Sridevi was at the apex of stardom during her working years. Even after she took a break, she continued to be a diva, impressing everyone with her glorious style quotient. Several across the nation are mourning her sudden demise, remembering her for the actress, dancer, fashionista, and mother she was, while hoping to keep her alive forever in Bollywood, with the air of her persona.
The news of her demise suddenly started crowding social media. Many couldn’t believe this to be a reality and waited for news channels to shun the buzz; but to the disbelief of the nation, it was a reality. A heartthrob heroine, who defined an entire era of Indian cinema and led by example, breathed her last in Dubai, where she visited for a family affair. Remembered by many as hava-hawai (free spirited), which was also the title of one of her most popular songs, the actress, who appeared healthy and in all her glory, even after all these years, suddenly passed away at the age of 54 on February 24 this year.
Known for playing eclectic roles, Sridevi started performing at the age of four, her debut being in M.A. Thirumugham’s film Thunaivan. Born in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu (south India) as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, she started her career with south Indian movies, going onto reign over Bollywood (India’s leading film industry), dominantly in the late 1990s.
Himmatwala (1983), Tohfa (1984), Nagina (1986), Aulad (1987), Mr India (1987) are only a few of her movies, but also some of her best acts, which led her to the apex of fame. Chandni (1989), Chaalbaaz (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khuda Gawah (1992), Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993) are some others that followed and further glorified her stardom.
Sridevi was awarded the Padma Shri (India’s fourth highest civilian award) in the year 2013, for her works in the field of cinema. She gave the Indian film industry some of its most exciting as well as dramatic movies – nearly 300 of them, and songs that are a hit even today.
Five foot-tapping numbers performed by her
In order to take care of her daughter, Sridevi took a break from acting in Hindi films after Judai (1997), yet another hit of her career. She planned a comeback in 2002 with Shakti but again took a step back, this time for her second daughter. Ultimately, she was seen on the silver screen again in 2012 with the film English Vinglish, another blockbuster, which gained massive popularity abroad as well. After this, her fans go to see her in Mom (2017). Sri Devi’s last performance is her cameo in Aanand L Rai’s Zero, a film, which is yet to be released.
Besides her acting , the actress was also known for her evergreen style, often adorning and gracing garments by popular designers.
Her sudden death is being mourned by many – her fans, the film fraternity, high rank officials including the Indian Prime Minister and President, who have resorted to platforms like Twitter to pay their condolences.
Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances. My thoughts are with her family and admirers in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 25, 2018
Shocked to hear of passing of movie star Sridevi. She has left millions of fans heartbroken. Her performances in films such as Moondram Pirai, Lamhe and English Vinglish remain an inspiration for other actors. My condolences to her family and close associates #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) February 25, 2018
I’m shocked and very disturbed. I’ve lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I feel the pain with them #RIPSridev … you will be missed.
— Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) February 25, 2018