Dhak Dhak Karne Laga – that is what happens to audiences when Madhuri Dixit appears on screen, emoting and dancing away to another success.
Madhuri has reigned supreme for a long time since her runaway hit Tezaab and even today filmgoers view her with awe and respect. She has all the aspects of a great actor – stunning looks, awesome dancing skills, wonderful smile and superb acting ability which has been appreciated with many awards over the years.
Madhuri turns 51 on May 15 and we look at some of her films which stayed in the mind even after all these years
Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Chunky Pandey, Anupam Kher, Mandakini, Suresh Oberoi, Kiran Kumar
Director: N Chandra
An Inspector turns into a criminal Munna (Kapoor) after he kills a criminal’s brother who had threatened to rape the former’s sister and kills his parents. Munna kills the man in selfe-defence and is sentenced to jail.
He comes across a woman Mohini (Madhuri) who is being forced to dance in nightclubs because her father Shyamlal is a drunkard who is in debt. Munna tries to free Mohini but she is kidnapped once his scheme is known. The film marked the first big hit for Madhuri.
Cast: Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Saeed Jaffrey, Anupam Kher, Deven Verma
Director: Indra Kumar
A miser, Hari Prasad (Kher), wants his son Raja to marry a rich girl so that all of them can live happily ever after. Prasad makes friends with a rich man Mehra (Jaffrey) who has a beautiful daughter Madhu (Madhuri). The cunning Prasad hires people to pretend that he is rich.
Raja and Madhu do not get off to a good start and when she accuses him of rape he has to teach her a lesson the hard way. But Madhu gets attracted to Raja when he shows his good side. Then Prasad is exposed by Mr Mehra who forbids Madhu from marrying Raja. But true love triumphs after the couple runs away.
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff, Rakhee Gulzar, Ramya Krishnan, Anupam Kher
Director: Subhash Ghai
A deadly terrorist Ballu (Dutt) is being chased by Inspector Ram (Shroff) and his girlfriend Ganga (Madhuri), also a cop. Ram is trying to capture Ballu in his effort to nail his boss Roshida. But Ballu won’t talk. So Ganga, disguised as a village belle, goes after Ballu.
However, Ballu falls in love Ganga who finds him to be a good guy really who is driven into crime due to other factors. She tries to help him but gets incriminated due to her spending time with him. Will Ballu reform or escape the net thrown around him?
Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Shabana Azmi, Ayub Khan, Shilpa Shirodkar, Mohan Agashe, Mohan Joshi, Om Puri
Director: Prakash Jha
Focusing on social issues and gender discrimination in Bihar, the film focuses on the life of a couple Vinay Singh (Khan) and Ketki (Madhuri) in an oppressed village in the state. The killing of two defenceless women sparks an outrage but is suppressed.
The evil force is led by Tirpat Singh (Joshi) and he and other villagers manage to make Vinay think in their way. Life becomes hell for Ketki after Vinay tries to force her into submission but she is a strong woman who takes on the villagers.
Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Aruna Irani, Laxmikant Berde, Anupam Kher
Director: Indra Kumar
A cruel and cunning stepmother Laxmi dominates her stepson Raju (Kapoor) and manipulates him through pretence of motherly love. But things take a turn for worse when Raju marries Sraswati (Madhuri) who sees through Laxmi.
They play a constant cat and mouse game and Raju gets trapped in the middle. He refuses to believe that Laxmi is bad despite proof provided by Saraswati. But the latter never gives up to expose the stepmother.