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Madhuri Dixit: An ode to a beauty
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
Where it not announced today that she has attained the mystical figure of forty, nobody would have come to believe that Bubbly as Madhuri Dixit is called has indeed reached this scale. It still appears as if it was just yesterday she galloped into our hearts with the EK DO TEEN, and may again do so. Though she had started her career with a flop ABODH under Rajshri Banner, it was the same banner that gave her one of the biggest hits of her life, HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN. It was thanks to HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN, where Madhuri brought out the shocking purple colour out of the closet and established it into the priority of the brand conscious as the new pink colour. This had never been achieved with anybody else earlier as it happened with Madhuri.
She had shown the spark of her dance prowess in the Anil Kapoor starrer HIFAJAT and though it was not a hit the wolf whistles that she had got for her movements, was a tell tale sign about a diva which was going to set the screen on fire. And indeed, she did fire the screen, as the phenomenal success that TEZAAB achieved and in the success a major contributor was the EKDO TEEN song which set ablaze the screen all across the country, and it was owing to her dancing that she for the first time a new trend was introduced in the Hindi films where a song was subsequently added in the film to encash the magic of Madhuri. This had set a trend of the similar kind for various songs, but the aura that Madhuri could create, could not be emulated by anybody else and the result was that this trend died out a quite death. This was also the time when she was acting with seniors like Vinod Khanna as also with her contemporaries.
She was the real super star heroine from the Marathi ilk, as the kind of success that she enjoyed and the way she dominated the screen for the time that she did, is a feat yet to be emulated. The kind of success that Anil Kapoor also enjoyed acting against her, he could rarely follow it up with other heroines. She could also be the first film actress in the Hindi film industry who made two super heroes of their time Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda dance to her tune in tandem, a feat which may not be repeated in the near future. Besides, she could hold the fort against her successors like Karishma Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai in DIL TO PAGAL HAI and DEVDAS respectively is also a characteristic of her passion for the craft of the cinema. It was indeed, the passion, which sort of coaxed her to work in an off-beat film like MRITYUDATA against a very junior actor Ayub Khan as the cause was dear to her heart and for Prakash Jha MRITYUDATA turned out to be the film which catapulted him into the major league.
Indeed there would not be another actor any where in the film fraternity who could have a film named after her, while she still is going to start a second innings of a career, MAIN MADHURI DIXIT BANNA CHATI HOON, an ode to the fact that Madhuri could extend her charm even to small towns and villages and created a new sense of confidence in the girls to try and emulate her.
The loss of microbiology indeed has been the boon for the entertainment industry, and it is hoped that her second career would be another treatise in dancing prowess.