Mumbai, Feb 25 (PTI) With her memorable performances in films such as “Sadma”, “Lamhe”, “Chandni” and “Mr India”, veteran actor Sridevi has inspired a whole generation of artistes with Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smriti Irani, being one of them.  (Get LIVE updates on Sridevi’s funeral in Mumbai) Also Read - Goa Lockdown News: 'Complete Shutdown' in State on These Days; Janata Curfew From Today Till August 10, Check Timings Here

Following the sudden demise of the actor, who died late at Saturday night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, Irani wrote an emotional letter remembering her “favourite star who defined joy in my childhood”. Also Read - International Flights: Stranded Indians in UAE Wanting to Fly Back Home? Emirates to Operate Repatriation Flights to These 5 Indian Cities | Check Details

“I pay homage to an actor who through her body of work ascertained that a female actress’ place in a commercial Hindi movie is not only to compliment her male counterparts,” Irani wrote in a letter published by News18. Also Read - Indian Teenager in UAE Hops Across Ruler 101 Times in 30 Seconds, Creates Guinness World Record

“My memories of Sridevi are built through my journey from being a fan girl to an actor and then my role as a politician. I have had opportunities to meet Sridevi in public engagements and industry events, and each time I went back knowing a little more about her.

“She was a woman who knew her mind and despite the challenges that came her way, she approached life with a lot of dignity. The actor in me was influenced by her work in movies like ‘Chalbaaz’, ‘Chandni’, ‘Sadma’ and the effortless performance in ‘Lamhe’,” she said.

The minister described Sridevi as the first female superstar of the Indian film industry, who shouldered many ’90s blockbusters alone.

“That her male co-stars had to depend on her magic for their box office success was an ode to her calibre,” she added.

Irani praised the actor for her versatility through which she could make the audience sail through a sea of emotions.

“It was not just her dance move that dazzled many, her comic timing is worth a study. The versatility with which she could oscillate between making her audience cry and laugh spoke volumes of her strength as an actor.” Irani last met Sridevi at the International Film Festival of India in Goa in November 2017. PTI SHD RDS SHD SHD

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