Sridevi, who before entering Bollywood, was already a big name down South. Tamil cinema had given Sridevi her first major break when she was only 13 with acclaimed director’s Moondru Mudichu (1976) alongside his other two favourite protégés, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth. And It was in Tamil cinema that the Sridevi genius was nurtured and matured. Sridevi’s stint in the Telugu cinema was also equally successful. With her daughter Jhanvi Kapoor itching to maker her debut, the mother is keen to guide her in a way that she can only hope her daughter to become anything like her.
So, on the legendary actress’ 54th birthday, we list down five of Sridevi’s most revered films. Here they are
A beautiful story of a man rescuing from a brothel a grown up girl who behaves like a 6 year-old due to a car accident resulting in a brain injury. Weeks pass by as he cares and protects her from one and all. Sridevi was given much praise for her performance in this film as she convincingly played the part without sounding too cute.
Anju and Manju are separated twins, and are poles apart in nature. Sridevi here plays a double role for the first time as she plays both the twins and she puts in a great performance as well. While the gentle Anju is bullied by all, Manju is a street-smart girl. By a twist of fate, they end up switching places and cause an upheaval.
Mr India (1987)
How could this not make the list? The song ‘Kaate Nahin Kat Te‘ comes from this film where she oozed sensuality in that iconic blue chiffon saree in the song. The film was a turning point for Sridevi as the film was loved and recognised, especially the lead stars Anil Kapoor and Ms Journalist Sridevi in the film.
Sridevi’s last film before she bowed out of the industry, where she gave it her all. The actress was splendid in the film, and ended her legendary career on a high. Judaai is a melodrama directed by the late Raj Kanwar. It features Sridevi at her absolute best. The way she lifts some mundane scenes has to be seen to be believed.
English Vinglish (2012)
This film marked Sridevi’s comeback in the film industry that gave the language difference message before Hindi Medium. Yup, Sridevi did it before it was cool. In this film, Sridevi is playing a housewife and caterer who is usually mocked by her family for not knowing English. Her attempt to learn the language helps her rediscover herself and reassert her value as a mother and as a wife.
Anyway, it takes a legend to be a diva even at 54. Happy 54th, Sridevi!