She won countless admirers with her dazzling smile and set the screen on fire with her incredible dance moves. She has also won many awards in the best actress category.
But, beneath all that razzle dazzle, lies a fire that quite often translates into a fiery performance on celluloid.
That's Madhuri Dixit in a nutshell.
There's something so inherently potent about her persona that it rubs off on her characters as well be it as the mild-mannered Chandramukhi of Devdas or the playful Nisha in Hum Aapke Hain Koun...!.
And motherhood does not seem to have slowed the actress in any way. She is all set for Aaja Nachley, her comeback film.
As she celebrates her 40th birthday, rediff.com takes a look at the Ek do teen's star's most powerful performances till date.
Text: Sukanya Verma
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