The veteran actor Sridevi passed away on Saturday night. She was 54. The first female superstar of Bollywood was reported with her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi at the time of death. They were with the entire Kapoor family in UAE to attend the wedding ceremony of nephew Mohit Marwah.
She had a cardiac arrest. Her sudden death shocked Bollywood and her followers who reached outside her Mumbai house.
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. Born on 13 August 1963, as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, Sridevi worked in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films before entering Hindi films. She made her acting debut at the age of four. Her performance in Malayalam film Poombata (1971) won her the state award for best child artist.
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.
She took a 15-year 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. The government of India awarded her Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, in 2013. She was last seen in 2017 film MOM.
Sridevi is survived by Boney Kapoor, and two daughters – Janhvi and Khushi. She was Boney’s second wife. Her elder daughter Janhvi is set to make her Bollywood debut this year with Karan Johar’s directorial Dhadak, which is a remake of superhit Marathi film Sairat.