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Madhuri Dixit (Marathi: माधुरी दीक्षित) (born 15 May 1967), also known as Madhuri Dixit-Nene, is an Indian film actress who is known for her work in Hindi cinema. She is often cited as one of the best actresses of Bollywood, renowned as the original dancing diva. Madhuri enjoyed major critical and commercial success during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. Dixit made her film debut in Abodh (1984) and received wider public recognition with Tezaab (1988). She went on to establish herself as one of Hindi cinema's leading actresses, acknowledged for several of her performances, beauty, smile and accomplished dancing.

Some of her popular films include such box-office hits as Ram Lakhan (1989),Tridev (1989), Parinda (1989), Dil (1990), Saajan (1991), Beta (1992), Khalnayak (1993), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) and Raja (1995). After a relatively low phase in 1996, she reinvented herself with the romance Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) and subsequently received critical acclaim for her work in films like Mrityudand (1997), Pukar (2000), Lajja (2001) and Devdas (2002). In 2002, she took a sabbatical from films to raise her children and made a comeback with the musical Aaja Nachle in 2007. Dixit also judged four seasons of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa '. After another 7 year long break from movies Madhuri returned with Dedh Ishqiya and Gulaab Gang for which she received critical acclaim by all.

Dixit has won six Filmfare Awards, four for Best Actress, one for Best Supporting Actress and one special Filmfare award for completing 25 years in Bollywood. She holds the record for the highest number of Best Actress nominations (13) at Filmfare. In 2008, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award by the Government of India, for her overall contribution to the Indian film industry.

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