It is the birthday of that woman who smiles like a flower and dances like a dream – Madhuri Dixit she is. It’s her 52nd birthday on 15th May. She is called by many nicknames – “Dhak Dhak girl”, “Mohini”, or “Dancing Diva”. Madhuri Dixit – the reigning queen of Bollywood from the late ’80s to ’90s has a fan base across generations. Someone who was born during the ’70s saw her rise in Bollywood stealing the limelight from Sridevi and others. The ones born in the ’90s wanted to copy her footsteps as she was the role model for them. And the millennials now get to see & know her through her dance shows and recent movies. What remains constant among all generations is the love & respect for Madhuri Dixit. There are some valid reasons why every generation is in love with Madhuri Dixit which are discussed at length below.
One of the strongest reasons is that Madhuri Dixit is a total package of what Bollywood or the world of art & dance wants. In her eyes, through her smile, and by her classy moves, she makes an impact in the hearts of people. Read below and know those reasons!
I may sound a bit over the top but even the ones who are not fans of Madhuri Dixit would also agree to the fact that “Madhuri Dixit is an enchanting beauty”. Her beauty has a “girl next door” vibe and very easily she can slip into a con-woman and that too keeping that beauty & smile intact. It is a mystery how she looks so enchanting even at 52!! I also know people who perhaps have not seen any movie of Madhuri Dixit but loves her for the way she looks and carries herself! – Isn’t that interesting?
Old World Charm & Nostalgia
Madhuri Dixit carries an old world charm which is quite nostalgic. Her looks, style, and attitude are like a reminder of the old world or bygone era to the people of this generation. You can gauge that difference by looking into the list of actresses in Bollywood. She definitely belongs to the list of classic and elegant enchantresses of Bollywood like Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Nargis, or Waheeda Rehman. How can anyone not fall in love with her then?
Dancer Par Excellence
Bollywood has produced many excellent dancers to date. Waheeda Rehman, Vyajanthimala, Asha Parekh, Helen, Rekha, Hema Malini, Sridevi, Katrina Kaif but it’s different when Madhuri Dixit moves. It is a delightful dream to watch her dance. Even someone like Shahrukh Khan also once said, “I used to ask for retakes willingly, because, it is absolutely a divine experience to watch Madhuri Dixit dance”. Most of the yesteryear Bollywood queens had a strong dance skill but they limited that to the classical or Bollywood type dance only. But Madhuri Dixit – a trained Kathak dancer not only soaked Bollywood dance but also became a PRO with all sorts of western dance forms. In every dance form, she moves like magic. Her fans (like me) would put this trait in perfect words – Madhuri Dixit’s dance is equal to “poetry in motion”. Simply type “Madhuri Dixit Dance” and get mesmerized.
Million Watts Smile
Her smile of million watts can set a heart on fire & can also cool down a fire! Madhuri’s smile has that appeal. Smile is one of the primary goals in life and sometimes someone’s smile can boost your confidence, relieve your stress, or make you feel better. Madhuri Dixit is the owner of such a beautiful smile. I remember reading the film magazines in my childhood (the reigning time of my most favorite actress) where I came across many eminent personalities and public polls declaring Madhuri’s smile to be the best one from Bollywood. Well, there are many more actresses whose smile are fascinating but when Madhuri smiles it seems like a waterfall of honey!
“Kal Aayeiga, Filhaal Iss Guftugoo Se Thak Gaye Hai Hum” – Who can mouth those lines with that conviction mixed with a bit of arrogance, power, and sensuality. Only a Madhuri Dixit can. Be it a “girl next door” or a muse to an artist or courtesan – she will walk into your hearts with conviction as if she was born to be a Nisha, Pooja, Maya, Bahar Begum, etc. She justifies the presence of “act” in the actress. There is a term called “adaayein” whose closest English term can be “grace” or “style” and no one except Madhuri Dixit can carry those “adaayein” better. And it is not only me, but every other industry person would also opine that!
Do you know that Sanjay Leela Bhansali generally never wants a “married woman” to play her protagonists? But he had to give up this clause while signing Madhuri for the role of Chandramukhi. Why? Maybe Saratchandra Chatterji imagined Chandramukhi just the way Madhuri is in flesh and blood. Those longing eyes for Devdas, that divine love where she is in love without any expectations, and the power to give him up for another woman’s love – who could have played such a strong role with so much of passion!
There is, was, will never be another Madhuri Dixit. She is a legend and the benchmark she has set in her field is extraordinary. She is an inspiration not only for the new generation of Bollywood but also for people belonging to other fields. Why? Because she says, “There is a child within me. Everything is fascinating. The hunger to learn, do better, and more creative things never go”.
*****Happy Birthday Goddess!*****