When Madhuri Dixit revealed Shriram Nene could only identify Amitabh Bachchan at wedding party; said, ‘I know that face’

Madhuri Dixit, who celebrates her 55th birthday on Sunday, May 15, surprised many when she tied the knot with Dr. Shriram Nene and moved to the United States. Shriram, a cardiovascular surgeon from Los Angeles, California, had no idea about Madhuri’s star status in India and had not seen any of her films. Madhuri later said that Shriram’s lack of knowledge about the Bollywood industry was one of the main reasons why she chose him as a partner, as he did not meet her with a preconceived notion about her. Also read | Madhuri Dixit’s husband Shriram Nene drops her off at the airport 2 crore Porsche; fan says “This is called class”

Madhuri and Shriram joined forces on October 17, 1999, in a traditional ceremony held at her older brother’s home in Southern California. They later held a wedding reception in Mumbai, which was visited by many popular names in the Bollywood industry, in addition to prominent politicians. Actors such as Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu and Sridevi were present at the event, but Shriram could not recognize any of them. In an interview with Simi Garewal a few years after her wedding, Madhuri had shared that the only star her husband could recognize was Amitabh Bachchan, as he had seen a film of him as a child.

She said in the interview, “Me and his mom, we kind of tried to show him one of my movies and say ‘watch this song.’ And he says, ‘Can’t we do something else? Let’s go out and do something. “He’s never seen many Bollywood movies. It’s a different sensitivity, but he loved Devdas.” Devdas, who also played Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai in addition to Madhuri, was released in 2002 – three years after her and Shriram’s wedding.

Madhuri recalled Shriram’s ignorance at their wedding reception, “I think the only star he recognized at my reception was Mr Amitabh Bachchan. He had seen his film when he went to school, and it was Amar Akbar Anthony (1977). So (he is like) ‘Yes, I think I know that face.’ I say “yes, you know him because of that movie.”

After her marriage, Madhuri moved to Denver, Colorado, for over a decade. She gave birth to a son, Arin, in March 2003 and welcomed another son, Ryan, in March 2005. The family moved back to Mumbai with her in October 2011.

Madhuri made her acting debut at the age of 17 with the drama Abodh from 1984, after which she continued to star in films such as Tezaab, Beta, Dil, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Mrityudand, Dil To Paagal Hai, Devdas and more. She was last seen in the Netflix series The Fame Game, which also starred actors Sanjay Kapoor and Manav Kaul and marked her OTT debut. She will next appear in the Amazon Prime Video film Maja Maa, which will also feature Gajraj Rao, Barkha Singh and Ritwik Bhowmik.

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