, she had to do all the commercial dance movies. And I arrived too late in the industry... We do not have any great creative directors here who can exploit her talent. We had Satyajit Ray in Bengal and Adoor Gopalakrishnan in the south. The only good director in Bollywood is Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Therefore, though she had a successful career, she doesn't have that one movie which will remind us of her exceptional work. I first met her in 1995, on my 88th birthday. She was in Boston giving a live performance. Due to her popularity, there were 40,000 people just to catch a glimpse of her. Even people on wheelchairs were there. The audience whistled during her dance. She was a craze. When I met her, she told me we could cut my birthday cake in her room. I told her she was in the wrong hands, only doing commercial movies and that I would like to do a lot of things for her, to which she replied: 'Aap bahut der se mile' (I met you pretty late). She was very humble, down to earth and would treat everyone equally. She had no airs. I once saw her meeting some of her fans, and being very friendly with them. I told her she shouldn't be so close to so many people as one never knew what intentions they had. She replied that she was where she was because of her fans. Now she is married and a mother, and doing justice to that role as well. After her first child, I had stayed at her home in America. She is a good wife. She takes care of every detail in the house. She takes care of her child on her own and doesn't have a nanny. And, she is a good host. When her husband asked me if I would like to go sightseeing, I told him there was no need to go out when there was such a nice movie at home - Madhuri playing the role of housewife and mother. It was a perfect picture. I feel Madhuri should make a comeback again. And I strongly feel people will appreciate it." - M.F. Hussain

"She wasn't a typical Bollywood girl even at the height of her popularity. Often, I remember a small scene from Hum Aapke Hain Koun... it is shot by moonlight created in a studio. The way she performs, her total surrender to the camera is what beautiful heroines are about. " - M.F. Hussain

"I dreamed of making a film when I was 15 years old. Then I waited 60 years till Madhuri was born, and it took another 25 years to make a film. I see Madhuri as the essence of Indian womanhood. My paintings were incomplete until I made Gajagamini. With Gajagamini, my paintings became complete." - M.F. Hussain

"Nothing can dim my obsession for Madhuri Dixit. No one has surpassed her grace, her skills, her pure Indianness. " - M.F. Hussain

"It's not that she's the only one in the whole world. But particularly for the big screen, in acting and how she used to play her roles - there, she was the master… a great artist. Certain actresses specialise in different things: tragedy, comedy and so on. But she was a complete actress. In that way, I think Indian cinema has not seen such a complete actress in 100 years." - M.F. Hussain

"Madhuri is the most complete woman, the greatest star we have ever produced, the most amazing replica of Indian womanhood. The moment I saw her, I knew that Gajagamini had to be made. With her in the main role. She is beautiful, of course. But she is an actress of the kind we have never seen. It is her body language that is at the core of her art. Not just her jhatkas, her dhak dhaks. She is wonderful at that too but what I am talking about is much, much more. She has a sensuality that will redefine womanhood forever. Remember that song, Didi tera devar diwana? Remember how she bends down and takes those five steps backwards and bursts into song. I have never seen anything quite like this. It is outrageously sexy and yet almost spiritual in its impact. That is why I begin the film with her breaking out of a canvas of mine and becoming real. The real Indian woman." - M.F. Hussain

"No one compares to her. I have painted Madhuri countless times but I've never shown her full face. I first met Madhuri in 1993 at a film award function. I was sitting between Jaya Bachchan and Parmeshwar Godrej when I was called on stage to present the Best Actress Award. I opened the envelope, I paused because I hadn't seen any of the winner's films, I had closed my ears to her song Ek Do Teen which was blaring from loudspeakers all over the country. I took a deep breath and announced: "The award goes to Madhuri Dixit." I was disappointed because I was quite fixated on Sridevi those days. Then I saw Hum Aapke Hain Koun!, I was converted. I saw the film over 70 times for her dances. She would take five steps back wards and shake her dynamite hips. Since I have never known my mother, I see her also as my Ma..dhuri. A sensible book should be written on Madhuri, her performances have been extraordinary but no critic has done her justice. If no one else writes the book, I will." - M.F. Hussain

"There were a hundred kids who just gate-crashed into the MIG club in Bandra, pestering Madhuri for autographs. I told Madhuri that it was okay for her to leave. She just refused. She said she wasn´t in the least bit harrassed. Marriage has worked wonders for Madhuri. We worked together in Pukar and I noticed a sea-change in her before and after her wedding. She´s completely blissed out now." - Namrata Shirodkar

"You don't make anyone like Madhuri anymore. She is beautiful, superbly talented, and the most stunning dancer we have seen. Only if my name was Nene!" - Nana Patekar

"She possesses certain rare qualities, which our yesterday actresses has in the past. She has combined them in one. She smiles like Madhubala, has inner beauty of Suchitra Sen and acting talent of Nargis." - Naresh Kumar

"My all-time favourite is Madhuri Dixit. She is the hottest-diva to its truest sense." - Nauheed Cyrusi

"No one can dream of taking off Madhuri."- Neetu Chandra

"She is every director's dream and always delivers beyond one's imagination and expectations." - Neetu Chandra

"She was a class apart. The kind of music came in her days is no longer composed in the industry. Songs like 'Choli ke peechhe' and 'Dhak dhak karne lagaa' were amazing. I would have loved to perform on those numbers. I know I can never be Madhuri Dixit, but even if people say I'm 10 percent of her, I would feel my efforts have paid off." - Neetu Chandra

"I used to love Mahduri Dixit. I thought she was fabulous in everything, whatever it was. There was just something about her." - Neha Dhupia

"I give Madhuri Dixit 10 on 10 for being a complete Hindi film actress and want to emulate her. Everything from her acting and dancing skills, comic timing, looks and smile was in order." - Niharika Singh

"Madhuri is the epitome of what dancing should be, and she had definitely inspired my dancing." - Nikkitasha Marwaha

"Madhuri Dixit, Shilpa Shetty and Priyanka Chopra have never thrown tantrums...neither have they shown slightest sign of rudeness. During the shoot of Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, Madhuri had to wear a particular kind of sari for a scene. This was told to me at the last minute. I made the blouse in one helluva rush. This led to a problem in the fitting. Madhuri just smiled and said, "Don't worry...I'll manage." No anger, no tantrums. She pulled the pallu over her shoulder and covered the blouse. The scene is there in the movie. And hence, without a doubt, Madhuri is my favourite client." - Nilufer Qureshi


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The Magic of Madhuri 3

"After Madhuri Dixit. I don't find any actress capable of performing classical dancing flawlessly." - Pandit Birju Maharaj

"When Madhuri wore a swimsuit, she looked graceful because she carried it off well. But when Mallika Sherawat wears one, she doesn't look as good. I'm going the Madhuri way." -Pooja Gandhi

"I loved it when people said Madhuri danced better than me. That means my choreography worked." - Prabhu Deva

"Among the actresses Madhuri Dixit will always be my favourite." - Prabhu Deva

"She is surely an actress every Bollywood filmmaker is waiting to work with." - Prakash Jha

