It’s Madhuri’s birthday today! Well, today in India. But I want to start celebrating as soon as possible, so I am putting up my birthday posts today. And it’s a big birthday, and she is a big star, so I am doing one reason for every year she was alive, 51 in total. (this is an updated and reposted post from last year)
1. I love you because you had to shoot this song in only your 9th film, when you were just 21, and it didn’t turn you off acting for life!
2. I love you because when you finally did hit it big, you were magnetic even just sitting there looking at the camera.
3. I love you because once people realized that Madhuri dancing was like setting off ten thousand fireworks in the middle of your movie, suddenly every movie she was in needed a huge Madhuri number in it. Like Ram-Lakhan, which started filming right after Tezaab.
4. I love you because everyone got so used to seeing you as the stunning heavily made-up star of elaborate dance numbers, when you took a moment to be in a small, simple, song, it made it all the more powerful. Like this song, from Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s first hit, and one of the all time great gangster films.
5. I love you because you were amazing in the quiet moments in this song, from the first film to win you a FilmFare award.
6. I love you because you could have given up after your first movie flopped, but instead you kept trying and working for 4 years until you finally made it big.
7. I love you because that first movie, and the company that discovered you, was Rajshri films. And you still trusted them 10 years later, enough to agree to be in Hum Aapke Hain Koun.
8. I love you because you were still in school studying micro-biology at the same time you were working on 4 movies and trying to be an actress.
9. I love you because you co-starred with Vinod Khanna in your 8th film, and you co-starred with Vinod’s son Akshaye in your 54th film, a career that spanned a generation in just 9 years.
10. I love you because even after 9 flops, you still kept going and working to achieve your dreams, before finally hitting it big with Tezaab.
11. I love you because you weren’t afraid to be sexy.
12. I love you because you weren’t afraid to use your sexiness to promote even a weaker film.
13. I love you because you could also be more than just a glamorous object of desire, you could make simple married life look flirty and fun too.
14. And you could make being a barber or a paan chewing paanmaker look sexy.
15. And I love you because you can turn a simple children’s folk song into something that is somehow both sexy, and still innocent.
16. I love you because you always made her co-stars look better, making you believe that Anil Kapoor is sexy, Vinod Khanna is young, and Aamir Khan is tall.
17. I love you because you worked incredibly hard, making 20 movies between your launch in 1984 and the end of that decade, 9 coming out in 1989 alone.
18. I love you because you refused to be just a sexy dancer, even in the film that features your “Dhak Dhak” number, you are at least as memorable for your strong character and performance as for your sexy dance moves.
19. I love you because you were the true star of Hum Aapke Hain Koun, the film which finally toppled Sholay‘s reign over the box office, and everyone knows it. Salman was just there to make your look good.
20. I love you because you had the national adoration, and clever PR skills to avoid any damage from Sanjay’s terrorism arrest in 1993, despite being rumored to be dating him at the time, and co-starring with him in a huge release.
21. I love you because you infused the typical simple and pure and childish Rajshri heroine with so much spunk, you didn’t even notice this was a song sung by a 20 year old college student about eating candy!
22. I love you because you took the moves from an American classic (“Steam Heat” from Pajama Game, choreographed by Bob Fosse) and made them your own.
23. I love you because you somehow made a childrens’ game with shoes into a thrilling romantic duel filled with sexual tension.
24. I love you because you somehow made a song about asking your mother to find you a husband turn into a song with a bit of a wink in it, something that was more like “I’ll pretend my mother is finding me a husband, but we all know I am going to be picking out my own man!”
25. I love you because at the end of this song, Salman Khan bows down to her awesomeness, as is only right.