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It’s Birthday of Madhuri Dixit, She turns 51

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Mumbai: Renowned Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit Nene turned 51 on Tuesday. She was born on
May 15, 1967 in Mumbai, Maharastra.

She is the only Bollywood female actor to have a star named after her. A star located in the constellation Orion is named after Madhuri. Apart from her, the only other Bollywood actor to have a celestial body named after him/her is superstar ShahRukh Khan. A lunar crater in the moon’s Sea of Tranquillity has been named after SRK.

Madhuri, a trained Kathak dancer, had enrolled for a course in microbiology in Mumbai’s Parle College when she signed up for her first movie, Abodh.  It did not do well and it was Tezaab which made her a star overnight. Anil Kapoor was fresh from his super hit Mr India, and he and Madhuri combined to make Tezaab the biggest hit of 1988. The song “Ek do teen…” became a blockbuster and apart from getting Alka Yagnik the best singer award established Madhuri as a terrific dancer.

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Madhuri-Anil were a top pair who went on to act in as many as 15 movies together. Some of their huge hits and appreciated movies were Ram Lakhan, Kishen Kanhaiya, Parinda and Beta. After Anil, maximum movies of Madhuri are ten in number with Sanjay Dutt while she has worked in 7 movies with Shahrukh, 4 with Salman and 3 with Amir.

Dil, Saajan, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Dil to Paagal Hai are some of her biggest hits. Madhuri has had hits with all superstars Anil, Amir, SRK, Salman and Sanjay Dutt. She was the highest paid female actor of her time and reportedly she was paid 2.7 crore for Hum Aapke hain Kaun which was more than Salman’s remuneration. Madhuri has shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan only once, in Bade Miyan Chote Miyan and this movie marked a successful comeback for Amitabh.

Some of the major awards which the actress received are Padma Shri, Raj Kapoor Special Contribution Award, best actor award four times (Dil, Beta, Hum Aapke hai Kaun and Dil to Paagal Hai), best supporting actor (Devdas), Filmfare Special Award (for overall contribution).

Madhuri has had a record 16 nominations at the Filmfare Awards , a record she shares with Raakhee. However, Raakhee had 8 nominations each for Best actor (female) and Best supporting actor. However Madhuri had just 2 nominations for best supporting actor and as many as 14 nominations for Best actor, which is her own record.  Her dominance and popularity can be known from her being nominated for 8 years in a row from 1989 to 1996 including two nominations each twice.

Currently, Madhuri has successfully reinvented herself and wears many hats. She is a successful celebrity judge, she is involved in charitable activities and works for child and women’s rights. She works for conservation of Asian Elephants and other endangered species. She has been named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.