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The diva of the Indian cinema Sridevi who passed away at the age of 54, was an icon in the era when the cinema was male dominated. Her sparkling smile and enthusiastic eyes were a sight to the sore eyes. She demised in dubai while attending her nephew’s wedding along with her husband Boney Kapoor and Daughter’s Jhanvi and Khushi Kapoor.
Born Amma Yanger Ayappan in Tamil Nadu a southern state of India, Sridevi made her acting debut at the age of four with the devotional film Thunaivan. Right from naino mein sapna to hawa hawai Sridevi had given us exemplary performances that the bollywood still remembers. But before the glory was the struggle Sridevi’s debut in Bollywood Solva Sawan(1979) was smashed followed by the flop Sadma(1983).
Sridevi was ready to move back to Madras where she was already a well established actress when the release of Himmatwala(1983) turned the table. Starring opposite to co-star Jeetendra, Himmatwala performed beyond the expectations of Sridevi and her spectacular rise in career began.
The success of Himmatwala gave new hopes to Sridevi and she never looked back. Her movies were undoubtedly the reflection and combination of the persona she had created over the years. When remembered today her movies Nagina(1986), Mr. India(1987), Chandni(1989), Chalbaaz(1989), Lamhe(1991), Khuda Gawah(1992), remind us of her transformation in acting from a svelte sophisticate to a consummate comedian
Before stepping into the glamour of bollywood Sridevi had already established herself in the south, she starred in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada movies. Her first adult role at the age of 13 was in a Tamil movie Moondru Mudichu(1976).
She was a veteran actress and her work was not only admired but also rewarded. Sridevi is recognised to be India’s first female superstar and was ranked amongst the highest paid actors in the 1980s and 1990s. Cinema rewarded her work with two Film fare Awards and three Film fare Awards South.
In 2013, the government of India awarded Sridevi with Padma Shri which is considered to be the fourth highest civilian tribute in the nation for her contribution to the entertainment industry. The state governments of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh also conferred honorary awards to her.
Sridevi returned to the cinema screens after an eight year break with the debutant director Gauri Shinde in English Vinglish in 2012. The film received an overwhelming response and Sridevi’s performance was appreciated by critics across the nation. With the film’s success Sridevi succeeded in becoming the only actress in Bollywood to have a successful comeback as the leading lady after marriage and a long interlude. Her last movie as the leading lady was by Mom in 2017 by her home production.
Though Sridevi was on a break in movies this didn’t discourage her from being a fashion icon. She made her debut as the fashion model in 2008 walking the ramp for designers Priya and Chintan at the Lakme Fashion Week. She continued to soar as a model as she displayed the work of jewellery designer Queenie Dhodhy at the HDIL India Couture Week.
During the time of her death Sridevi was not shooting for any movie and her last on screen appearance will be in Anand Rai’s upcoming movie Zero(2018) in a cameo.
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