"She´s everyone´s favourite." - Preity Zinta

"It was great working with an icon like Madhuri Dixit." - Preity Zinta

"She has a natural talent for acting and is a very versatile actress. I feel awed by her expressions and dancing. I must confess honestly that many times I do try to emulate Madhuri Dixit in my acting." - Preethi Chandrashekar

"Madhuri Dixit´s aquiline nose and lips...everything about her is stunning!" - Priyanka Chopra
"There are so many actresses associated to Lux. I would pick Madhuri if I had to pick one. If you're associated with Lux then that means you have reached a certain point in stardom". - Priyanka Chopra

"Among actresses Madhuri Dixit is a goddess." - Priyanka Chopra

"I respect Madhuri a lot, and really admire her. Whenever I've met her, I have gone weak in the knees and have become extremely nervous. She is a great actor and one of my favorites." - Priyanka Chopra

"I was speechless when Madhuri Dixit praised my dancing. She is a guiding spirit for me. She hasn't seen me acting, so I don't know how she feels about it, but I feel that her praises made me feel like I was on top of the world." - Ragini Khanna

"Madhuri has become my weakness. There are very few actors, who can surprise me, but she was so brilliant even I was mesmerized." - Raj Kumar Santoshi

"She's an outstanding actress and I'm sure she'll be as fantastic as ever. Having directed her in Pukaar, Lajja, I can say that she works hard to add to her character and film. I would definitely like to work with her again with an appropriate script that does justice to her potential." - Raj Kumar Santoshi

"She is a complete actor. There is a need for actors like her." - Raj N Sippy

"She is a better human being than an actor. And I think that goodnes, which is in her reflects on screen. So I think more than having introduced Madhuri Dixit a star, we are proud to have introduced a very very god human being to the film industry." - Rajat Barjatya

"Madhuri is a wonderful person, very warm and friendly. I´m very friendly with her as a director and as a person. We vibe very well as a director and an actress.She understands me... Madhuri is the nicest person I´ve worked with. Even though she´s a major star, she will never let you feel she´s Madhuri Dixit. If she´s where she is today, it is because of her performances, her professionalism and her nature. She migles around with one and all. She doesn´t see who´s big or small. There are people who are not as half as big as she is, actresses, who are not Madhuri Dixits, even character artistes, who throw tantrums, but never Madhuri.... It can be possible for any man to be attracted to Madhuri any time. She´s a wonderful woman to be attracted to...." - Rajeev Kapoor

"Today everybody is taking credit for her success. But I think the initial credit should go to her. Nobody signs anybody in this industry, unless she has something in her." - Rakesh Nath

"There is tremendous possibility of her making a mark once again since she's still looking very lovely. And let's not forget that she's a competent performer." - Rakesh Roshan

"Madhuri is the most beautiful girl I've worked with. Not only in terms of beauty, but also in behavior n goodness, which is transparent on her face. A very fine actress, she comes from a very respectable family. And now that she is settled, I am very happy for her. I meet her whenever she comes down to India and it always feels very good. I wish her and her family all the best. " - Rakesh Roshan

"She is a brilliant actress and a good human being as well." - Ramesh Powar

"There´s no-one who has come close to her. And more important is that she improves in her performance with every film instead of taking a complacent attitude. Not being a star son or daughter takes its toll on people. You don´t have the right to launch or contacts.... Her flops must have been insignificant film and the number of hits she has, just overshadows. Madhuri definitely has some magic. I pointed that out even as early as the making of Tezaab. I found her to be a peculiar combination of Madhubala and Suchitra Sen with dancing ability that neither of them had. She can carry off the song like Ankhiyan Milaye from Raja, which is a song without situation. So carrying that song just with her dancing ability and looks made it such a crazy that people would just go the the theatre to see the song. I´ve seen people glued to the television just to watch the song. The expression she has when she come down from a car are rarely seen. Only once in a decade you come across a star who has all these abilities - histrionics, looks and rhythm. There was a time when Amitabh Bachchan was related to 1 to 10 and everyone else followed. I think Madhuri is in a similar position. Madhuri is paid one crore today and I think she deserves every penny she gets. Take the movie Mohabbat with the same hero but just take Madhuri out and try out half-a-dozen other heroines in her place. Take the movie to any distributor and see if there are ready to pay the same price. You will get the answer " - Ramesh Sippy

"I fell in love with her when I was six and I watched her do the Ek Do Teen number in Tezaab . I've grown up watching her films. And every time I see her on screen, my heart starts beating dangerously fast!" - Ranbir Kapoor

"I can go on and on and on about Madhuri, because for me and my whole family the world starts and ends with Madhuri Dixi. We just absolutely adore her." - Rani Mukherjee

"When Madhuri used to make a movie, it made a difference to all of us, because there´s nobody like Madhuri. She is the legend." - Rani Mukherjee

"I remember Beta making a huge impact on me. I had gone completely mad about Madhuri after seeing the movie." - Rani Mukherjee

"Madhuri Dixit is the only one who inspires me the way I am on screen." - Rani Mukherjee

"You can´t take your eyes off her when she moves." - Ranvir Shorey

"Every time I was next to her I could feel a tingling all over my body. It was such a thrill to be working with someone as great as Madhuri. For a person who holds such an esteemed position in the industry she exudes an unbelievable down-to-earth vibe, besides having such a humble nature. It's hard not to get star-struck when she's around you." - Ranvir Shorey

"The first day I was to work with Madhuri, I was tingling all over in anticipation. But all that I could muster up to say to her the moment she said hello to me, was a very feeble 'Hi'. Madhuri is such a doll. She has an easy-going personality. And in spite of all that she has achieved, she's got no airs and throws no tantrums, like many other 'stars' do." - Ranvir Shorey

"She is a screen Goddess. One has to work with her to understand her aura." - Ranvir Shorey

"There are so many technically-perfect actors and actresses, but few like him (Govinda) or Madhuri Dixit who enjoy the song and what they are doing - both these artistes seem to literally forget themselves and just melt into the song - and that makes the difference! Performing from the soul shows clearly in the results!" - Rekha

"The first thing that strikes one about Madhuri is the basic person. She has managed to retain her middle-class values, not allowed stardom to affect her. She is among the very few in the film industry I have connected with on a personal level. As an actress, Madhuri is yet to live upto her full potential. No filmmaker has done full justice to her talent." - Rekha

"Have you heard Madhuri Dixit sing? She has an amazing voice," - Rekha

"Madhuri, what can I say about her? The more I say, the more there is. She is beyond doubt one of the finest actress of our time, apart from being a fantastic dancer and extremely beautiful. There's nothing she hasn't done, so to have her with us is just a great experience." - Remo D´Souza

"She is a fabulous actor to work with! She is very professional and at the same time she is very down to earth. She never angers easily. Madhuri is very intelligent and a great person.
In the years gone by I do not think she has changed. I worked with here in 1993 and I met her only a few days back on the set of Aaja Nach Le. The only change I have noticed is that, as a mother, she talks a lot about her kids now. In fact both of us were discussing our kids! We were so friendly during Hum Apke Hai Kaun (HAHK) that though I am not in touch with her, I met her on her on the set because I was shooting near by at Madh Island. Madhuri is a good mimic artist and we used to have a gala time at the end of each day's shooting for HAHK. She is very dedicated. Once she had to do that long dance sequence which contained many steps. She did it once and we told her that it was very beautiful but she still asked them to shoot it again. Then when we saw the second take she had performed even more beautifully than before. This is something that every actor should learn from. Even at this stage she tries to improve herself." - Renuka Shahahe

