|Madhuri Dixit-Nene (*15.5.1967)|
|Young Madhuri in one of her first roles.|
Her range as an actress is incredible. From feisty and daring Ganga (Khalnayak) to fragile and demure Pooja (DTPH), from sweet but mischievous Nisha (HAHK) to patient and devoted Chandramukhi (Devdas), from Anjali, who goes against the law in rather selfish attempt to win her love (Pukar) to dignified Paro, who is not afraid for her life in her fight for justice (Parinda). From spoilt and indecisive Anita (Deewana Mujhse Nahin) to strong-willed Ketki (Mrityudand). There is obedient childish Radha (Ram Lakhan) and there is revolting Janki (Lajja). There is a cunning thief Seema (Khel) and there is strict police officer Shivangi (Prem Deewane). There is helpless innocent Gauri (Koyla) and there is Shivani, who takes bloody revenge into her own hands (Anjaam). And there is a movie called Prem Granth, in which vivacious and dreamy Kajri undergoes a whole scale of metamorphosis – from hurt to deathly desperate, yet still fighting for decent survival, yearning for love yet afraid she´s not worthy of it, being happy and heartbroken again. There has never been a role Madhuri wouldn´t grasp with enthusiasm and devotion. Unfortunately none of the film-makers she has worked with in the past, the sole exception being Sanjay Leela Bhansali, were able to use and show her talent. As Mahesh Bhatt rightly noted, they were limited, but she was inexhaustible.
|Madhuri on the sets of Dil To Pagal Hai.|
Although everybody knew her face, she had the gift of living every character and convincing the audience she actually IS the character. However, this amazing acting ability tends to be greatly underrated by many, who see Madhuri purely as a dancer. The truth is that Madhuri is one performer who cannot be segregated as “actor” or “dancer”. Because she is dancing even while acting. Her every word, every gesture and look is a musical theatre, even if music is not playing. The way she reaches out her hand, the way she throws her head back when she laughs, the way she walks – all that is one continuous dance, all the more beautiful when she talks, because her voice is incredibly expressive on its own. And when she dances, she doesn´t cease to act! Her dance is not just an eye-candy. It has depth and meaning. It is not just her arms, feet and legs, not just her hips and shoulders. Her whole being, her eyes, her lips, her hair – all is dancing and living the music. The most fitting description of her while dancing has to be the famous “poetry in motion”. Madhuri has an amazing gift of turning the cheapest steps and movements into something artistic and beautiful.
|Madhuri in 1995.|
|Madhuri and the co-star people loved to see her most with - the dance.|
She has a dream-like quality about her. As if she didn´t fully come from this world. And at the same time she is wonderfully human, a simple person with no tantrums who never took success for granted. Who worked against all odds, who kept dignified silence after every attack and came out victorious in every single matter. Let me just end this with a quote by Yash Chopra:
"I have never seen her cribbing about anything or shirk any responsibility. I always knew that the industry will call her back and I am happy that she is making a comeback... She is the queen of Bollywood and always be so. Over the years, Madhuri has turned out to be a fantastic actress, a graceful dancer and a dedicated mother. This is one woman to get inspired from. "
|Madhuri in 2011, photoshoot for Filmfare magazine.|