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Let's get to know Madhuri Dixit better!

Let's get to know Madhuri Dixit better!

Bollywood's ever-smiling beauty Madhuri Dixit broke a million hearts when she tied the knot with Dr. Shriram Madhav Nene, a Cardiovascular surgeon from Los Angeles, California in 1999. She sizzles on the silver screen whenever we see her wide smile and beautiful dance moves. From delivering superb performances to judging reality television dance shows—she has done it all. The gorgeous 'dhak dhak' girl celebrates her birthday today, and as she turns 48, let's get to know her a little better. We give you top 5 unknown facts about the dancing beauty on her big day:

Best Actress Nomination—A record holder

Madhuri Dixit Nene ( as she called after marriage) is one Bollywood actress, who has been nominated as many as 14 times in the Filmfare Best Actress category. She has received six Filmfare Awards, four for Best Actress, one for Best Supporting Actress and one special award. The actress was She was honoured with Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award in 2008.

Madhuri—the Microbiologist

A star kid was born to Shankar and Snehlata Dixit, a Marathi family. Madhuri went to Divine Child High School, and was studying hard to become a Microbiologist. We wonder had she pursued that dream, Hindi cinema would have certainly missed the perfect smile of the beautiful actress.

M F Husain's muse

Famous painter M F Husain's love for the actress is known to all. But not many are aware about the fact that he actually watched 'Hum Aapke Hai Koun..!' as many as 67 times. He was so mesmerised by the beauty of Mads (as she is fondly called) that he booked an entire theatre to watch her comeback film 'Aaja Nachle', reports suggest. Madhuri even worked in his film called 'Gaja Gamini' (2000) after he made a series of paintings dedicated to her.

Dance Academy

A perfect mix of beauty and brains—Madhuri Dixit started her own online dance academy known as 'Dance With Madhuri' in 2013. Reportedly, the academy is accessible in 172 countries and has more than 100,000 frequent users. Veterans such as Saroj Khan, Pandit Birju Maharaj, and Remo D'souza teach at the academy.

Humanitarian side

The stunning actress was named as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in India. After winning Rs 5,000,000 on Kaun Banega Crorepati, she donated the money for the welfare of victims of an earthquake in Gujarat and to an orphanage in Pune. She also happens to be the Goodwill Ambassador and a patron for "Emeralds for Elephants" — a charity project for the conservation of Asian Elephants and other endangered species. In 2012 Madhuri met Cancer affected children on World Cancer Day, as part of the programme by the event organisers, reportedly.