"She is the Diva of Bollywood. She has an immense dancing style which I think is God gifted to her and a very rare one. It's amazing that even after motherhood she has maintained herself so gracefully. During the days of Hum Aapke Hai Kaun she was very much satisfied with her work and now after marriage there is different kind of glow in her dance which I guess points to the same thing." - Renuka Shahane

"I share a different level of comfort with her. I know if I will do any mistake also she will not scold me or shout at me but will come and explain me nicely. She is a very down to earth person. That is what makes her more special and dear to everyone." - Renuka Shahane

"Everyone knows Madhuri Dixit as a fantastic dancer, but I think she is an extremely versatile actor as well. Her performance in Mrityudand was rivetting." - Richa Chadda

"I have always been a fan of Madhuri. So singing for her is an honour." - Richa Sharma

"What can I say about her? I have been a huge fan of her since I was a kid and used to have a huge crush on her." - Ritesh Deshmunk

"Mujhe lagta hain she is the best and she will always remain the best." - Rituparna Sengupta

"I have worked with Madhuri in the film Pukar. I find her very attractive. She is a good dancer and a very good person to work with. I wish her luck in her life. I have watched her films over the years and she is a thinking actor. Any thinking actor matures with each film she does and Madhuri has matured with her films. She has grown as an actress and come a long way." - Rohini Hattangadi

"I was fascinated by Madhuri after watching her dance to "Ek do teen in 'Tezaab' when I was in school. In fact, it was after watching her in that film that I wanted to become an actress. Madhuri has been my inspiration and I will always be her fan." - Roma Asrani

"Madhuri is my role model and idol." - Rose Dawn

"It´s true that as an actress I admire Madhuri Dixit the most, because suave, ellegant and performs well. I have watched her on silver screen ever since I was in school and especially love the song in her films." - Sachin Tendulkar

"It´s difficult to choose the best (of her performances). I saw every film and thought she couldn´t do better work. And each time she proved us wrong." - Sachin Tendulkar

"She´s tremendous actress and I consider it a pleasure and privilegge to be working with her. She definitely deserves her position of number one." - Saif Ali Khan

"I find Madhuri extremely sensuous, probably the best sensuality Bollywood has seen. She has an astonishing body language and can carry off the most 'risque' steps with that dash of adaa." - Saif Ali Khan

"Dilip (Kumar) sahab loves Audrey Hepburn and Madhuri Dixit. These two have been his favourites." - Saira Banu

"There are only three stars in Bollywood: Madhuri, Madhuri and Madhuri." - Sajid Khan

"Women can surpass men in the humour department. It's just that when it comes to tomfoolery, they might not be very comfortable. But look at the way Sridevi, Madhuri and Juhi carried off humourous roles, they were superb." - Sajid Khan

"I´m very fond of Madhuri. Both as an actress and as a person." - Salman Khan

"When it comes to comparison, I always compare every actress with Madhuri and as a result every actress disappoints." - Salman Khan

"I am scared to know that I am being compared with Madhuri Dixit. She is the epitome of acting and performance." - Sameera Reddy

"Anil is a wonderful actor to work with but Madhuri Dixit is the epitome of acting and performance. I'm frightened that I'm being compared with her. But on the other hand, I'm happy that I'm this close to her." - Sameera Reddy

"She is a fantastic and wonderful actress. She is very professional. On the sets we used to talk about the U.S. as she was staying in Los Angles and I had done my college from the same city. We would always be discussing about city life." - Samir Soni

"I can say for a fact that after Madhuri Dixit there have been very few actresses in tinsel town who can carry off classical styles. Her departure was an end to the whole era." - Sandeep Mahavir

"When I think about Madhuri the first thing which comes to my mind is her gorgeous smile. I think she´s got the most beautiful smile in the world. She´s just one amazing actress and I compare her absolutely with my mum Nargisji, Madhubala.... She´s on that league you know." - Sanjay Dutt

"Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic." - Sanjay Dutt to the question what he thinks about Madhuri as an actress.

"She is a nice person and that´s what is nice about Madhuri. She does not have any airs. She´s in a position where she can afford to throw tantrums, bus he doesn´t. The manner she´s maintained herself in is unbelievable. She is a very simple person and that is what´s wonderful about her." - Sanjay Dutt

"My favourite co-star is Madhuri Dixit. She is one amazing actress, a great dancer, complete actress." - Sanjay Dutt

"My films were never hits during those days and even if Raja was a hit, it was attributed to Madhuri Dixit, just like she got the credit for Beta, Hum Aapke Hai Kaun or Khalnayak." - Sanjay Kapoor

"When I had to shoot with Madhuri for the song "Ankhiya Milaoon Kabhi Ankhiya Churaoon", I was nervo us because I knew Madhuri learns steps in two minutes and I would take two hours to deliver the perfect dance move. I would wake up at 6 in the morning, call the choreographer, rehearse for the shoot for three hours and only then get the shots right. Even Madhuri doesn't know this - I guess I'll have to visit the US to tell her how I was able to dance with her!" - Sanjay Kapoor

"Look at Madhuri´s songs: Ek Do Teen, Mera Piya Ghar Aaya... and what have you? I mean look at those songs and you will go mad completely! And here she was sitting as Chandramukhi in a set that was I think the biggest ever in Indian cinema and the way she performed! Every minute was a dream. The first time she went on the floor and did that Maar Daala step I whistled and I clapped and it was completely an excercise of expressions. Look at those change-overs within a shot, within a shot, every Maar Daala is different, every moment is different and I was completely in awe of that performance and I wished I could keep shooting that song for another year, because you never get tired of watching her dance." - Sanjay Leela Bhansali

"Be it the character of the femme fatale or a prostitute, only Madhuri can combine that wistful tragic look. Hers is a blend of a flawless face and fine acting." - Sanjay Leela Bhansali

"I have never seen a better actress than Madhuri. She is showbiz personified. No one has ever been able to replace her as an actress." - Sanjay Leela Bhansali

"She is a wonderfully graceful dancer and never looks unbecoming, no matter how cheap the movements are." - Sanjay Leela Bhansali

"I´ve been in awe of her for as long as I can remember." - Sanjay Leela Bhansali

"Madhuri is a kind of dancer who looks fantastic no matter what she does and how she moves! She puts her heart and soul in her dancing. Out of the many actors who I have choreographed, she is the only one with whom I can experiment. I have given her so many weird dance steps but she still did it with ease!" - Saroj Khan

"It's her expression, that's the show stealer. However tough the steps might be, she doesn't let go of the perfect expression." - Saroj Khan

"I don't think I'll ever find another Madhuri. She's in her own league. Nowadays, actresses make a face at rehearsal, but Madhuri would go that extra mile." - Saroj Khan

