On 24th February 2018, the world lost one of the biggest stars on this planet but a husband lost his wife, daughters lost their mother. The brightest star in the Bollywood was lost.
Sridevi was an actor par excellence she acted every role that she played, be it the crazy crime reporter Seema in Mr India, a middle-class Indian housewife ‘Shashi Godbole’ trying to find her place in her household in English vinglish or a mom ‘Devki’ trying to avenge her daughter in mom.
Being a 90s kid I have grown up watching a lot of movies in which Sridevi has acted be it Mr.India, Lamhe, Chandini etc. Watching her movies was somewhat like a family ritual for us. She was a superstar in the 80s and 90s and was a superstar even in this decade even after not being so active on the screen. A loving wife, a doting mother a superstar in every role that she played is no more with us.
Born on 13th august 1963 as shree amma yanger ayyapan in sivakasi, tamil nadu, india, Sridevi started her career as a child actor at the age of four in the Tamil movie Kandan Karunai in 1967 at the age of 4.
She played the role of young Muruga in Thunaivan. She made her debut in Tollywood as a child artist with the 1970 Telugu film Maa Nanna Nirdoshi. Baby Sridevi’s performance in Poompatta (1971) in Malayalam won her the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist.Sridevi debuted as a child artist in Bollywood with Rani Mera Naam.She acted with Jayalalitha in Thirumangalyam, Kandan Karunai and Adi Parashakti.
In 1976, Sridevi started her first leading role in the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu directed by K. Balachander. She followed it with a number of films with Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.
Sridevi made her debut as a child artiste in Kannada with Bhakta Kumbara (1974). Her other films as a child artist in Kannada included Bala Bharatam and Yashoda Krishna.She made her debut in Malayalam films with Kumara Sambhava in 1969 as a child actor.
In 1982, Sridevi starred in Moondram Pirai playing a woman suffering from amnesia and went on to win the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress. She was paired with Kamal Hasan in 27 films across languages. Her performance in the 1992 Ram Gopal Varma directed Kshana Kshanam opposite Venkatesh, won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu and Andhra’s Nandi Award for Best Actress.
Sridevi made her debut as a heroine in Hindi films in Solva Sawan in 1979.Himmatwala released in 1983 and became one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. It established Sridevi in Bollywood and earned her the famous sobriquet ‘Thunder Thighs’.
Her dance number “Nainon Mein Sapna” is still a rage.Tohfa released and turned out to be the biggest hit of 1984.The film established Sridevi as one of the leading actresses of Bollywood with Filmfare magazine declaring her “Unquestionably No.1” on their cover.
The pair of Jeetendra-Sridevi did 16 films together of which Himmatwala (1983), Jaani Dost (1983), Justice Chaudhry (1983), Mawaali(1983), Akalmand (1984), Tohfa (1984), Balidaan (1985), Aulad (1987), Suhagan (1986), Ghar Sansar (1986), Dharm Adhikari (1986),Sone Pe Suhaaga (1988) were successful, Sadma released in 1983, brought Sridevi critical acclaim.,A remake of her Tamil film Moondram Pirai.The film won Sridevi her first Filmfare nomination for Best Actress.
In 1986, came the snake fantasy Nagina which saw Sridevi play an ‘ichhadhaari naagin‘ a shape-shifting woman. The film turned out to be the second biggest blockbuster of the year, It was named one of the best snake fantasy films by Yahoo.
She played a goofy crime journalist in the 1987 film Mr. India, Directed by Shekhar Kapur, it became one of the highest grossing hits of the year.
The dance number ‘Hawa Hawai’, ‘Kate Nahin kat te‘ were superhits.
In 1989 came Chaalbaaz, she made Sunny Deol and Rajnikant look like sidekicks in the film.
The same year also saw the release of the Yash Chopra romantic saga Chandni, with Sridevi playing the title role which still remains a classic.
The music of Chandni became a Platinum Success with Sridevi’s famous dance number ‘Mere Hathon Mein Nau Nau Choodiyan’. The actress also lent her voice to the film’s popular title-track ‘Chandni O Meri Chandni’. Chandni won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment while Sridevi garnered Filmfare Best Actress nominations for both Chandni and Chaalbaaz in 1989, winning with the latter.
Yash Chopra again cast Sridevi in his 1991 film Lamhe. Sridevi played both mother and daughter Sridevi’s folk dance number ‘Morni Baga ma’ also became a rage.
In 1992, Sridevi starred in the epic Khuda Gawah opposite Amitabh Bachchan.Khuda Gawah still remains popular in the Afghan country.The actress’s big budget 1993 release Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja was one of India’s most expensive films ever made. Though the film failed at the box office, Sridevi continued to get central roles with big banners such Gumrah opposite Sanjay Dutt. In 1994, Sridevi teamed up with Anil Kapoor again in Laadla.
She acted in her comeback film in Malayalam in 1996 Bharatan’s Devaraagam. The last major film Sridevi starred in before she took a break from the industry was Judaai, released in 1997.
After a six-year hiatus, Sridevi briefly returned to the small screen in the Sahara sitcom Malini Iyer (2004–2005).After an eight-year absence from film, Sridevi starred in English Vinglish (2012)
With the success of English Vinglish, Sridevi, most probably, became the only actress in Bollywood to make a successful comeback as a leading lady after marriage and a long hiatus.Sridevi starred in the Tamil fantasy action adventure film Puli (2015).
Sridevi was next seen in her home production titled Mom (2017), which marked her 300th film. her last on-screen appearance will be in Anand L. Rai’s upcoming film Zero (2018) in a cameo.Sridevi was regarded as the first female “superstar” of Bollywood films.Due to her pan-Indian appeal, she was considered to be one of the most popular actresses of Indian cinema.In a 2013 national poll conducted by CNN-IBN on the occasion of the centenary of Indian cinema, Sridevi was also voted “India’s Greatest Actress in 100 Years”.She was considered one of the very few Indian female superstars capable of huge box-office success without the support of a male hero. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013.
Sridevi is indeed a superstar in every aspect, she aced every movie role that she ever did with ease. My heart and prayers go out to her family especially her daughters Jhanvi and Khushi to overcome this huge loss.
Sridevi ji you were a superstar, you are a superstar and will always remain a superstar.
Your legacy will stay on forever