It is being two years of legendary actress, Sridevi’s demise. The ace actress has left an indelible imprint of her extraordinary work in the Bollywood industry. Known as the first female superstar of Bollywood, Sridevi has mesmerized everyone with her divine beauty and the exceptional art on-screen. Her unforgettable characters on-screen, her beauty and charm will always keep her alive in the hearts of her fans forever.
She started acting just at the age of four. In a career spanning five decades, Sridevi was known for her portrayals of women in challenging situations, and she has appeared in a range of genres, from slapstick comedy to epic dramas. She is known for numerous movies like Himmatwala, Mr. India, Chaalbaaz, Sadma, Nagina, English Vinglish and Mom among various others
Today, on her 56th birth anniversary, here are a few immortal pieces done by the ‘Superstar’:
Sridevi started her acting career in South Indian Cinema at the age of 4, with the Tamil film Kandan Karunai. She continued working in various Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films and finally made her Hindi film debut at the age of 9 with Rani Mera Naam (1972).
With her notable acting in romantic drama Julie (1975), Sridevi’s first starring role in Hindi cinema came with the 1979 drama film Solva Sawan, and she received wider recognition with 1983 film Himmatwala.
She established herself in the film industry with a string of successful movies like Mawaali (1983), Justice Chaudhry (1984), Tohfa (1984), Naya Kadam (1986), Maqsad (1984), Masterji (1985), among others.
She received praises for her performances in films like Sadma (1983), Nagina (1986), ChaalBaaz (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khuda Gawah (1992), Gumrah (1993), Laadla (1994), and Judaai (1997).
After a gap from the movies, Sridevi returned in 2012 with her successful comedy-drama English Vinglish, and then starred in her 300th film role in the 2017 thriller Mom. For both the films, Sridevi earned critical acclaim and later was awarded with the National Film Award for Best Actress.
Late in 2013, Sridevi told in an interview to ‘The New Indian Express, “I lost out on going to school and college life but I got into the film industry and worked without a gap- from child actor I went straight to heroine. There was no time to think and I was grateful for it.”
In the movie Mr. India, Sridevi was the show-stealer. Sridevi’s imitation on Charlie Chaplin in the film was described by The Times of India as ‘”the most hilarious act she has ever done.” Rediff also featured Sridevi in its list of ‘Super Six Comic Heroines’ stating that “her mobile face expressions could give Jim Carrey sleepless nights” and that “her biggest plus point is her ability to be completely uninhibited in front of the camera.”
Following innumerable successes in the film industry, Judaai made another milestone as Sridevi won her eighth Filmfare nomination for Best Actress, following which she retired from acting.
After eight years of gap, Sridevi made her comeback with English Vinglish (2012), whoch again collected accolades from the critics. Her 300th film, Mom (2017), made her undoubtedly ‘the high priestess of Indian cinema.
Sridevi has given an immortal legacy to the Indian cinema which will be cherished whole-heartedly in the days to come.