Madhuri Dixit, one of India’s most loved actors ever has given us several blockbuster as well as critically acclaimed movies. Lets go on a trivia journey of ten of her best films.
N Chandra gave Madhuri her 1st major hit. Her role of Mohini and her dance Ek Do Teen took the nation by storm and established her as a dancing star. Saroj Khan- Madhuri duo went on to give us numerous dance hits.
When Tezaab released, Madhuri had gone for a family vacation to USA. When she returned she was greeted at the airport by thousands of fans who kept on screaming Mohini, Mohini.
Subhash Ghai had shelved Devaa starring Amitabh and on the advice of Boney Kapoor made Ram Lakhan as it was expected to be commercially safe. This movie was loosely inspired by Deewar. It had Gulshan Kumar in the role of Kesariya Vilayati with his dialogue Bad Man which he repeated in many movies.
Madhuri won her 1st Filmfare award for Dil, in which she plays a rich and spoilt girl. Originally it was a movie planned by Chandra Barot, who had made Don and had planned a movie starring Shashi Kapoor, Rohan Kapoor, Farha and Tabu. When it got shelved, Indra Kumar remade it as Dil with Amir and Madhuri.
In Saajan, Sanjay Dutt plays a lame poet named Aman or Sagar. Aman’s character is inspired by writer Reema Rakeshnath’s own life as she had broken her leg, and her doctor was concerned that no one would marry her. The original choice for the role of Aman was Amir who did not see himself connecting to the role. Sanjay got it and did a superb job. Madhuri plays the love interest opposite Sanjay and Salman.
Hum Aapke Hain Koun
The 1st Hindi movie to cross 100 crores, MF Hussain reportedly saw it 85 times and not only made several paintings on Madhuri, but also made the box-office disaster movie Gajagamini. This movie had 14 songs with Lata Mangeshkar singing 11 including Didi Tera Devar Deevaana which is even now one of India’s favorite wedding songs. Reportedly later, after the movie was released, Madhuri adopted Tuffy the dog.
Reportedly Subhash Ghai had wanted Nana Patekar to play the main role of a middle-aged villain but later had second thoughts as he wanted a misguided youth instead. Madhuri’s song Choli Ke Peeche is the only song in film history where two singers namely Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun sharing the best singer award. The song was initially banned but later brought back.
Beta was a huge hit winning Best Actress award for Madhuri and Best actor award for Anil Kapoor. Madhuri’s song, Dhak Dhak Karne Laga is one of the all time popular songs and got Madhuri the nickname Dhak Dhak girl. The song is inspired from an Illaiyarajaa song featuring Sridevi and Chiranjeevi.
Starring Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri, this crime thriller had 2 of the most romantic songs in entire history of Hindi cinema. Tum Se Mil Ke and Pyar Ke Mod Pe were both enchanting duets of Suresh Wadkar and Asha Bhosle. Parinda influenced many great filmmakers, including Ram Gopal Verma and Mahesh Manjrekar.
Sanjay Leela Bhanshali’s movie won 5 National Awards and 10 Filmfare awards. Madhuri’s role was of Chandramukhi, with SRK playing Devdas and Aishwarya Paro. Her dance Kaahe Chhedd Mohe was choreographed by none other than Pandit Birju Maharaj especially for Madhuri. Her Saree weighed 30 kilos and it was a challenge which she accepted. Bhansali also took care to ensure that Dola Re Dola was shot perfectly as it had both Madhuri and Aishwarya together.
Dil To Pagal Hai
Karan Johar was SRK’s dress designer for this musical romance, which is Shiamak Davar’s 1st as a film choreographer. Juhi Chawla was supposed to play Karishma Kapoor’s role but she refused as she did not want to play a supporting role to Madhuri. SRK says that he had difficulty keeping up with Madhuri who was a terrific dancer, and she would pretend the steps were difficult for her too.
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