"When we were doing the take for the song (Chane Ke Khet Mein) which involved Madhuri dancing around Deepak Tijori, with Dholak in his hands, in a single sequence.. there were 15 retakes and shot was not getting completed. In the end Madhuri got a bit frustrated , tired rather, and went into her van. We all were waiting outside expecting response from her like "lets pack up" or "let me rehearse today and will do it tommorow" or "let´s split the sequence in two halfs" or "give me some easy steps" etc. But this girl, Madhuri, comes out looking all fresh and says lets do it and the shot got OK in first take. That´s her. Trying her best to not let others (co-actors dates, director's time, producer's money, her guruji's effots) down." - Saroj Khan


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The Magic of Madhuri 4

"When I first saw Madhuri Dixit in Maar Dala, I went mad." - Sarvinoz Baltabaeva

"I would love to dance with Madhuri Dixit, I find her very gorgeous." - Sikander Kher

"I am a huge Madhuri Dixit fan and can't wait to see her on screen again. She is the evergreen beauty of Indian cinema. She is still so beautiful and glamorous, I just can't take my eyes off her." - Sikander Kher

"Art cinema can be revived only by someone like Madhuri." - Shabana Amzi

"Madhuri Dixit has always been a favourite. She was someone who in her era when it was all about the men when she stood her ground like nobody else has been. She to me is the quintessential and the best example of a commercial Bollywood actress. She had the right balance of realism and adha, the dancing, and everything. She was the right package. " - Shahana Goswami

"There wouldn't be any mobile phones those days, so I'd get a lot of time to flirt with all the heroines. I would flirt with all of them... and much more with Madhuri." - Shahid Kapoor

"Well I have been a fan of Madhuri Dixit, she was fantastic. She is whose performance I really like." - Shahid Kapoor

"The most important aspect of my film (Suryamukhi) is the relationship between the model and artist, which is platonic. And it is only if I get extreme shades of performance from the model that I can do justice to the quality of Ravi Varma's paintings. Whether it is Saraswathi, Lakshmi, Damayanthi or Shakuntala, there is expression in the stillness and silence of the paintings. To get expressions in silence, you need a very good artiste, which is why I thought of Madhuri Dixit." - Shaji N. Karun

"Madhuri Dixit is the most solid man I´ve met in the industry.Yeah, you heard right. She´s truly like a man. She´s the most solid thinker, solid emotionally, solid believer. And someone who loves her parents immensely. And of course, her talent is unquestionable. She´s the complete Indian film heroine. She´d always help me with my dancing. I´d always dance a step behind her so I could follow her. Like in Koyla I would tell her just be half a step ahead of me, so it´ll be easy for me. And she´d oblige. I hope she comes back. I miss her. I miss seeing her more than I miss working with her. To me Madhuri is the epitome of acting, of love and friendship. She is closes to my heart. And from her I´ve learnt the most. She is the only one I feel I´m not as good as." - Shahrukh Khan

"I think you decrease the importance of Madhuri if you call her Madhuri the Dancer. I think Madhuri is a complete actor. And I can never ever think of Madhuri just as a dancer, though all the dances I´ve ever done with Madhuri she helped me immensely. I´m pathetic and she was really you know.... in one or two films she´s held my hands, when it seemed I´m leading her she´s actually leading me. You know, when I came into the industry she was a superstar, agreed to work with me, taught me a lot of stuff and I think Madhuri is one of the most complete actors Indian cinema has ever seen." - Shahrukh Khan

"For me Madhuri is the strongest man I´ve ever met. She´s very very strong-willed, she´s a fantastic actor, very very professional and when I worked with her first time I learned that there is greatness in giving." - Shahrukh Khan

"She is the most beautiful. One of the actors I have learnt a lot from. Madhuri´s always been there because she is in the heart. And I can´ comment on her dancing, she taught me, saved me from bad dancing." - Shahrukh Khan

"You know I´m very close to Madhuri.... I have a lot of warm feelings towards her. Many a time I´ve said this, that she has shown me so many times how to dance, helped me with my scenes, hid me behind her if my dance steps were wrong like in Dil To Pagal Hai." - Shahrukh Khan

"A superstar like Madhuri is always in our hearts, in our minds. Yes, she felt she needed time to get married, have children, lose weight. Now she's back. I met her about seven months ago when I was shooting Chak De, and we spent a long time together. I didn't even feel she'd gone anywhere." - Shahrukh Khan

"For Madhuri and Juhi, I do think of them as someone, if they tell me something, I would do it." - Shahrukh Khan

"I can't think of comparing myself with Govinda, Salman, Jackie, Anil, Sridevi, Madhuri and Juhi." - Shahrukh Khan

"Among the actresses there's Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Kajol - I think these are people one should act with to be able to know where they stand." - Shahrukh Khan

"She is absolutely the most beautiful sight in the world when she dances." - Shahrukh Khan

"I have no double thoughts when I say that the counting for the good and talented stops when I say 'Ek do teen'. I would love to team up with Madhuri again or at least want her to make a guest appearance in my film in the years ahead... I just love her completely, she is my darling. I am fond of her deadly smile and beauty."- Shahrukh Khan

"She has the expression of classic tragic passion. She has the ability to portray a woman completely and entirely in love." - Shekhar Kapur

"Madhuri is a very, how do you say... I have always liked her, from day one. I find her - besides being such a fabulous looker and all that - a very lovely, simple girl. Simple, simple girl, you know, the one you can take home to your mother kind. It's a fact. Because I was observing her on all the days of the shoot. God, she is so humble and so down-to-earth. And besides discussing dance we discussed all interesting topics, like life-after-death, UFOs, all of which she also believes in. Her parents too. I was really fascinated with her, and I enjoyed working with her a lot. A very talented and very professional girl. And her expressions are amazing." - Shiamak Davar

"Madhuri is all grace and she cannot be compared with anyone." - Shiamak Davar

"Oh boy, Madhuri was not only a fab student, but she's a mind-blowing human being as well." - Shiamak Davar

"I find Madhuri a better dancer (then Karishma) by leaps and bounds because she has a classic style, whereas Karishma has a a bubbly teenage girl style. But I'm always a person who prefers classics to modern day stuff. I also found Madhuri very humble and one of the most wonderful people to work with. So I'm probably biased in her favour. And, frankly, I find her unbelievably gorgeous. If I give Madhuri a movement to do she does it like a woman, and if I give the same movement to Karishma, she does it like a little girl. That's the difference." - Shiamak Davar

"I am a fan of Madhuri Dixit. After watching her films, I would come home and imitate her." - Shika

"What would I do in a film where Madhuri takes the cake? In fact she even beat Salman hollow in Dil Tera Ashiq."- Shilpa Shrirodhkar

"Madhuri is a typical middle class Marathi girl. She has no ego hassles or attitude issues. She is very down to earth just like her parents. I remember Madhuri would be accompanied by one of her parents every time during the shooting of Pukar. Once there was an awards function in Mumbai and I was shooting in Ooty. She took the trouble to call me personally and give me an invitation for me and my family." - Shivaji Satam

"I always wanted to sing for Kajol and Madhuri. Both of them bring life to their characters and I am a big fan of theirs. For Madhuri, I have just sung one verse Chalak Chalak and I want to sing a full-fledged song for her." - Shreya Ghoshal

