Known as the "Dancing Queen of Bollywood", Madhuri Dixit-Nene turns 52 today. The actor who is known for her acting prowess has created magic with her moves ever since she made her debut in Hindi cinema. Be it western, classical or Kathak, the diva moves gracefully to any tune. She is a great inspiration for all current as well as aspiring actresses. The Dhak-Dhak girl has been ruling the world of Hindi cinema since she was 17 and Pandit Birju Maharaj had even called her the “best Bollywood dancer due to her versatility”. Saroj Khan has continually stated that Madhuri is her favorite protégé as well.
Madhuri's numerous eye-catching dance performances have always been leaving her fans mesmerized. As the actress celebrates her 52nd birthday, here is a look at 10 Bollywood songs where she left the audience jaw-dropped.
Ek Do Teen (Tezaab)
Madhuri Dixit attained overnight stardom after her chartbuster number from 1988 release 'Tezaab' came out. Her steps and expression in the song Ek Do Teen from the hit movie made the entire nation swoon. The song compelled the Filmfare to introduce Best Choreography Award in 1988, which was given to Saroj Khan for the song. The song gave Madhuri her recognition as a dancing star of Bollywood.
Dhak Dhak (Beta)
The sensuous and seductive dance performance by Madhuri Dixit not only made men skip their heartbeats but also earned her the name of Dhak Dhak girl, forever. In the song choreographed by Saroj Khan, Madhuri made many heart skip a beat.
Humko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar (Sailaab)
In this song, Madhuri left no stone unturned to portray her sizzling Maharashtrian looks. Her dancing steps are so appropriate that it is difficult to take our eyes off her. The song has become one of the best songs in Madhuri's career. Saroj Khan bagged the Filmfare Best Choreography Award for choreographing Madhuri’s dance on this song.
Chane Ke Khet Mein (Anjaam)
Shah Rukh Khan's third consecutive attempt at a negative rile in the film 'Anjaam' didn't go down well with the audience but Madhuri made the film memorable with her vivacious dancing to the song Chane Ke Khet Mei. Her expressions and steps made this song popular. Madhuri dances so gracefully in this song that you can’t stop yourself from trying a few of her steps too.
Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai (Khalnayak)
Madhuri, the dancing queen of Bollywood, left the audience spellbound by her dance in this raunchy item number. One of the most popular songs of Madhuri’s career, Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai, was involved in controversies due to its lyrics, but her performance has made the song a cult classic now.
Maar Dala (Devdas)
In this song from 'Devdas', Madhuri turned to the classical dance form. Donning a green outfit, Madhuri Dixit aka Chandramukhi wooed audiences with her graceful performance of what was essentially a ‘mujra’ song. What makes the song even more special is the fact that Dixit was pregnant during the song shoot and she carried a costume weighing around 10 kg with utmost conviction.
Are Re Are (Dil To Pagal Hai)
Despite being a trained dancer, the love for dance and versatility of Madhuri became evident in Are Re Are song from 1997 film 'Dil To Pagal Hai'. She aptly picked up Jazz and left her fans awed by her moves in the song.
Kay Sera Sera (Pukaar)
It is still difficult for most of us to try and match the steps of Michael Jackson but Madhuri took up the challenge in the film 'Pukaar' as she nailed the moonwalk in Kay Sera Sera. She is probably the only female dancer in Bollywood so far who could execute her co-performer, Prabhu Deva’s steps perfectly. Later, Prabhu Deva would later praise her performance as “perfect".
O Re Piya (Aaja Nachle)
In this song from her comeback film, Madhuri Dixit proved that age is just a number. Madhuri who took a sabbatical from the industry, aced this Sufi number with her dance moves.
Tabbah Ho Gaye (Kalank)
In the song from her latest release, 'Kalank', Madhuri captivates viewers as she twirls like a true blue diva. The song is choreographed by Saroj Khan and Remo D'Souza.