New Delhi, Feb 25: The sudden demise of Bollywood first female superstar Sridevi has sent shock waves across the country.It will be hard for her fans to forget her bright eyes, curly locks and sprightly personality.
Veteran Bollywood actress Sridevi died after suffering massive cardiac arrest in Dubai on Saturday. She was 54. Her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi was with her at the time of death. She was with the entire Kapoor family in UAE to attend the wedding ceremony of Mohit Marwah. Her elder daughter Janhvi did not attend the wedding because of the shooting schedule for her upcoming Bollywood film ‘Dhadak’.
Sridevi was born in the year 1963 to Ayyapan Yanger and Rajeswari Yanger, and was named Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. Her father was a lawyer. She, a Padma Shri awardee in 2013, began her career at the tender age of four in Thirumugham’s devotional film, Thunaivan (1969). She was a child artiste in the film, Julie (1975). With Solva Saavan, Sridevi made her foray into Bollywood as the lead actor in 1979.
She was down with fever and had 103 degrees temperature, when she was shooting for the popular song Na Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai in Chalbaaz (1989). Sridevi also did playback singing for films such as Sadma (1983), Chandni (1989), Garajna (1991) and Kshana Kshanam (1991).
Not many know that Sridevi has turned down the offer of Steven Spielberg. The director considered her to play a brief role in Jurassic Park (1993). However, she said no owing to Bollywood projects.
For two of the most important films in her life, Sridevi was the second choice. Nagina (1986) was first offered to Jaya Prada and Rekha was considered for Chandni. Sridevi actually spelt her name as Sreedevi, but she never corrected the spelling of her name in film credits. She was especially noted for her impeccable timing as a comedienne.
Sridevi’s iconic Bollywood movies include Sadma (remake of Moondram Pirai), Mr India, Chandni, Chaalbaaz (in a dual role with Sunny Deol and Rajinikanth), Khuda Gawah (double role of an Afghani mother and daughter, opposite Amitabh Bachchan), Lamhe, and Gumrah.
Later, she took a 15-year-long break from movies in 1997, a year after her marriage. She returned in 2012 with English Vinglish. Sridevi stunned fans with her performance as a villainous queen in “Puli”, which also marked her comeback to Tamil cinema after a gap of more than two decades.
On her Twitter handle, Sridevi – who had last retweeted a performance on a originally picturized on her as a tribute to the Bollywood diva – preferred to describe herself as “Actor-MOM-Housewife-Actor Again!”
Sridevi is survived by Boney Kapoor and two daughters – Janhvi and Khushi. She was Boney’s second wife. Her elder daughter Janhvi is set to make her Bollywood debut this year with Karan Johar’s directorial Dhadak. Sridevi was step-mother to actor Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula, who Boney had from late first wife Mona.