"My all-time favourite has always been Madhuri Dixit. The kind of talent and spontaneity Madhuri has is simply great. And she is also beautiful." - Shreyas Talpade

"I'm in love with Madhuri . However i can't be her leading man in a movie. It has more to do with screen age. I can play even her servant." - Shreyas Talpade

"I have always liked Madhuri Dixit. She is good looking and carries herself very well. Especially in her movie, 'Sailaab', she looked her best while dancing to the tune of 'Hum ko aajkal hai intezaar' - Shreyas Talpade

"Sarees are tough attire, how the heel do heroines dance and fight in it? Madhuri Dixit, you rock!" - Shruti Hasaan

"In a lavish dance sequence (Dola Re), where Bhansali pits Madhuri against the much younger Aishwarya, you can see the latter has the slimmer waist, but the former´s moves, which come from within, put her all the way up there with the dancing greats. You can see that she is not just following the choreographer´s directions which can turn dance numbers into mere callisthenic exercises, she is in the moment, going with the flow, with all her being." - Shubhra Gupta

"I loved watching Madhuri Dixit at work; I was in awe of her. She is a perfect dancer and actress and very hardworking. She was a big influence on me after Dil." - Shweta Kumar

"One of my favorites...is the sensational and poised Madhuri Dixit! The very mention of her name gets your minds racing with her dance numbers and graceful performances, not to forget that high voltage smile! From her 'Ek Do Teen' to 'Mera Piya Ghar Aaya' jumpy numbers, I have tried to copy her every step and bend to duplicate that effortless polish of hers but like the world knows-Madhuri Dixit is the one and only in our film industry. The charm and beauty she exudes is inexplicable and even a thousand words wouldn't do justice to her... She was and continues to be my idol and I don't aspire to be her but she does inspire me to be that lovely, refined Indian woman she is.... I was lucky enough to bump into her once a long time ago at a clinic but very obviously it was a very limited, formal and courteous exchange of greetings. Yes, I did feel that rage of excitement and scream out loud on seeing my idol in front of me, in person, just centimeters distant from me!... There have been a few instances when during shoots or dance sequences and performances, I have been complimented to remind people of Madhuri Dixit. And that makes my day ." - Shweta Tiwari

"I think, somehow, Madhuri Dixit became a part of our Indian culture." - Simi Garewal

''It is a crime if an actress like Madhuri does not make a comeback. I am a big fan of Madhuri Dixit and feel that she should always be there in the movies. However, I do not think I am ever in the same category.'' - Sonali Bendre

"Madhuri Dixit and my dad! They had such amazing, sizzling chemistry! I loved them in 'Tezaab', 'Beta' and 'Ram Lakhan'." - Sonam Kapoor to the question who was the best Bollywood pair

"My role model is Madhuri Dixit." - Sonia Agarwal

"Madhuri is the best thing to have happened to the industry." - Sonu Walia

"Madhuri is par excellence." - Sridevi

"My favourite heroine was, is and always will be Madhuri." - Subhash Ghai

"Madhuri has the willingness to learn, which is something I have not seen in any other artist which I have worked with!" - Subhash Ghai

"Madhuri doesn't copy Madhubala but she does have the same abilities the same dramatic flair and sense of comic timing. Both have this ability to spoof themselves and both seem approachable but someone who cannot be possessed." - Sudhir Mishra

"Madhuri is beautiful. I had only one opportunity to shoot her. We started at nine in the morning and wound up around 7 p.m. I had perhaps for this shoot like a student appearing for his final exams. I had discussed the kind of make-up I wanted to give her with the make artist weeks before. Even the clothes were finalised well in advance. She slipped in and out of costumes hour after hour with not even a momentary expression of fatigue or restlessness crossing her face. I was amazed when at the end of one of my busiest and longest days a still - ravishing Madhuri asked me if we could continue the shoot next day." - Sumeet Chopra

"Madhuri Dixit is undoubtedly the prettiest woman I´ve ever seen." - Sushant Singh

"Who am I? I am nothing. Madhuri Dixit is beautiful, not me." - Sushmita Sen

"One of my favourite actresses. She has a million dollar smile which drives one crazy. " - Tarun Mansukhati

"My all time favourite has been Madhuri Dixit." - Terrence Lewis

"Perhaps the most powerfull actress ever, her producers could ensure that a film would do well just because of her name. Such was the power of Madhuri Dixit. Hum Aapke hain Kaun is one of the biggest Bollywood hits ever.... Madhuri was the heartbeat of that film....." - Tillakaratne Dilshan

"A special chemistry that Madhubala and Madhuri possessed that transcends talent. It was as though there was no camera and they communicated directly with the audience.'' - Uday Kaushik

"She personifies grace, she personifies beauty, she personifies sensuality in a subtle manner..... When you show her what to do you can be sure she´ll do it 100 times better than what you´ve shown her." - Vaibhavi Merchant

"She embodies everything a woman should be." - Vaibhavi Merchant

"She´s that kind of person who can carry off the whole dance sequence with only expressing. She needs not dance, she should just snad she should just express herself and voila!" - Vaibhavi Merchant

"I think she´s been the most graceful, the most ellegant, the most poised Indian actress you can ever think of." - Vaishali Desai

"Madhuri Dixit is too good. I want to dance just like her." - Vaishnavi Patil

"Talent is not age specific. Madhuri is a luminous talent and like a good single malt, she has only gotten better with age. If I did think of a project for her it would have to be something that does justice to her many skills. Something that pushes her into new areas while building on the immense love she already has with her audience." - Vidhu Vinod Chopra

"I loved Madhuri Dixit in Devdas. I´m a huge fan of hers. If I can conduct my career with half her dignity and grace I´d have achieved more than what I had thought." - Vidya Balan

"Being nominated is a not a great achievement but being nominated with a persona like Madhuri Dixit is a real achievement for me!" - Vidya Balan

"Her charm is something else! She is the youngest legend of our industry if I can call her that.... She is not only beautiful but is very humble." - Vidya Balan

"Madhuri Dixit. She is beautiful and talented. I never thought I'd be an actor, but she inspired me." - Vidya Malvade

"Take any film of Madhuri Dixit and you´ll see, that it doesn´t matter if the film is a winner or not - Madhuri Dixit is always the hero of the movie." - Vikram Phadnis

"There are actresses and there are actresses. And then there is Madhuri Dixit." - Vikram Phadnis

"Madhuri Dixit is the best ever." - Vinay Pathak

"There is only one word to describe her - fantastic! - Vinay Pathak

"Madhuri Dixit is a dream yet so human." - Vinay Pathak

"She is a damn good actress!" - Vinod Chopra

"Recently, I met Madhuri, Mrs Nene. I was working at Yashraj and I saw her there and I just couldn't speak. I have worked with stalwarts and very big actors and I have never been so tongue-tied in my life. I think I am very articulate. So I made up my mind to go and talk. Then someone knocked on my door and it was someone from her staff saying she'd like to say hello. I said I would love to and I went to her room to say hello and I was tongue-tied all over again. That was one woman who captivated me all my childhood and my teenage years till I was a man. And no one in my generation matches her: that beauty, the dazzling smile, the expressive eyes, the performances that she ripped out one after the other. I have loved Beta, Raja, Tezaab, even Ram Lakhan in which she doesn't have too much of a role but I used to go to see it just to watch her. I loved her." - Vivek Oberoi

