Madhuri Dixit is a huge figure in Indian cinema, but this is the first in-depth study of her career and star persona.Dixit has 6.72 million followers on Twitter.Illustrated with images from Dixit's films, film posters and an image of her waxwork at Madame Tussaud's, London.Dr Nandana Bose is Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at FLAME University, India.A wide-ranging account of the Indian film star Madhuri Dixit, one of the most popular actresses of Hindi cinema. Nandana Bose's study traces Dixit's twenty-five year career, exploring her star persona, her indelible impact on Indian popular culture, and her continuing popularity even in middle age. Nandana Bose discusses Dixit's unusual and distinctive career trajectory that upends pre-existing models of female stardom, by marrying at the peak of her career, withdrawing from the limelight for years, and then returning to extend her career into her early fifties by reinventing herself as a transmedia celebrity for a new generation. However, it is her unique talent as a dancer, and her innovative choreographic styles and repertoire of movements that make her standout from other Hindi film stars. Surveying Dixit's film-making career, Bose argues that she represents a wholesome and traditional figure of femininity that has resonated across class and cultural hierarchies at a time of great economic and social change in India.An in-depth study of the career and star persona of Madhuri Dixit, iconic star of Hindi cinema.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS INTRODUCTION INDIA'S DHAK-DHAK/HEARTBEAT GIRL: RISE TO STARDOM A ZEITGEIST ICON THE DANCING STAR FROM STAR TO CELEBRITY NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY FILMOGRAPHY INDEXStars are an integral part of the global film industry. This is as true today, in the age of celebrity culture, as in the studio era. Each book in this major new BFI series focuses on an international film star, tracing the development of their star persona, their career trajectory and their acting and performance style. Some also examine the cultural significance of a star's work, as well as their lasting influence and legacy. The series ranges across a wide historical and geographical spectrum, from silent to contemporary cinema and from Hollywood to Asian cinemas, and addresses both child and adult stardom.
Dr. Nandana Bose is Associate Professor at the Foundation for Liberal Arts and Management Education (FLAME) in Pune, India. She was Associate Professor at the Department of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), USA from 2009 to 2017. She has been published in such journals as Cinema Journal, Celebrity Studies, Feminist Media Studies, Velvet Light Trap, and Studies in South Asian Film and Media, and anthologies such as Figurations in Indian Film (2010), Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship Around the World (2013), and Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Bollywood Directors and their Cinema (2017).