Madhuri Dixit and husband Dr Shriram Nene recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. The actor had moved to the US after marriage and had spoken in an old interview about savouring everything about being a housewife.
Madhuri Dixit, the Dhak Dhak girl, did not come from a film family but went on to rule Bollywood in her noteworthy career. Despite achieving enormous success and fame, the actor dreamt of leading a normal married life. It came as a rude shock to her fans when she left everything to marry Dr Shriram Nene and moved to the US to live with him.
The Devdas actor had once revealed how she loved everything about being a housewife for quite some time, and used to wake up early in the morning to cook for him. The actor had told Simi Garewal on her show Rendezvous with Simi Garewal, “I used to make breakfast for my husband when he was in cardiovascular surgery. I used to wake up at 5:30, make breakfast for him, of course he used to leave for work and I used to go back to sleep for some time. I savoured every minute of it.”
Dr Nene had neither seen much of her work nor did he recognise any Bollywood celebrities at their wedding, except Amitabh Bachchan. Even Madhuri Dixit’s mother-in-law tried to get him to watch some of her films, but that didn’t work out. “He was like ‘can’t we do something else, go out and do something else’,” explained Madhuri.
On being asked what made her fall in love with him, she had replied, “You always find some similarity when you meet a partner. What he found about me was that I would go out of my way to do something. The fact that I never did mountain biking but I was ready to do it and give it a chance.”
Madhuri Dixit and Dr Nene have two sons -- Arin and Ryan. She delivered two films last year: Karan Johar’s multi-starrer production, Kalank and multi-starrer comedy, Total Dhamaal.
Madhuri Dixit biography
Madhuri Dixit Nene is an Indian actress, producer, television personality and a music artist. One of the most popular actresses of Hindi cinema, she has appeared in over 70 Bollywood films. The recipient of such accolades as six Filmfare Awards, she was one of the country's highest-paid actresses in the 1990s and early 2000s, and has featured seven times on Forbes India's Celebrity 100 list. In 2008, the Government of India awarded her with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.
Born and raised in Bombay, Madhuri Dixit initially aspired to study microbiology, but discontinued her studies when she received offers for film roles and made her acting debut in 1984 with a leading role in the drama Abodh. After a few commercially failed films, she had her breakthrough with the action romance Tezaab (1988) and established herself with starring roles in the top-grossing romantic dramas Dil (1990), Beta (1992), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), and Dil To Pagal Hai (1997). She won four Best Actress awards at the Filmfare Awards for her performances in them. Her other commercially successful films during this period include Ram Lakhan (1989), Tridev (1989), Thanedaar (1990), Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), Saajan (1991), Khalnayak (1993), and Raja (1995).
Madhuri Dixit also earned praise for her dramatic performances in the crime film Parinda (1989), the romantic dramas Prem Pratigyaa (1989) and Devdas (2002), receiving the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for the latter, the thrillers Anjaam (1994) and Pukar (2000), and the social dramas Mrityudand (1997) and Lajja (2001). Following a sabbatical from acting in 2002, Dixit starred in the musical Aaja Nachle (2007), and worked intermittently in the next decade, gaining appreciation for her starring roles in the black comedy Dedh Ishqiya (2014) and the Marathi comedy drama Bucket List (2018). Her highest-grossing release came with the adventure comedy Total Dhamaal (2019).
In addition to acting in films, Madhuri Dixit has been engaged in philanthropic activities. She has worked with UNICEF since 2014 to advocate the rights of children and prevent child labour, and is a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products. She participates in concert tours and stage shows, features frequently as a talent judge for dance reality shows, has launched an online dance academy and is the co-founder of the production company RnM Moving Pictures. Dixit has been married to Shriram Nene since 1999, with whom she has two children.