Finally met Madhuri Dixit.
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I finally met Madhuri Dixit
I showed her my 20 years of collection of her photos, newspaper cuttings, articles, right from 1992 to 2012.
Ever since childhood, I danced to her songs, imitated her expressions, learned her dialogs by heart, and it was all fun. Yeah, I too can roll my eyes and raise one eyebrow at a time effortlessly. Dancing is something I loved originally, and as I watched her dance, I couldn't resist dancing too. Just that being a boy I could not dance to her songs and / or like her. This often made me wish that I were a girl
To add to that, people said that they liked my smile and dance. Be it in school, college, or office, I don't remember how I used to let people know that I am one of the biggest Madhurifans. Now, they call me the male version of Madhuri Dixit. People always knew me better as a Madhurifan, with one of the best names someone gave me, "Madya". Some people say that I am spiritually connected with her. Most of them call me "mad" (pun unintended), but from what I mostly see, people are amazed more than anything else.
This is the Facebook Post embedded on my Official Facebook Page.
About people remembering me around the world:
It is interesting and lovely to know that people remember me whenever they watch Madhuri on TV or in newspapers. Whenever my well-wishers (from office, family, or anywhere else) see her photos / posters / wax statue, they say that they remember me, and I don't think there can be a bigger compliment than this! I remember one of my colleagues went to the U.S., and he saw a huge poster of Madhuri Dixit's in a restaurant there. He clicked the photo and sent it to me over official email telling me that he remembered me on seeing it.
There are countless such lovely moments.
I had written a letter to her in 1993 and had received her reply too with a photo and some stuff printed behind it. The envelope was torn, and something was stolen out of it, and I cried that day.
I have hundreds of her photos, newspaper cuttings, etc. collected since the year of Beta. I remember how my school-mates used to sell me those so-called original photos of HAHK for Rs. 5/- each and that too used to be so costly then. Otherwise, post-card size photos costing Re. 1/- then - that typical paper-make I can still remember. I'm really amazed at myself as to how I have maintained all those pictures till date. I had stored all of that in a brown-colored Brief Case. It was only a few months before meeting her that I got the chance to stick most of them properly into a huge wedding album. It was not done with the intention of showing it to her, but just as part of my self-organization. You can see the album by clicking here.
I got an opportunity to be part of the audience in the Nach Baliye-3 show on 26th November 2007 (when she was there for promoting Aaja Nachle) with the Orkut's Group and got to see Madhuri in person. We clicked a group picture with her, which was enough for a memory. Couldn't talk or "meet her" as such though, but I was glad I got to see the person I admired since childhood.
You must hear that overall day's experience from me in-person.
That was the same year when I launched the website www.madhurifan.com. I held quite a few Madhurifan Contests, and gifted quite a few innovative prizes to winners. It was fun. One of them, I remember, is the Madhurifan T-shirt - with Madhuri's photo printed on it. I am glad to have pioneered this idea.
I tried a couple of more chances to meet her, but in vain, however, last time I decided that I wouldn't aspire to meet her again. I got this gifted opportunity to meet her on the 11-Feb-2012 at Film City, Goregaon, Mumbai outside her vanity van. This was the same day when Madhuri mimicking various artists (Vidya Balan, SRK, Dhanush, Charlie Chaplin, Mithun-ji, etc.) was being done inside. We were standing right outside and hearing the claps.
While taking that huge album to her, I told her that I'd trouble her a bit by showing it to her, to which she replied, "No, not at all", and she was really very happy to see it. Her driver was kind enough to help me uncover the album.
That album contains similarities between me and her on the first page, and she smiled on reading that. She saw the entire album, page-by-page, told me that she didn't remember most of them, and was very glad to see some rare ones too. She called that album a 'pothi' (means codex in Hindi). Her mere statement mentioning - I must have taken so much trouble maintaining that album - paid-off all the hard-work and efforts I took in maintaining that collection. She thanked me many times while seeing all the pages. Took her autograph on the last cover page, and later also took a t-shirt that I had printed long ago and took her autograph on that too. And the pictures with her followed. I am deeply thankful to Nitesh and Smita for clicking my pictures and the video. They both are two other big Madhuri Dixit fans.
It was a nice experience meeting Madhuri Dixit in-person. Meeting her was the culmination of my Madhurifan-ship. I had planned to meet Madhuri's wax statue at Madame Tussauds, London if I couldn't meet her until 31-Mar-2012, but I am really glad that I met her before 'meeting' the statue. Some people bluntly say, "You're lucky you got to meet her", or "I'm jealous of you", without knowing the hard work and perseverance that was done in the background for over 20 years.
This write-up cannot end without thanking all my fans and well-wishers, who clicked a simple LIKE button on Facebook and helped my 20 years of wish finally fructify. More than me, I think they were all happy that I met Madhuri Dixit. "You deserved to win this contest and meet her", was the best thing to hear. I do not belong to any Madhuri Dixit Fan Club, Group, or Community, and neither did meet her as part of any group. It was like as-if the Universe orchestrated it for me with the help of all those who knew how big a Madhurifan I've been. My love and wishes to each and every one of them. (The funny thing about the meet was that the Oral-B Coordinator guy didn't even inform me WHERE I was supposed to come. Fortunately, I was with other co-winners as well, and we somehow figured it out.)
I will cherish the moments of meeting her for the rest of my life. Her songs are still in my daily Playlist. I still watch her dances and movies regularly and repeatedly. She has been a very very important contributor to my life.
I have watched HAHK more than 40 times by now, many other movies countless times, Dedh Ishqiya thrice on theatre. For Aaja Nachle, I had treated 20 of my co-workers to this movie by booking seats for them.
Most of her songs (from the 90s till date) are part of my daily hears, and so much that even my family has ended-up in learning those songs by heart Any song of hers is amazing, but my top few favorite songs of hers are linked on this page. They have a lot of Madhuri-ness in them. I never cared whether her movies fared well on the box office, or whether the public liked it or not. I loved them all always...