Madhuri Dixit (born 15 May 1967), also known by her married name Madhuri Dixit Nene, is an Indian actress, producer, and television personality. One of the most popular and highest-paid Hindi film actresses in the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, she has been praised by critics for her acting and dancing skills. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including six Filmfare Awards. In 2008, the Government of India awarded her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country.
Dixit made her acting debut with a leading role in the 1984 drama Abodh. This was followed by a series of commercial failures, which led to a setback in her career. The 1988 blockbuster Tezaab marked a turning point for Dixit, establishing her as a leading actress of Bollywood. She achieved further success with starring roles in several top-grossing productions, including the crime dramas Ram Lakhan (1989) and Parinda (1989), the action thrillers Tridev (1989), Thanedaar (1990) and Khalnayak (1993), the action comedy Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), and the romantic dramas Prem Pratigyaa (1989), Saajan (1991) and Raja (1995).
Her portrayal of a supercilious girl in the romantic drama Dil (1990), an incorrigible woman in the social drama Beta (1992), a playful conservative in the romantic comedy Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) and a dancer in the musical romance Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) won her four Best Actress awards at Filmfare. She garnered the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's character Chandramukhi in the period romance Devdas (2002), and received critical recognition for her performances in Prahaar (1991), 100 Days (1991), Anjaam (1994), Mrityudand (1997), Pukar (2000) and Lajja (2001). Following a brief break from full-time acting in 2002, Dixit starred in the musical Aaja Nachle (2007), and worked intermittently in the next decade, continuing to draw praise for her performances 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, Dixit has been engaged in philanthropic activities. She has worked with UNICEF since 2014 to advocate the rights of children and prevent child labour. She was appointed the brand ambassador for the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, by the Government of India. She has participated in several concert tours and stage shows, hosted Sony TV's Kahin Na Kahin Koi Hai and featured as a talent judge for various dance reality shows, including Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and Dance Deewane. Dixit has been married to Shriram Nene since 1999, with whom she has two children.