Madhuri Dixit, who charmed the world with her electric smile and ruled the marquee with her haunting performances, turned 50 yesterday.
Making her debut in Hindi Cinema with Abodh in 1984, she continued to scintillate the connoisseurs for over 18 years, quitting acting in 2002 and moving to the US after getting married.
Her hysteria wasn’t controlled by boundaries and even extended to our neighboring nation, Pakistan. Believe it or not, during the Kargil War of 1999 between India and Pakistan, the neighboring soldiers asked the Indian Armed Forces to handover the actress in exchange for Kashmir.
Also, there was a time when she was hailed as the female Amitabh Bachchan. Upon being asked about this title once, she said-“Has anyone called him the male Madhuri Dixit? He’s a senior and I respect him.”
Wait, there’s more, legendary artist MF Hussain was so enamored and enthralled by her breathtaking beauty that he saw her film Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994) 73 times and went on to make her his first muse, followed by Anushka Sharma, Vidya Balan and Amrita Rao.
Every actor that she worked with was charmed and floored by her professionalism and piquancy. Here are some of her most memorable co-stars she worked with-
1. ANIL KAPOOR
The one film that catapulted Dixit to overnight stardom was N Chandra’s action drama Tezaab (1988), where she acted opposite Anil Kapoor.
In the third season of Koffee With Karan, when asked about her favorite co-actor in the Rapid Fire Round, the actress quickly answered Anil Kapoor.
Teaming up with him in as many as a dozen films, they went on to deliver one blockbuster after the other. Ram Lakhan (1989), Khel(1992), Kishan Kanhaiyaa (1990), Jamai Raja (1990) and Beta (1992), to name a few.
Their last outing together was Pukar (2000), an espionage drama for which Kapoor won his maiden National Award For the Best Actor.
2. SHAHRUKH KHAN
They first appeared together in the 1994 thriller Anjaam, directed by Rahul Rawail.
The duo gave three consecutive successes thereafter, Koyla and Dil To Pagal Hai in 1997 and Sanjay Bhansali’s magnum opus Devdas in 2002, which has its name registered in the 2003 Guinness Book Of World Records for being the most expensive film of that time.
3. SALMAN KHAN
Salman and Madhuri first stared in Lawrence D’Souza’s Saajan (1991), which was a runaway hit, particularly because of its chartbuster music. They teamed up with the same director in the 1993 Dil Tera Aashiq but sadly this film sank without a trace. It was Sooraj Barjatya’s Hum Aapke Hain Koun in 1994 that changed their fates forever. The film’s historic success was more crucial for Khan, who was going through a tepid phase at that time. Reportedly, Dixit was paid more than him for the film. They both were last seen together in the 2002 Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, which had Shahrukh Khan in the lead.
4. SANJAY DUTT
The grapevine suggested Dutt and Dixit were romantically involved with each other and even wanted to tie the knot. Staring in one hits after the other like Thanedaar (1990), Saajan (1991) and Khalnayak (1993), their romance was short-lived when Dutt was arrested in the 1993 Bombay Blasts Case.
If rumors are to be believed, the makers of his biopic have planned to showcase their incomplete tale on the celluloid.
Till then, Happy Birthday Dhak Dhak Girl.
FUN FACT– She’s the only actor in Hindi Cinema to have romanced both real life father and son in two separate films. Vinod Khanna in Dayavan (1988) and Akshaye Khanna in Mohabbat (1997).