"Madhuri is a perfect combination of acting, dance, expression and talent among all others." - Vyjantimala

"Madhuri Dixit is a wonderful dancer, wonderfuly beautiful and a wonderful actress." - Waheeda Rehman

"One word for Madhuri-ji would be Goddess." - Yana Gupta

"She is the most wonderful human being. Everybody knows that she is a wonderful actress, add to that people have been complementing her performances all over the years. Of course she is a wonderful artiste, she is a wonderful human being, the most hassle free artiste." - Yash Chopra

"I still remember the day when this young girl walked into my office for work and I told her to leave her photographs. Despite the disappointment the smile never faded from her face, this was Madhuri Dixit. " - Yash Chopra

"It is amazing how she has taken up the challenge. I saw her yesterday and believe me she was looking much better and more beautiful than she looked when she was doing 'Dil To Pagal Hai' with me which was more than ten years ago. No one can say she is a married woman now and a mother of two boys. I am also amazed to see the seriousness with which she has decided to start work again." - Yash Chopra

"I have never seen her cribbing about anything or shirk any responsibility. I always knew that the industry will call her back and I am happy that she is making a comeback... She is the queen of Bollywood and always be so. Over the years, Madhuri has turned out to be a fantastic actress, a graceful dancer and a dedicated mother. This is one woman to get inspired from. " - Yash Chopra

"I so want to be like her, but I can't dance like her…unfortunately." - Yashashree Masurkar

"Everybody knows this answer and it is none other than Madhuri Dixit and I saw her for the first time on the sets of Jhalak when she shot for her initial dance sequence. It was like a dream come true for me where she was dancing for her tracks in front of me, but I didn't get a chance to interact with her." - Yashashree Masurkar (to the question who is her role model)

"I think Madhuri Dixit has one of the most beautiful faces. I´d certainly like to date her if she´s willing." - Yasin Merchant


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The Finest Performance Of A Bollywood Actress During 2000-2010


10) Priyanka Chopra – Aitraaz (2004)

Being a femme-fatale could be extremely liberating and powerful; however, it has its downside too, that is what Priyanka character (Sonia) has shown us. This could be an extremely difficult role for any actress and Priyanka pulls it off with extreme elan. Look at her slow, confident, earnest walk; look at her wry smile which could make any man week on his knees; look at the way she speaks in that slow, seductive tone; look at her ‘would you able to survive my heat?’ gaze; well, Priyanka redefines the femme-fatale and gives us a performance which none of us can forget for a long time. Well, her character depicted the changing times where women put their career before anything. Could a woman attempt rape on a man? Well, not too many could believe this but she did and she’s not the first women to do it, either. May be Sonia needed a little balance; and little sense too. Priyanka was living the character from the first scene to the last; and she deserves huge round of applause!

09) Kalki Koechlin – Dev D (2009)

There is something extremely endearing and fascinating about the character Chandramukhi (here it is Chanda), isn’t it? Are we fascinated by the idea of a prostitute with a golden heart? May be we are, but above all, what makes this performance so touching is the fact that Chanda is extremely lovable; her numb face draws us to her instantly. We end up asking “Hey, why are you so sad today, put on that amazing smile”. Being an innocent school girl, she only knew that she did nothing wrong with her classmate for the whole world to point their fingers at her and corner her. That MMS shook her world completely and she still was wondering what the problem with the world around her was. She became a prostitute by choice (well, nothing else was left for her, but it wasn’t forced on her, either). She became this prostitute who goes to college. Did she complain? Did she blame the world? Nope, she was quite calm and numb mostly; and she never realized that there is this beautiful heart of hers was slowly transforming into gold. Her face has the right amount of innocence and calmness. It’s a pleasure to see her in that phone sex scene where she speaks to different clients in different languages and the scene where she asks Abhay whether Paro was beautiful. You have got to see her expression when he answered that question. Can any other performance be more beautiful than this?

08 ) Kangna Ranaut – Fashion (2008 )

Madhur Bhandarkar, known for his hard-hitting realistic films, got the seed of Fashion when he came across the news item on the tragedy of famous model Gitanjali Nagpal, where she was found on the road begging. What does the high glamour of fashion industry do to those wannabes who have stars in their eyes? Is it a road to destruction? Not necessarily, but the movie warns us that you have got to be your own guard in this chaotic wonderland. Shonali Gujral’s (Kangna’s Character) part was difficult role for sure and someone with an average talent would never have conveyed the inner chaos and turmoil of Shonali. I have never seen a better performance where the body language was used to its maximum potential. Shonali doesn’t have too many dialogues as she is constantly on drugs, cigarettes and drinks. She is this dysfunctional super diva who is also the epitome of arrogance. Her arrogance and attitude come across in the way she walks the ramp or even when she smokes a cigarette. Wow, the perfect body language! And it’s a pleasure looking at her I-care-damn-about-the-world demeanor! At times we wonder, has Kangna lost in the character while playing the role? Well, we can see the traces of a powerhouse talent in her which is still not tapped by anybody. Above all, her National Award was one of the most deserving National Awards in the recent times!

07) Kajol – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)

You must be wondering what Kajol’s over-the-top Punjabi kudi Anjali doing on the critics list. Well, let me remind you, ‘Man, it’s Kajol, who doesn’t need an off-beat movie to show how talented she is’! That is the biggest achievement of Kajol as an actress; she doesn’t need to count her off-beat movies to show-off her talent, as she could be the best in anything she does. Last week she deservedly won the Padma Shree and she had already won the millions of hearts years ago. Well, comedy is one of the most difficult things to pull off (all the great actors will instantly agree to this) and it’s no mean feat to be this over the top chatter box. The biggest success of her role is that she remains in the character from start to end, luckily Karan never tried to change a thing about her to make her look demure and intelligent. She is this carefree girl who is full of heart and laughter. Above all, Kajol’s comic timing is impeccable and it’s a treat to watch her antics. Only a Madhuri or Kajol command such an effect on the audience and nobody wonders why!!

06) Urmila Matondkar – Ek Hasina Thi (2003)

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned! That’s exactly what Sarika (Urmila’s character) taught us! I remember reading one of the news items in which a woman killed her abusive husband by cutting his body in to hundreds of pieces. According to the news, she silently suffered the humiliation, rape and physical abuse for several years until a point where she couldn’t hold any longer. Well, then she turned in to a tigress and the suppressed anger made her do one of the most brutal murders ever! Well, coming to our own tigress, a travel agent, un-assuming Sarika has been cheated by a businessman called Karan Rathod (Saif Ali Khan). She’s been trapped by Karan pretending to be her lover and he also make sure that she gets a 7 years jail term; what did she do exactly for this? She jailbreaks and becomes this cold blooded, calculated, crazy avenger. There is fire in her eyes; there is death in her eyes; beware, that’s all we can say. Amazing could be an understatement to describe Urmila’s powerhouse performance. One of the finest female portrayals in the last decade and Sriram Raghavan deserves all the praise for creating this amazing character!

