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Madhuri's many moods

Jayesh Sheth has captured top Bollywood stars -- and even Hollywood hunk Richard Gere -- in his long stint as a leading show business photographer.

On the occasion of Madhuri Dixit's birthday, he tells Patcy N about some of his favourite photographs of the glamorous star.

Madhuri Dixit and I are very friendly; we are like buddies. I knew her when she was not even famous, and she lived in J B Nagar in Andheri (A western suburb of Mumbai) in her one-bedroom house.

I was a good friend of actress Ranjeeta, whose secretary Riku Rakesh Nath was also Madhuri's secretary. Riku requested me to go to Madhuri's house and click a few of her photographs, as she wanted to try in Bollywood.

I still remember the day when I first went to her house. Her sister Rupa opened the door. She was so pretty that I thought I had to shoot her pictures! In fact, I requested her that she should do her portfolio. But she was into interior designing.

Then I saw Madhuri. And I found her not so attractive. She was very skinny and her body language was also not good.

We worked together in the real sense after Tezaab, when she was just beginning to be recognised. She had curly hair and prominent pink lipstick.

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