Born: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Madhuri Dixit, also known as Madhuri Dixit-Nene after her marriage, is an Indian actress who is known for her work in Hindi cinema. A leading actress of Bollywood in the 1980s, 1990s and early-2000s, Dixit has been praised by critics for her acting, beauty, and dancing. She has received six Filmfare Awards, four for Best Actress, one for Best Supporting Actress and one special award. She has also been nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress a record fourteen times. She was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award, by the Government of India in 2008. Dixit made her film debut in Abodh (1984) and received wider public recognition with Tezaab (1988). She went on to establish herself as a leading actress of Hindi cinema with the films Ram Lakhan (1989), Parinda (1989), Dil (1990), Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993), Hum Aapke Hain Koun! (1994), Raja (1995), and Dil To Pagal Hai (1997). She also garnered critical acclaim for her work in films like Anjaam (1994), Mrityudand (1997), Pukar (2000), Lajja (2001) and Devdas (2002). In 2002, she took a sabbatical from films to raise her children and made a comeback with the musical Aaja Nachle in 2007, later starring in the 2014 dramas Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab Gang. In addition to acting in films, Dixit has featured as a talent judge for four seasons of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. She has participated in several stage and has engaged in philanthropic activities. In 2014 she was appointed as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in India.
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