A career started 50 years back at a tender age of 4. A smile that took Bollywood by storm with as many as 300 movies to her name. She was fierce yet funny powerhouse of talent in the 80’s; mesmerizing “Chandni” of the 90’s and an epitome of strength as MOM of the 20’s. She was Sridevi, the most loved character actresses of Bollywood is no more among us. Sridevi took her last breathe in Dubai last Saturday, unfortunately. She was attending a family wedding ceremony with her husband and younger daughter, Khushi Kapoor. While her elder daughter, Jahnvi Kapoor stayed back in Mumbai owing to her shooting schedule. Jahnvi Kapoor, the first daughter of Sridevi, will be making her debut with “Dhadak” this year in Bollywood.
The sudden demise of the actress has left Bollywood fraternity stunned beyond words. Actress of her caliber are rarely found in Bollywood. Her acting journey started quite early. She debuted as a child artist in Thunaivan in 1969. The roles enacted by her for the south film industry, soon help her rose to fame. Sridevi’s foray into the Hindi cinema as a fully-fledged actress started with Himmatwala in 1983, opposite Jeetendra. The film was a huge hit and cemented Sridevi’s feet in the Hindi cinema. In 1996, she married well-known Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor. Let us take your through some of the facts related to mega star, Sridevi.
First Bollywood Female Superstar
Sridevi, Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, was born in Tamil Nadu on 13th August 1963. Started young, Sridevi performed with all her heart for every role she portrayed in the film industry. Sridevi is regarded as the first female superstar in Bollywood for her roles and strong screen presence, which sometimes overshadowed the male leads of the film. Mawali, Tohfa, Mr. India, Waqt Ki Awaz, Sadma, Nagina, Chalbaaz, Lamhe, Laadla, Judaai were some of the movies which established her as a super-duper star of the 80’s and 90’s era.
Padma Shri in 2013
The actress was awarded with Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013. Padma Shri is the 5th highest civilian honor in the country. She also received prestigious state honors from the governments of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala.
First Role as an Adult Actor
She started her acting career as a child artist. Her success in acting may look surprising to many, as her father was a lawyer and mother was a homemaker. There was no connection to acting as a career in her family. Her first role as the adult actor was in a Tamil film, Moondru Mudichu in 1976.
Top 5 most loved actresses of Yash Chopra
Indian media constantly called her as the most preferred actress of Yash Chopra movies in the Bollywood industry. For the late director, Yash Chopra, Sridevi acted and lived the role of quintessential Delhi girl Chandni, opposite Rishi Kapoor and late Vinod Khanna. Her character still lives on in the hearts of millions of Sridevi fans till today.
Successful Comeback in 2012
Sridevi announced her comeback with Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish in 2012. The movie was premiered during Toronto in IIFA Awards. Sridevi was immensely applauded for portraying a Marathi submissive mother who goes on to learn English. After this role, she was praised widely by the International media as the Meryl Streep of Bollywood.
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