Close encounter with Madhuri Dixit…

See, I know that would grab your attention. So I will stick to the topic at hand. At a club the other day. The kind of club that is frequented by television and Bollywood stars. Naturally, then I sat in the foyer looking like something the cat brought in and then refused to even chew on, and spat out in disgust, while I wait to meet some friends I have to meet. No, I am not a member. I dont even want to be. I would die of agony everytime I had to visit, and face the horror of being confronted by such visions of perfection, buffed and polished and matching matching from tip to toe.

And then she walked in. In a simple kurti and jeans. Not a scrap of make up on her face. Holding two little boys with adorable cuteness written all over them, and double stamped to ensure you noticed them and went awwwww. And you looked at her with the strange feeling that you know her from somewhere and maybe you should be polite and smile at her in case she feels you are being snooty. And so you smile your “Hell, I think I know you from somewhere and am damned if I can remember right now,” smile. And she smiles back with a smile so brilliant your brain suddenly lights up with mega stadiumlights of recognition and she passes you, leaving you kicking yourself on the shin for being such a doofus (metaphorically of course, because you are rooted in shock to your seat and cannot for the life of you lift yourself agilely off the deep sofas you’ve plonked yourself into) and not running behind her and begging her for an autograph signed out to the husband which would have made him worship you at the altar of The Perfect Wife for the rest of your days together.

And for those who are curious, this woman is not photogenic. Not by a long shot. Thats how beautiful she is.

And yes, the husband moped around with square jaw atย mid-calf level for days, and watched re runs of Madhuri movies in mourning for opportunity missed, when he was informed by a chuckling moi as to a cheeky “Guess whom I saw today???”. Yes, this after her becoming do bachcho ki maa.ย  Didn’t see this devotion to moi even when I was no bachchon ki maa…

Kind of makes one want to curl up in some corner and fast unto death in protest. One could least knock off some kilos in the process. Looking so good should be banned by the law.


About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boyโ€™s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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20 Responses to Close encounter with Madhuri Dixit…

  1. Aathira says:

    I did not know she looked that pretty in person too.

    I thought she had a kid… not two small cute awwww boys ๐Ÿ˜€

    Two small cuties. The younger one couldve been the brat, chubbier.


  2. M says:

    Oh I hear you! Madhuri lives in my friend’s subdivision here in US, and according to my friend, is a very standard issue suburban desi-mom – shuttles her kids to Kumon math, worries about school choice (their subdivision has a choice of two elementary schools) and is very approachable.
    Unsurprisingly, there are party poopers everywhere who try to trade on this nature of hers and over the course of 5+ years, she’s grown more wary of desis who approach her at the local pool/park etc.

    Her smile is really something, isn’t it? I used to think, she’s not really pretty except for that smile…


    Oh you are so mistaken. She is delicately pretty. Not an obvious beauty that strikes you in the face, but a soft radiance that had me powdering my panda eyes when she left.


  3. Veena says:

    I have to say – my husband’s reaction would’ve been the same…

    And guess who is offering to drop the brat off on playdates at clubs now???


  4. CA says:

    You managed to smile atleast … didn’t know she was so beautiful … I always thought make up can make wonders ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think she is better looking without the make up. Keep in mind she is forty plus now. She could give some of em young uns a run for their money.


  5. Orange Jammies says:

    Egad, K, where on earth do you hang out??! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    I dont. I was guest of the brat’s friend’s mom. Since she is also actress type. And the brat was at the club on a playdate with BFF. You know. Escort service.


  6. mandira says:

    oh wow.. lucky you. i really dont like movie/tv stars that are so full of themselves that they expect you to fall at their feet when u see them.(have seen a couple of them around bbay/airports.. and to me it look like these guys thrive on public adolation/attention..)i like dignified people who arent overly conscious of their being ms.dixit. the fact that she dances like a dream ,looks half her age and look totally content with where she is in life rt now are other reasons why i like her.


  7. M says:

    OK, now my head is seriously messed up – Playdates for 5 year olds at a club? I really must live under a rock.

    Oh and I agree that Madhuri looks great now – my opinion of her was when she was a skinny thing, who danced well, but in repose, she didn’t look that good – plus she had horrible skin (blame the makeup?). She’s certainly one of those who’s aged fantastically, especially if her statements about not getting work done are true. But have you seen her husband -recent pics? There’s someone who’s aged badly! Sure a surgeon’s life is pretty stressful etc. but even so…



  8. Dottie says:

    ooooooh. I could have traded plces with you! I am told she is a stunner in real life. do you know she and I share the same budday? Sadly the similarity ends there ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Abha says:

    i would have never though she looks gorgeous in real life considering she looked really average and bad skin et al wearing awesome 80’s clothes in movies!

    hubby ofcos pretty much worships the ground she walks on! next time get picture for Hubby! :p


  10. emi says:

    I must say that you write very well I am your fan now…….I read the whole post without stopping…interesting


  11. Poppins says:

    OMG she’s like my favourite, I agree with you, she can give these Kareenas and Bipashas a run for their money. I heard that she looks dimunitive in person..


  12. Gayatri says:

    OMG I LOVE Madhuri!!!
    Wait I want to say more…oh no I can’t think!


  13. Sagar says:

    This is so wonderful. We had a similar experience on the sets of Nach Baliye-3, when we’d been to meet Madhuri in her special episode.

    It was an out of the world experience that I can never ever forget…

    You are very lucky ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sagar Sonker


  14. geeta says:

    hi, you guys saw the pic of Madhuri’s secretary with her in her Jan 2009 photos and have mistaken him for her hubby. dr nene looks young too and is a good match for our Mads!


  15. john says:

    I worship upon the altar of Madhuri Dixit, Empress of Hindustani Cinema!


  16. sachin says:




  17. jyoti says:

    Madhuri Dixit is the best actress ever

    I would debate that. She is a good actress. And a beautiful one. But the best? I dont know.


  18. Prachi says:

    Madhuri is the most graceful and most versatile actress of all times, the best of all.


  19. Sudipta says:

    Madhuri is phenomeal. She is the most versatile and most graceful actress of all time.


  20. Renu says:

    I can so identify the feeling….โ€œHell, I think I know you from somewhere and am damned if I can remember right now..I felt th same when I saw Vivek Oberoi and his father:)


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