Madhuri Dixit (born 15 May 1967), also known by her married name Madhuri Dixit Nene, is an Indian actress, producer, and television personality. One of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, she has been praised by critics for her acting and dancing skills. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Filmfare Awards. In 2008, the Government of India awarded her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.
After making her acting debut in the 1984 drama Abodh, Dixit had her first commercial success with the 1988 action romance Tezaab. She went on to establish herself as a leading actress of Bollywood by starring in several top-grossing productions, including Ram Lakhan (1989), Tridev (1989), Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), Dil (1990), Thanedaar (1990), Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), Raja (1995) and Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) — and received critical recognition for her work in Prem Pratigyaa (1989), Parinda (1989), Prahaar (1991), Anjaam (1994), Mrityudand (1997), Pukar (2000), Lajja (2001) and Devdas (2002). Dixit returned to film acting in 2007 with the musical Aaja Nachle, and she worked intermittently in the next decade, starring in the black comedy Dedh Ishqiya (2014) and crime drama Gulaab Gang (2014). Her first Marathi film release was the comedy drama Bucket List (2018), and her highest-grossing release came with the adventure comedy Total Dhamaal (2019).
In addition to acting in films, Dixit has been engaged in philanthropic activities. She has worked with UNICEF since 2014 to advocate the rights of children and prevent child labour. She was appointed the brand ambassador for the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, by the Government of India. She has participated in several concert tours and stage shows, hosted Sony TV’s Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai and featured as a talent judge for the dance reality shows Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, So You Think You Can Dance and Dance Deewane. Dixit has been married to Shriram Nene since 1999, with whom she has two children.
Early Life and Background
Madhuri Dixit was born on 15 May 1967 into a Maharashtrian Kokanastha Brahmin family in Bombay (present-day Mumbai) to Shankar and Snehlata Dixit. She has two elder sisters and an elder brother. She kindled an interest in dance at an early age of three, and went on to train in Kathak for eight years; later on becoming a professionally trained Kathak dancer.
I received a scholarship as a Kathak dancer when I was nine. I even remember that it was due to a dance performance that the first time my name had appeared in the paper. I was seven or eight years old at that time and had performed at the Guru Purnima festival. And there was a journalist who was there and he had written this article saying that ‘this little girl stole the show’ – something like that. I was over the moon. So dance gave me a sense of achievement. Of worth.”
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Dixit received her education at Divine Child High School in Andheri. Apart from her studies, she participated in extra-curricular activities, such as dramatics. Aspiring to become a microbiologist, Dixit enrolled at the Sathaye college in Vile Parle (Mumbai) where she studied micro biology as one of her subjects in BSc. However, six months after she had commenced her course, Dixit decided to discontinue studies and pursue a full-time career in films.
Dixit began dating fellow actor, Sanjay Dutt, in 1990, while filming Saajan. Despite her father’s objections, the relationship continued. However, with Dutt’s arrest under TADA in 1993, the relationship ended. Talking about the break-up, film journalist Bharati Pradhan reported in The Telegraph that “Madhuri had always been a clean player. A Dutt-Dixit alliance would’ve been disastrous and she was too sensible not to see it.”
On 17 October 1999, Dixit married Shriram Madhav Nene, a cardiovascular surgeon from Los Angeles, California. The couple have two sons, Arin (b. March 2003) and Rayaan (b. March 2005). Following her marriage, Dixit relocated to Denver, Colorado, for over a decade. She moved back to Mumbai with her family in October 2011.
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Madhuri Dixit Interesting Facts
- Madhuri Dixit was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India to Late Shankar Dixit and Snehlata Dixit.
- She has a brother Ajit Dixit and two sisters, Rupa Dixit and Bharati Dixit.
- She holds
Degreein Micro-Biology from Parle College, Mumbai.
- She started her film acting career with Bollywood Film ‘Abodh’ (1984) and her first TV Appearance ‘Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai’ (2002).
- She dated with Actor Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in her past and before marriage.
- She married to Doctor-Cardiovascular Surgeon, Shriram Madhav Nene on 1999 and they have two sons together, Ryaan Nene and Arin Nene.
- Madhuri Dixit considered as the highest-paid actress with
estimatednet worth of $35 million and salary 3-4 crore per movie and 1 crore per episode inTV.
- She became a top-line model and done many commercials before entering Bollywood.
- Madhuri Dixit worked in film Gaja Gamini (2000) along with actor Shah rukh Khan, which was
hugecommercial successfuland box office hit films.
- She is the only Bollywood Actress who
havebeen nominated thirteen times for the filmfareBest Actress Award.