[[caption-width-right:330:All hail the Queen of Bollywood]]

If, in the grand hierarchy of UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}}, Creator/AmitabhBachchan is its Emperor and Creator/ShahRukhKhan its King, then the title of Queen would go, without a doubt, to Madhuri Dixit (aka, the Dhak Dhak Girl, the Diva, and Madz, born 15 May 1967).

Classically trained in the Kathak form of dance, her skills coupled with her ability to act and her 100-watt smile made her an all-rounder in an industry where most actresses excelled in only one or two (and perhaps none) of those catagories. When compared to Hollywood actresses, she is always compared to Julia Roberts, who has a similar smile and face.

Debuted in 1984, became famous in 1988, and ruled Bollywood until her retirement in 2002 to spend time with her then-newborn son, she continues to inspire new actresses today, and producers all over the Bollywood scene continue to look for the "next Madhuri", who herself is often compared to and placed at the same level as other legendary actresses of the yesteryear, including Creator/{{Nargis}} and {{Madhubala}}.

Moved back to India in 2011 and has a couple of comeback roles in movies in the works.

She is an example of the following tropes:

!!Associated tropes:

* DanceSensation: Her skills as a dancer, coupled with very good songs helped her launch more than her fair share of popular beats throughout India.
* [[DamselInDistress Distressed Damsel]]: Due to how things were in the era of films when she was most active, she often got these roles. However, she was noted as being among the first to start actively [[SubvertedTrope subverting the trope]].
* PimpedOutDress: In many a role, but especially in ''Bollywood/{{Devdas}}'', where she plays the HighClassCallGirl Chandramukhi.
** Lately has taken to doing this in real life as well.
* PlayingAgainstType: Became famous in an era where all an actress had to do was look pretty and get saved by the hero. Played against the type by often ending up being the only thing the audience could remember about the film, either with her acting or with her dancing, showing up the Hero constantly. Codified many tropes in play with the Bollywood Heroines of today.
* SheReallyCanAct: Did the indie film Mrityurdand entirely to prove this.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Often paired up with Creator/ShahRukhKhan and Creator/AnilKapoor in her movies, but also had the same chemistry even with leading men she worked less often with, such as Creator/SalmanKhan and Creator/SanjayDutt.