Sridevi: The First Female Superstar of Hindi Cinema
Sridevi is an Indian film actress who predominantly appeared in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam movies in the late 80’s and the early 90’s. She worked as a child actor in South Indian film industry for many years until she was 13. At 13, she was credited for her first adult role on the screen. Later, she flourished her way through establishing a defying career in the Bollywood. One of the finest actors to grace the Bollywood fraternity, Sridevi is considered as the prime female superstar of Hindi Cinema. The tag itself defines the greatness of the beautiful actress.
Popularly hailed as the first female superstar of Hindi cinema, the actor was in Dubai with her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi to attend nephew and actor Mohit Marwah’s wedding.
The actor had married film producer Boney Kapoor with whom she had two daughters.
Her sudden death shocked Bollywood and legions of her followers who reached outside her Mumbai house.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his 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,” he said.
Sridevi, who made her acting debut at the age of four, had many big hits like “Chandni” and was especially noted for her impeccable timing as a comedienne.
She took a 15-year-long break from movies in 1997, a year after her marriage. She returned in 2012’s “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.
Awards, Accolades, and Recognitions
There isn’t an award in the industry that she hasn’t had her hands on. Sridevi has won it all in her blusterous career that boomed in the span of two decades. She proved her mettle as an actress with several roles in the industry. Her acting prowess was untouched and her dancing skills were immaculate. Very few in the industry or rather none in the industry can match the flair of this absolute South Indian beauty. Here is a list of awards Sridevi has won in her exceptional career that lasted for over two decades. And with her comeback on the cards, we are sure that the actress has already made some space in her trophy cabinets.
- 2 Filmfare awards for the best actress for Lamhe and Chalbaaz (1992, 1990)
- Filmfare award for the best actress-Telugu for Kshana Kshanam (1992)
- Padma Shri (2013)
- Filmfare award for the best actress- Tamil for Meendum Kokila (1982)
- Filmfare Special Jury Award for Nagina and Mr. India (2013)
- Nandi Award for the best actress for Kshana Kshanam (1992)
- Kerela State Film award for the best child actress for Poompatta (1970)
- Stardust award for the best actress in a drama for English Vinglish (2013)
- BIG Star most entertaining actor in a social role female for English Vinglish (2013)
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!”
Last year, she was seen in revenge-drama — “Mom” — opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna. She shot for a special appearance in superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film — “Zero” — which releases in December.
A versatile actor, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with “Solva Sawan”.
Sridevi had worked in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, and Kannada. She was awarded with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, in 2013.
Movies like “Mawaali” (1983), “Tohfa” (1984), “Mr India” (1987) and “Chandni” (1989) kept her at the top in the box-office game, films like “Sadma” (1983), “ChaalBaaz” (1989), “Lamhe” (1991), and “Gumrah” (1993) earned her critical acclaim.