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15 Madhuri Dixit Movies To Make You Nostalgic On Her Birthday Today!

An actor who is a powerhouse of talent, gorgeous drop dead looks, yet a girl next door. A bucket list of Madhuri Dixit movies to binge on.

What Madhuri Dixit movies are your favourites? Her birthday on 15th May is a great time to go into nostalgia overdrive about this gorgeous woman!

Madhuri Dixit is a talent house of performance, and a breath taking dancer. She has a smile that lights up any room and a humble and down to earth personality. All this in one person!

My earliest memory of Madhuri is of her dancing in the iconic green sharara in Hum Aapke Hai Kaun which became a fashion sensation back then. She was not just an actress. For the 12 year old me, she defined the word actress.

Madhuri Dixit, as she is fondly known in the film industry, paved a way for herself without the blessings of any Godfather. Coming from a simple Maharashtrian family, she was trained in kathak since the age of three. A microbiologist by profession, the entire nation secretly thanks her for joining Bollywood, and enriching the lives and dreams of countless people in the world.

Madhuri made Bollywood fans fall in love with her over and over again with legendary performances in movies like Abodh, Beta and Devdas. She holds the record of being nominated for the award of best actress 14 times and has won 6 times. Be it the determined Saraswati from Beta, the courageous police officer from Khalnayak, the simple but sensitive Nisha from Hum Apke Hain Kaun, or Rajjo – a woman of steel from Gulaab Gang, she has played every character with conviction and ease delivering believable and life like performances over the years. ‘Depend on yourself and you will never be let down’ she believes.

I enjoy watching most of her movies but here is a list of her films which really stand out:

Abodh

1984

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Literally translating to Innocent, Abodh describes Madhuri perfectly in the year of 1984.

Abodh is a story of an unwilling young bride who is married off to a stranger, and her journey of falling in love with her husband without realising it, until something happens to jolt her into reality.

Madhuri was just 17 years old when she did her debut with Abodh. Although the film did not perform well commercially, Madhuri was well noticed and appreciated by the industry for delivering a mature performance, resulting into many roles coming her way since.

Tezaab

1988

After a series of commercial failures, Madhuri finally hit the home run with Tezaab. She played the character of Mohini, a young woman who is forced into stage shows by her step-father. Her iconic performance in the song ‘Ek do teen’ (recently re-mixed with Jaqueline Fernandez gyrating to it) is fresh in everyone’s memory till date.

Madhuri Dixit got her 1st nomination for best actress with this movie.

Parinda

1989

Parinda is said to be one of the best films made in the crime genre in Bollywood. Apart from the storyline, the movie also stood out for its music. Madhuri Dixit, as Paro, who is the love interest of Anil Kapoor, plays a strong woman who refuses to leave her loved one’s side till the end.

Although Madhuri had more of a supporting role in the movie, with just a few scenes, she surely made her mark, and made the song ‘Tumse Milke’ eternally beautiful for us.

Dil

1990

Madhuri Dixit movies

She played the character of Madhu – a rich and a stubborn girl who is spiteful in her nature till she meets Raja. She has portrayed the role so well that in the beginning of the movie we instantly dislike her character and later fall in love with it.

Dil, once again, proved that Madhuri Dixit was not just a beautiful young artist who danced incredibly but also showed her better side of acting. She won her first filmfare award for this movie.

Prahaar

1991

Madhuri Dixit was not the lead in Prahaar and had a fairly small role, but managed to make a mark nonetheless.

Madhuri played the character of Shirley who is engaged to an army officer. Shirley is a hot headed Catholic girl who is very opinionated and strong. Even after the death of her fiancé she hides her grief by putting up a strong face.

Nana Patekar was much smitten by Madhuri at the time. He insisted that she wear no make-up during the shooting of this movie and I bet no one can tell the difference. She looks gorgeous no matter what.

100 days

1991

Madhuri Dixit movies

By 1991, Madhuri had done films in various genres but a suspense thriller was a first one. A hit at the box office, she played the lead by the name of Devi – a woman who has Extrasensory Perception. A murder mystery, 100 Days showcased a different side of Madhuri to her fans. This movie is about Devi’s journey of finding the truth behind her sister’s murder.

A must watch, Madhuri once again proves, that she is indeed the jack of all trades when it comes to acting.

Beta

1992

Madhuri Dixit movies

This was one of Madhuri’s most successful films. Although the film is named Beta, Madhuri Dixit carried the weight of the film on her shoulders and that too effortlessly.

She plays the role of Saraswati who is aware of the cruel intentions of her mother in law and ensures she exposes her true nature in front of her naïve husband. Madhuri had admitted to being always supporting women empowerment and has expressed eagerness to act in films which are women centric. Beta was one such film which had not one but two women running the show, second being Aruna Irani. She won another award for best actress for Beta. Also, after this movie, Madhuri became the eternal ‘Dhak Dhak girl’ for all her fans.

