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Madhuri’s ‘meh’ beginnings

Launched at the tender age of 17, Madhuri started her innings with the failed and forgotten, Abodh. But she didn’t fail to woo the critics who recognized her innocent charm, and moviemakers like Subhash Ghai saw in her a “Volcano of talent!”. The start was dormant indeed, but now that she had her foot in the door, many new doors laid opened in front of her. The start of the crescendo was around the corner, but it had to wait of few more years till her stardom took off in full swing.

Birthday Special: Madhuri Dixit Nene's journey on the silver screen

In the male dominated 90s, she was one mega female star who sold movies and balanced out the power in favor of the fairer sex. Without her, a run-of-the-mill Raja wouldn’t have gone to make the box-office collections it did.

After Sridevi, it was Madhuri who redefined the role of the female lead in Hindi cinema. Her absence from the silver screen created a void that could be filled only by her after her return.

The beauty turns a year younger today and we take a quick look through her astonishing journey in the art of cinema.