The year was 1983. The actress in question was Sridevi and she delivered two very diverse yet telling movies. The first was HIMMATWALA and the other SADMA, which were remakes of regional language films in Hindi. Both the movies poles apart yet they both forged Sridevi’s name as pan-India’s first female superstar a feat that has not yet been achieved by any other actress for over 30 years now. Adept in several South Indian languages, in her early career, Sridevi was initially involved in the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam cinema industries.

Her 300 films made in the course of half a century of acting began when she was a toddler, with roles in devotional films such as Kandhan Karunai (1967) and Thunaivan (1969), in both of which she played the childhood incarnation of Lord Murugan, a south Indian deity. In her most recent release, the thriller MOM (2017), she played an avenging stepmother who destroys the lives of the four men who raped her stepdaughter. Her career bore witness to the changing currents of Indian cinema, from conservative family-oriented mid-century movies to the socially engaged woman-power cinema of contemporary times, while always remaining the nation’s primary spectacle. At 54 with close to 300 movies under her belt in five major languages if Sridevi did one thing it was entertain her millions of fans all across the globe.

Post her marriage in 1996, she took a hiatus from films and turned to family life and gave birth to two daughters Jhanvi and Khushi and later returned in 2012 with ENGLISH VINGLISH.

Filmmakers were just in awe of her acting prowess which was followed no method but sheer intuition and instinct. She lit up the screen with her vivacity and charm. She was a embodiment of feminine mystique and that classic screen-goddess combination of beauty, mystery and intrigue.

When the news first poured in for Sridevi’s untimely demise in Dubai early Sunday morning everyone thought it was one those dreadful hoax info which people put out. But as the news got confirmed it made everyone’s worst fears a reality. What’s even worse is that even her death was scandalized by the mainstream media in India, especially after the forensic report of her death was made public.


By – Amul Vikas Mohan

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