Sunday, February 25, 2018

Versatile Actor Sridevi passes away

New Delhi: Veteran actor of Hawa Hawai fame Sridevi, who had an illustrious career spanning over four decades, passed away on 24th Saturday February 2018 late night/ 25th  February Sunday 2018 wee hours in Dubai. She was 55.

The actor, wife of producer Boney Kapoor, died due to massive heart attack  late in the night in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding  reports said.

Sridevi was with her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi at her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding function in Dubai at the time of her death. Among the rumors of news of her death as internet hoax, it was confirmed to be true by her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor.

While some of the family members returned from Dubai after the wedding, Sridevi, Boney and Khushi stayed back.

Sridevi Kapoor (born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan (13 August 1963 – 25 February 2018) was an Indian film actress and producer who starred in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada films. Regarded as Bollywood's first female "superstar", she is the recipient of six Filmfare Awards. Sridevi ranked amongst the highest paid actors in the 1990s and is considered to be the most popular actress of the era.

A versatile actor Sridevi started her career as a child artist in M. A. Thirumugam’s 1969 devotional film Thunaivan at the age of four, and continued to act as a child artist in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She made her Bollywood debut as a child artist in the hit Julie (1975) and played her first adult role at age 13 with the Tamil film Moondru Mudichu (1976).

Sridevi's first leading role as an adult came in 1976 with two of India’s biggest actors — Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth — in the K. Balachander film Moondru Mudichu. She followed that up Gayathri, Kavikkuyil and 16 Vayathinilie, with the last one being a critically acclaimed hit. Bollywood debut in 1978 with Solva Sawan.

But it was only after five years with Jeetendra-starrer Himmatwala that she gained commercial success. Her beguiling eyes, scintillating screen presence and acting prowess soon made her one of the most sought-after artistes in the Hindi film industry.

She went on a hiatus for 15 years after starring in home production — Judaai — co-starring her brother-in-law Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar. It was director Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish in 2012 that marked Sridevi’s comeback.

Her nuanced performance as a middle-class woman, learning to speak English to feel accepted by her family, won accolades, and the film was also a commercial success.

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. Her last film in Tamil was the Vijay-starrer Puli.

Besides Boney and Khushi, she is survived by older daughter Janhvi Kapoor, who is currently working towards making her entry into the Hindi cinema. Sridevi was step-mother to actor Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula, who Boney had from late first wife Mona.

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