When you think of the best dancers in Bollywood, Madhuri Dixit is one of the first names to pop into your minds. Since the 80s, the actress has been dazzling the big screen with her graceful moves. Even today, no actor or actress can compare.

But where did it all start? Madhuri’s acting career began with a series of flops. Her first hit film Tezaab also made her famous for her dancing skills. The films that followed had Madhuri in several dance numbers. These songs were highly popular back in the day, making Madhuri even more famous. On her birthday, let’s take a look at her timeline here:

Ek Do Teen

This dance number from Tezaab put Madhuri in the spotlight. Filmmakers took notice and this was the beginning of the dance sensation that became Madhuri Dixit.

Humko Aaj Kal Hai Intezaar

After Tezaab, Madhuri Dixit was every filmmaker’s first choice in dance numbers. This performance from Sailaab tells you why.

Tamma Tamma Loge

This popular song from Thanedaar was reprised in Badrinath Ki Dulhania. The original had Madhuri and Sanjay Dutt as the lead pair.

Dhak Dhak Karne Laga

Madhuri received her famous nickname ‘Dhak Dhak Girl’ after this sensual number from Beta. It remains one of her most popular songs till date.

Choli Ke Peeche

Both Madhuri Dixit and Neena Gupta shared the spotlight for this dance number from Khalnayak, but Madhuri was the one who grabbed eyeballs and gained praise.

Chane Ke Khet Mein

The ‘90s was the highlight of Madhuri’s career. Every song she danced in became an instant hit, such as this track from Anjaam.

Didi Tera Devar Deewana

Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! saw Salman Khan pair up with Madhuri Dixit for the third time. This time, their chemistry worked brilliantly, and the movie was a superhit.

Mera Piya Ghar Aaya

Madhuri’s Midas touch continued till the mid-90s. This dance number from Yaarana was one of her last popular songs of the decade.

Akhiyaan Milao Kabhi

After romancing Anil Kapoor in a number of films, Madhuri Dixit also paired up with his brother Sanjay Kapoor for the 1995 film Raja.

Key Sera Sera

After a couple of years, Madhuri returned to the spotlight with this popular track from Pukar. Choreographer Prabhu Deva also joined her in the song.

Badi Mushkil

Madhuri Dixit may not have been the lead actress in Lajja, but she certainly won hearts with this popular dance number from the film.

Maar Daala

Once again, Madhuri was sidelined to a supporting actor, but her performance in Devdas won her the Filmfare. Her songs Maar Daala and Dola Re also hit the charts that year.

Aaja Nachle

This movie was Madhuri Dixit’s much-needed comeback to the big screen. She performed in the title track, which was the sole reason for the movie’s popularity.

Happy birthday to the Bollywood dancing queen!