05)Kareena Kapoor – Jab We Met (2007)

Here comes the most loved and cherished performance of the decade! Geet- She’s a chatterbox, She’s feisty, she’s lively, she’s fun, she’s over-the-top, she’s sweet, she’s stupid, she’s hopelessly-romantic, she’s full-of-heart, she’s innocent, she’s naughty and above all she is so lovable, so much so that we take her home with us. It was ingenious of Imtiaz Ali to create a character as vivacious as Geet. She went on to became another Simran(Kajol’s character in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge) of 2000s. It was extremely unfortunate that Jab We Met released at the time when the leading pair Shahid and Kareena were breaking up in real life. It was the time when their pairing was recognized for the first time for their intense chemistry, so ironic, isn’t it? Well, Kareena ended up sweeping all the awards that year and became a top league actress in terms of box office success as well. There was no looking back for Kareena since then and people are still talking about her Geet; what else could an actress want in her life?

04) Rani Mukherjee – Black (2005)

Despite being deaf and blind Helen Keller lived a life which was nothing less than epic. She was the first deaf-blind person to achieve a bachelor degree in arts. When Sanjay Leela Bhansali decided to make a movie on her life, every actress would have given their right hand to bag this plum project. Finally it landed on Rani’s lap and she came out like a real queen with her towering performance. It would have been hell of a task to be that character and Rani’s efforts come across. Right from her fixed gaze to the unsure walk with that blind stick, she’s done it amazingly. The scene where she kisses Amitabh is one of the most beautiful cinematic moments in the history of Bollywood and Rani carried every scene with a Midas touch. Speechless would be the right word to describe her performance!

03) Kareena Kapoor – Chameli (2004)

Chameli : The prostitute with a golden heart. She dons bright colored cheap dresses and unapologetic about being a prostitute in the Mumbai red streets. Though not excited being a prostitute she has no complaints being one and doesn’t expect her prince charming to come and rescue her, like in the Bollywood movies revolving around prostitutes. She is a fighter and knows how to laugh at the very face of life. One rainy night, an unhappy and confused businessman, Aman Kapoor (Rahul Bose) meets Chameli at the bus stop where he is stranded due to the heavy rain. He is uncomfortable and irritated in her presence where she tries to mock and provoke him. At this moment, he doesn’t have any idea that he was taken in for an unforgettable ride with Chameli all through that night. He finds out later that beneath that sarcastic, tough face there is this beautiful girl who is irresistibly charming. Kareena gives everything she has to Chameli to make her one of the most stunning women ever on Bollywood celluloid. He realizes that somewhere he forgot to laugh at himself and begins to see life in a whole new color. There is an amazing actress in Kareena somewhere and there are times when it appears off guard and Chameli is one such moment! Poetic is one word to describe her performance!

02) Tabu – Maqbool (2004)

We wonder if Tabu ever realizes how good an actress she is! If acting is something which is bestowed upon you by god, then god must have been very kind to Tabu. After winning 2 national awards nobody needs to be told how talented she is. Lady Macbeth is one of the most complex and fascinating characters of Shakespeare and not everyone can even dream of playing this character; yes, of course, Tabu can! Maqbool is undoubtedly one of the best works of Vishal Bharadwaj yet and we must add that Vishal was extremely lucky to have Tabu playing this multi-layered, complex character. Nimmi is married to the old yet powerful Mumbai underworld don Abba Ji (Pankaj Kapoor) and at the same time she is in love with Maqbool who is young and Abba Ji’s right hand. This extra marital affair leads her to face a far darker side of her as she is tempted to force Maqbool to kill Abba Ji and take over the throne. Was she an outright bad woman? No, she wasn’t, but she had no control of this side of her which veered towards the dark arena and it was too late for her to control the tragedy which followed. Well, you have got to see her face and body language convey extreme emotions such as love, cruelty, guilt, fear and despair. Someone with an average talent can’t even imagine handling these many extreme complex emotions. It’s amazing to see how she deals with the guilt, especially, well; we would say Vishal was the luckiest man in the world to have Tabu to play his Nimmi.

01) Madhuri Dixit In Devdas (2002)

If there is one actress who deserves to be called a ‘complete actress’ then it must be none other than Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri Dixit is referred to as a complete actress for the reason that she’ breathtakingly beautiful, unbelievable dancer, versatile, extremely graceful, delightfully feminine and above all she holds an aura which not too many Bollywood actresses could ever claim to have. When she flashes her million dollar smile she could make the whole nation week on its knees. She was a true blue female superstar in every sense. Much like Kajol, she doesn’t need an off-beat movie to display her histrionics; she is simply brilliant the moment she appears on the screen. Coming to Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Chandramukhi, the courtesan with a golden heart, nobody else could have played the role of Chandramukhi as beautifully as Madhuri; as if it was written for her! Also, Chandramukhi was the only role which could do justice to her talent, finally! She’s this seductress courtesan who fell in love with the only man she ever came across, well, Devdas was lot different from the men she had seen till that day. She realized that she possess a heart behind that thick veil, which longs for nothing but the acknowledgement of the man she worships at her heart. Well, look at the song, “Kahe Chched Mohe..” and the beautiful expressions flashes through that beautiful face which resembles moon. She irritates Shahrukh Khan by throwing her veil at him and finally he catches that with an angry face, voila! You should see her sudden reaction to that. Madhuri stands for beauty, perfection and grace and an actress of her caliber is yet to take birth!


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Madhuri – an entire nation’s favourite dancer

Our Dhak Dhak girl is our favourite all time dancer in Bollywood films. Ever since she stole our hearts with her dance in Tezaab – her film when she danced to” Ek Do Teen “ till today when she is giving the competitors in Jhalak Dikhla Jaa a glimpse of her immense talent, we have been charmed by this lovely lady. It is not easy to choose her top ten dance performances, but here are our favourites among her films.

Ek Do Teen in Tezaab (1989)

She stormed into the Indian screens with a bravura performance in this film. But the highlight of the film was her dance to this song. A mixture of Western and Indian dance moves, she made all of us sit up and take notice, and choreographer Saroj Khan told us that a new dancing star had arrived.

Dhak Dhak – Beta (1993)

This is how she got the title of the Dhak Dhak girl – this song just designated her with this name. Anil Kapoor did not have a chance after she swayed in front of him to this song. Sensual and sexy – she made sure that none of us forget what a great dancer she is.

Choli Ke Peeche – Khalnayak (1994)

Who else but Madhuri could have made a fairly raunchy song into a thing of beauty? Sanjay Dutt was mesmerized and we were fascinated by her grace and her raw charm. The words were full of innuendos and her moves matched them and they carried us to a world of intrigue and double meanings.

Mera Piya Ghar Aaya – Yaarana – 1995

The next year we saw another great song and of course the million dollar smile was back on the screen with Mera Piya Ghar Aaya. She embodied the joy of every girl when her lover walks into her house, and effortlessly she expressed the joy with her movements.

