(Los Angeles, CA) – One of India’s most accomplished and influential female actresses of all time, Madhuri Dixit, released her second single titled “Tu Hai Mera,” this past weekend on her birthday May 15th. A pop song at its core, “Tu Hai Mera” is a love letter to her fans thanking them for all their encouragement over the years. “My fans are a huge part of my journey and their support means everything to me. They are my biggest strength” Madhuri says.
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This release follows the astounding success of her first single “Candle,” which launched during the lockdown, was dedicated to the Covid-19 frontline workers, and helped raise money for Covid relief. The song garnered 1 billion views across all social platforms in just 2 weeks, including TikTok where Madhuri initiated her viral #CandleOfHope challenge. She also became the first Indian artist to do an integration with Amazon Alexa for a customized voice response, during this release.
Co-written by Madhuri, “Tu Hai Mera” brings together years of artistry while seamlessly creating an amalgamation of different cultures: English, Hindi and Punjabi. A song dedicated to her loyal fans, with lyrics assuring them they’ll always be together, “Tu Hai Mera” opens up with a sampling from the Punjabi Folk song “Laung Gawacha.” While Madhuri sings the song predominately in English, she still stays true to her roots by starting each chorus with “Tu Hai Mera,” which in Hindi means “you and me, you are mine.”
From the outside looking in, Madhuri’s legacy and body of work is undoubtedly staggering; but there’s more to be explored. She’s an icon in her own right, an all round artist who is now further exploring a new dimension of her creativity, through music.
Madhuri kicked off 2022 by speaking with The New York Times and Variety about her streaming acting debut in Netflix India’s hit series “The Fame Game.” This role comes as no surprise to the fans who have been following Madhuri from her acting debut in 1984. Born and raised in Mumbai, Madhuri’s accolades have now accumulated to over 70 Bollywood films, 100s of live concerts all around the world, 200+ magazine covers [Vogue India, Harper’s BAZAAR India, Marie Claire India], multiple awards and nominations across film, dance and television. In 2008, the Government of India awarded her with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor of the country; and she has also become the fourth Indian personality to be felicitated at the Madame Tussauds in London.
Madhuri is regarded as one of the accomplished and influential actresses of Indian cinema. Throughout the late 1980s, the 1990s and the early 2000s, Dixit was among the highest paid actresses in the Indian entertainment industry. In 2000, the Guinness World Records book featured her as the highest paid Indian actress. Madhuri was placed at the first position by NDTV in 2012, in the listing of “The most popular Bollywood actresses of all time”. Madhuri has a significant following in the South Asian diaspora. While analyzing her career, Reuters published, “In her prime, Dixit was the undisputed queen of Bollywood, the world’s largest film industry by audience size, and her popularity and fees rivaled even the biggest male stars.” Throughout her career, Madhuri has played roles in both mainstream productions and independent films, and appeared in a range of film genres. The New York Times called Madhuri, “India’s biggest female star”.
Madhuri featured in Box Office India’s Top Actresses list for ten consecutive years. In 2001, Forbes placed her at fifth position in the list of “top five most powerful Indian film stars”. In 2001, Madhuri was awarded the National Citizens’ Award for her work and contribution to Indian cinema. In 2008, the Government of India honored her with the Padma Shri for her contribution to Indian Cinema. The Sathyabama University honored her as the “Inspiring Icon of India” in 2015. An unauthorized biography of her named Madhuri Dixit, written by professor Nandana Bose was released in 2019.
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