Khel

1992

Madhuri Dixit films

Yet one more time, Madhuri Dixit proved that she was in Bollywood to rule. After Beta, Khel was a completely different role – it is one of the few films where she has played comedy. Seema is a con-woman and has displayed her perfect sense of comic timing, making this a memorable role.

Khalnayak

1993

Madhuri Dixit movies

Another of her hit movies, Khalnayak was a true Bollywood masala flick. It had everything from romance, action, drama, suspense, tragedy and a happy ending.

Madhuri plays the role of a police officer named Ganga. She is a level headed woman who knows to differentiate wrong and right. When the reputation of her lover is in danger, she decides to risk her career and life to catch a most wanted criminal. But she also sympathizes with the criminal after knowing his circumstances.

With another stellar performance she won herself a nomination in the category of best actress with this one.

Anjaam

1994

Madhuri Dixit movies

A classic thriller of the 90’s, Anjaam was another woman centric role done by Madhuri Dixit.

She plays the role of Shivani who is a simple woman leading a simple life, until an unwanted entity destroys her life to pieces. Shivani decides to take the law in her hands, and rises from all the atrocities and avenges the death of her husband, daughter and sister.

The film indirectly showcases a lot of social issues like stalking, mental harassment of women, abandonment by husband, corruption to name a few. Madhuri surely overshadowed a rising superstar like Shahrukh Khan in this movie, and made Anjaam about herself with her engaging acting skills.

Hum Aapke Hai Kaun!

1994

Madhuri Dixit films

This Madhuri Dixit movie needs no introduction and neither does Nisha! She is this bubbly and chirpy girl loved by one and all. A near perfect woman, Nisha’s character transits beautifully from a young, dreamy, hopelessly in love girl to a mature and a selfless woman. Her fans went crazy on a whole new level as she danced her way to their hearts.

Madhuri’s expressions in Hum Aapke Hai Kaun are undeniably among the very best that Indian actresses have given. Men wanted her and women wanted to be her. Needless to say, she won another best actress award for this one.

Mrityudand

1997

Madhuri Dixit movies

Mrityudand managed to have the perfect balance between art and commercial films, it had an outstanding starcast of Shabana Azmi, Madhuri Dixit, Om Puri, Mohan Joshi and Mohan Agashe to name a few. The movie highlights social issues of corruption and gender inequality against women.  Set in the backdrop of a village in Bihar, the film rotates around how 3 sisters-in-law fight injustice and corruption which have broken the ethics of the society and also their homes.

Ketki played by Madhuri leads the pack of women who literally decides to pick up the rifle to fight the bad men and emerge victorious. Another strong feminine character by Madhuri, she held her own against the seasoned and acclaimed actors Shabana Azmi, Om Puri, and Mohan Agashe and surpassed herself. In my opinion, one of her best roles.

Lajja

2001

Madhuri Dixit films

Madhuri played the role of Janki, an independent thinker who refuses to follow the norms of the world. She is an artist at heart and loves someone unconditionally without worrying too much about fitting into the parameters of societal acceptance.

Although Madhuri had a small role in Lajja, she ensured to be remembered by the audience because of 2 things – her acting and her dance in the song ‘Badi mushkil’. She once again reminded us Indians the true meaning of gracefulness.

Devdas

2004

Madhuri Dixit movies

Devdas would not have been the film it is today without Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi. Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali thought only of Madhuri when it came to this role, and she comes off as an even better actor than Aishwarya Rai, who has the other female lead in the movie.

Chandramukhi is a very complex character as she is a selfless but proud woman. She is a classy courtesan and Madhuri gave utmost justice to the character. She effortlessly slipped into the role and needless to say, her expressions and moves in ‘Kahe ched ched mohe’ and ‘Dola re’ will be etched in our memories forever.

Dedh Ishqiya

2014

Madhuri Dixit movies

It is a sequel to the movie Ishquiya and falls in the genre of black comedy.

This Madhuri Dixit movie was her comeback, only to look more picturesque. She was a treat to watch as the noble woman Begum Para, and reminded us a lot of Chandramukhi from Devdas. She kept the audiences wanting for more with her thumkas in the song ‘Humari Atariya Pe’ and her chemistry with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi was commendable.

A decade’s break from Bollywood, and we again had Madhuri Dixt movies like Aaja Nachle, Dedh Ishqiya, Gulaab Gang, and Kalank. And there is the recent web series The Fame Game, of course, the popularity of which proves that her audience is not yet done with Madhuri Dixit movies, and we want more.

Header image is a composite of stills from Madhuri Dixit movies

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