Didi Tera Devar Deewana – Hum Aapke Hain Kaun ( 1995)

Many believe this was her best dance – but then it is a matter of personal opinion. Dressed in an unforgettable purple saree, she mocked Salman Khan with simple dance movements and immense grace and elegance. If you watch this song – you will realise that it has no complicated dance manoeuvres, yet it looked good and classy.

Dil To Pagal Hai – (1998)

Which dance do we choose from this film? The Dance of Envy – performed with Karishma Kapoor, to no words, only music, or the dance that she performs while she thinks no one is watching, in Shahrukh Khan’s den? Or do we choose her dance in the rain to the song “Koi Ladki Hai”. Shiamak Davar did an excellent job choreographing this film and he had an apt pupil in Madhuri.

Key Sara Sara – Pukar (2001)

Dancing with one of India’s top choreographers – Prabhudeva, here was a dance which totally Western in it’s movements. She picked it up as a challenge and matched him step to step. It was a totally different dance form for her – yet once again she showed us that she is superb.

Maar Dala – Devdas -(2003)

Madhuri is a trained Kathak dancer and in this song from the film Devdas she was very clearly the classical dancer. In a gorgeous lehnga, which must have weighed a ton, she not only managed to look beautiful but also graceful and superbly elegant. There are few dance numbers in any film which can match the refinement of this dance.

Dola Re – Devdas (2003)

Two of Bollywood’s most beautiful women gave us a dancing duet which shall remain a part of our memories for decades to come. They swayed and swirled in tandem, and they gave us glimpses of grandeur and polish, and such beautiful dance movements, even today many believe that it is probably the most charming and graceful dance performed by two leading ladies in any film.

Aaja Nachle – Aaja Nachle (2008)

This was meant to be her comeback vehicle, after many years of an absence in films. The film did not do well at the box office, yet she once again proved that no one can match her with the dance, Aaja Nachle. A shimmering midnight blue outfit, eyes which could light up an entire film, and elegant dancing, suddenly we were mesmerized once again.

Today she is judging the new dancers at a reality show and occasionally she will get up and give them a whiff of what dancing really is. She is still beautiful, and even after two children and the humdrum of a mother and housewife’s life, she can still light up the small screen with her moves and her infectious smile.


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my favorite song - Dola Re – Devdas bounce

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Madhuri Dixit – Bollywood’s Best Actress, Ever!!!

Everyone knows Madhuri Dixit for her universally contagious mega smile, her frizzy hair and soft looks.She was the all time quintessential Bollywood queen and possibly the “first female superstar” of Bollywood.
She ruled the industry and the nation, armed with her dancing skills and Indian looks. People would que up for tickets for movies lacking mainline heroes to see her. She made dancing and singing significant and watchable in Hindi movies of nineties.

Madhuri braved possibly the worst fashion fiascos through her career and yet emerged on top — a staggering achievement considering those 80s polka-dotted frocks. She’s turned barefoot artists into filmmakers, young Khans into romantic heroes, wasted scripts into eminently watchable films, cornball farce into classic comedy, melodrama into mellow.
Often described as the epitome of grace, Madhuri Dixit is arguably the greatest actress ever to grace the silver screen in India.

Madhuri Dixit is a native of Mumbai, India. She was born as Madhuri Shankar Dixit to Shankar and Snehlata Dixit, of a Marathi Chitpavan Brahmin family. Dixit attended Parle College and wanted to be a micro-biologist. She is trained in Kathak for over eight years.

Madhuri Dixit made her acting debut in Abodh(1984). After a few minor and supporting roles, she landed the lead female role in Tezaab(1988), which shot her to stardom, and for which she received her first Filmfare nomination. She then starred in a number of hits that included Ram Lakhan (1989), Parinda (1989), Tridev (1989), and Kishen Kanhaiya (1990).

In 1990, Dixit starred in Indra Kumar‘s romantic-drama Dil, alongside Aamir Khan. She played the role of Madhu Mehra, a rich and spoiled young girl who falls in love with Raja, played by Khan, and later leaves her house in order to marry him. The film became one of the biggest box-office hits of the year in India, and Dixit’s performance earned her the first Filmfare Best Actress Award of her career.

She followed Dil with another line of hits, including Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993), Hum Aapke Hain Kaun! (1994), and Raja (1995). Dixit’s performance in Beta, that of a woman married to an illiterate, well-meaning man who exposes her scheming mother-in-law, won her a second Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Hum Aapke Hain Kaun! became one of the biggest grossers ever in the history of Hindi cinema. It went on to collect over Rs. 650 million in India and over Rs. 150 million overseas, and won Dixit her third Filmfare Best Actress Award. In that same year, Dixit was also nominated in the same category for her performance in Anjaam, which won her critical acclaim.

After two unsuccessful years, Dixit hit the bull’s eye again with Yash Chopra‘s Dil To Pagal Hai (1997). The film was a major national success, both critically and commercially, and Dixit won her fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award.

In that same year, Dixit starred in Prakash Jha‘s critically acclaimed Mrityudand. The film was known for straddling the boundary between a commercial and an art film. It won the Best Feature Film award at the Cinéma Tout Ecran in Geneva and the Bangkok Film Festival.

Dixit is immensly acclaimed and adored for her dance sequences in famous Bollywood songs such as Ek Do Teen (from Tezaab), Bada Dukh Deenha (from Ram Lakhan), Dhak Dhak (from Beta), Chane Ke Khet Mein (from Anjaam), Choli Ke Peechhe (from Khalnayak), Akhiyan Milaun (from Raja), Piya Ghar Aya (from Yaarana), Key Sera (from Pukar), Maar Daala (from Devdas).

In 2002, she starred in Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Devdas with Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai. Her performance was applauded and earned her a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award. The film attracted worldwide attention and was featured at the Cannes Film Festival.

The following year a film named after her, Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon!, was released in which a woman (played by Antara Mali) aspires to become the new Madhuri Dixit by trying her luck in the Bollywood industry.

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.

Madhuri Dixit has been the muse for the famous Indian painter M.F. Husain who considers her the epitome of womanhood. Hence he made a film named Gaja Gamini (2000) in which Madhuri acted. The film was intended as a tribute to Ms. Dixit herself. In this film she can be seen portraying various forms and manifestations of womanhood including the muse of Kalidasa, Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, a rebel, and an incarnation of musical euphoria.

In 1999, she married Sriram Madhav Nene, an Indian doctor who resides in USA. A UCLA-trained cardiovascular surgeon who practices in Denver, Nene is also from a Marathi Konkanastha Brahmin family. She has two sons, Arin (born in March 2003 in Colorado) and Ryan (born on March 8, 2005 in Colorado).

On December 7, 2006, Dixit returned to Mumbai along with her husband and sons to start filming for Aaja Nachle (2007).The film released in November 2007 and despite the critics panning it, Dixit’s performance was well received, with the New York Times commenting about her that “she’s still got it”.Of course the filmmakers can’t erase Ms. Dixit’s considerable sex appeal. To do that they would have to keep her away from dancing. In doing so, Ms. Dixit reminds us that whatever “it” is, she’s still got it. Now stories will have to be found that can show it off.

From danseuse to dunce, from dreamy to droll, from Dayavan to dhak-dhak to Aaja Nachle — not just did she excel, she ruled over the nation with absolute power.


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