Multiple Best Actress Winner, Madhuri Shankar Dixit
Madhuri Shankar Dixit is a popular Indian film actress who appeared in several Hindi films. She performed in several films in the 1980s and 1990s, and was considered an important leading actress in Hindi cinema and an accomplished dancer at the same time. She was once considered by the media one of the best female actors in Bollywood.
She was born in Mumbai to a Marathi Brahmin family. She went to Divine Child High School and studied Microbiology at the Mumbai University. Other than acting, she is a very good dancer and was in fact professionally trained in Kathak dance.
Every Indian cinema viewer recognizes Dixit, but for movie lovers who are not familiar with Bollywood films and actors, the best way to know Dixit is to know her many major film awards. She won one Best Supporting Actress and four Best Actress awards. She holds the record for having the most number of Best Actress nominations at the Filmfare; a record that is not far from Meryl Streep’s in Hollywood.
Dixit appeared in a number of top grossing commercial films. Her face is one of the most recognized faces in all of India. In 2008, the Government of India honored her with the Padma Shri Award, which is the country’s fourth-highest civilian award.
Her first film was “Abodh” in 1984. Produced by Rajshri Production, “Abodh” was not a cinematic success but people began to take notice of the beautiful new actress. She had a number of minor supporting roles after “Abodh” until she hit it big with “Tezaab” (1988). She was the lead actor in “Tezaab” from which she received her first Filmfare nomination.
Her film choices suddenly became high quality. Her next films were “Ram”, “Tridev”, “Lakhan” and “Parinda”. But it was in 1990 that she starred in her first major film and earned her first major film award.
Dixit played the character of an arrogant rich girl who left all of her wealth and fortune after she fell in love with a poor boy. It was such a moving and convincing performance that she won her first Filmfare Best Actress Award. The film was Indra Kumar’s “Dil”, which became the biggest grossing movie in India in 1990.
After “Dil”, every Dixit starrer became a major Indian movie. Her string of successful films includes “Saajan” (1992), “Beta” (1992) “Khalnayak” (1993), “Hum Aapke Hain Kaun …!” (1994) and “Raja” (1995). “Beta” became an unforgettable classic and it was in this film where Dixit won her second Best Actress nod.
“Beta” gave this major actress a truly challenging role. Her character was a woman who married an illiterate but well-winning man. And just after a year, her next film, “Hum Aapke Hain Kaun …!” became one of the biggest movies in the history of Hindi cinema.
Madhuri Shankar Dixit made more movies and received more major awards after that. One of her most important citations was being named as one of the Best Bollywood Actresses Ever. Today, she may have passed her time but she is definitely not forgotten as she was named into the list of the “33 Women Who Made India Proud” in 2010 and the top 10 “Readers Choice: The Greatest Actresses of all Time” in 2011.