Birth date: 15th May
"Madhuri wanted to become a
micro-biologist - however that just wasn't destined to be. An offer from
Rajshri Productions brought Madhuri her first role, the film `Abodh'
(1986) released and forgotten, it wasn't until godfather Ghai saw
Madhuri and gave her a tiny dance sequence in `Karma' (1986), that
things improved. The dance sequence was omitted from the final cut. Ghai
promised Madhuri better roles, on the condition that she stop doing tiny
roles in insignificant films. Thus, Ghai gave Madhuri `Uttar Dakshin',
and then a proper launch in `Ram Lakhan' (1988). Ghai also took the step
of putting an eight page advertisement in the trade magazines featuring
Madhuri, proclaiming that producers of the caliber of Boney Kapoor, Yash
Chopra and six others had signed Madhuri for their forthcoming projects.
It was all together another matter that none of the aforementioned
producers had signed Madhuri for their films.
Madhuri however, didn't have to wait for Ghai's `Ram Lakhan', N.Chandra's `Tezaab' and ek, do, teen char took the nation by storm, Miss Dixit had arrived, and the whole world knew. Tezaab went on to complete a golden jubilee, and was thus a bigger hit than Ram Lakhan.
A superb performance followed in Dil (1990) - which brought Madhuri her first Filmfare award, a rapport was struck with Indra Kumar which resulted in two more blockbusters Beta (1991) and Raja (1995). 1990 onwards, a hit film per year followed including Saajan, Khal Nayak, Prem Pratigaya, cumulating in Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994), hindi cinema's biggest blockbuster to date. Madhuri mania ensured the success of `Raja' (1995), a film with many flaws, thus Madhuri was renamed `the female Amitabh Bachchan'. "
While I have not seen as many of Madhuri's movies as I have of others, she is a consistently outstanding actress. She has a smile that completely lights up her face, and is quite a sight to behold. If that weren't enough, she's also a magnificent dancer. Her dance numbers for "Choli Ke Peechhe" in Khal Nayak and "Badi Mushkil" in Lajja are simply fantastic.
Madhuri hasn't made very many movies since she's been married, but the few she has appeared in have been terrific. I've yet to be disappointed in any of her work.