“The trouble is you think you have time” – Buddha
“Sridevi” – A name that needs no introduction. Crowned as the first female superstar of Bollywood, Sridevi passed away on 24-02-2018 in Dubai after accidental drowning. Sridevi was in Dubai to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding along with her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi Kapoor.
In a career which lasted over five decades and 300 films, she made her special place not only in the film industry, but also in the hearts of her fans. Sridevi was born on 13-08-1963 in Madras and started her acting career at a tender age of 4 in MA Thirumugam’s ‘Thunaivan’. She continued to act in Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam and Kannada films.
She made her debut in Bollywood as a child artist in the 1975-movie, ‘Julie’. Her first lead role was at the age of 13 Tamil film ‘Moondru Mudichu’ (1976). Her notable films in Tamil and Telegu were ’16 Vayathinile’ (1977), ‘Sigappu Rojakkal’ (1978), ‘Varumayin Niram Sivappu’ (1980), ‘Meendum Kokila’ (1981), ‘Premabhishekam’ (1981), ‘Moondram Pirai’ (1982), ‘Aakhari Poratam’ (1988), ‘Jagadeka Veerudu Atiloka Sundari’ (1990) and ‘Kshana Kshanam’ (1991).
She made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Solva Sawan’ (1979), but it was not until ‘Himmatwala’ (1983) that she gained attention. Her memorable roles included ‘Mawaali’ (1983), ‘Tohfa’ (1984), ‘Naya Kadam’ (1984), ‘Maqsad’ (1984), ‘Masterji’ (1985), ‘Nazrana’ (1987), ‘Mr. India’ (1987), ‘Waqt Ki Awaz’ (1988), ‘Chandni’ (1989), ‘Sadma’ (1983), ‘Nagina’ (1986), ‘ChaalBaaz’ (1989), ‘Lamhe’ (1991), ‘Khuda Gawah’ (1992), ‘Gumrah’ (1993), ‘Laadla’ (1994) and ‘Judaai’ (1997). She made a strong comeback to film acting after a decade and a half in 2012-movie ‘English Vinglish’. Ravi Udyawar’s ‘Mom’, which had released last year was her 300th film. As had been the response for the most part of her career, she received critical acclaim for her role in Mom as well.
She fell in love with film producer Boney Kapoor on the sets of Judaai (1997) and the couple decided to get married the same year. They have two daughters Khushi Kapoor and Jahnvi Kapoor. Known for her impeccable comic timing and incredible dance moves, Sridevi ruled the box office in 80’s and 90’s. Her dance number ‘Nainon Mein Sapna’ and ‘Hawa Hawai’ will be remembered for the times to come.
Filmfare described her truly a goddess in a blue sari in ‘Kaate Nahi Kat Te’. She was successfully paired opposite Jeetendra and the pair did 16 films together, out of which most were successful. She made a super-hit pair with Anil Kapoor, who later on became her brother-in-law.
In her entire career, Filmfare awarded her for Best Actress award five times. She was awarded the Filmfare Power Award in 2013. She was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian, Padam Shri Award, from the Government of India. The legendary actress may no longer be amongst us but she would be remembered for her talent and for all the memorable roles which she has delivered in her five-decade long career. The void created by her sudden demise would remain so in the hearts of her fans. They will still have an opportunity to witness their icon on screen in Anand L. Rai’s ‘Zero’, which will release later this year. Sridevi has played a cameo role in the movie.
Watch how Twitterati reacted after hearing the news of her passing away broke out:
— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) February 24, 2018
— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) February 24, 2018
Terrible terrible news…. Am shocked beyond words. SRIDEVI ji No More … 🙏🏽 RIP
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 24, 2018
I am shocked . I have no words. My condolences to the family , friends and fans of cinemas darling … Sridevi ji .. #RIPSridevi
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) February 24, 2018
Can’t believe it, my most fav actress #Sridevi ji is no more. It’s a huge loss. Met her so many times in last couple of months and she was always so kind and gracious. You’ll be missed ma’am. We all love you and very proud of you and your achievements.
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) February 25, 2018
— Manushi Chhillar (@ManushiChhillar) February 25, 2018
Did not know that GODDESSES can be no more!!
Just CANNOT believe it!!
RIP #Sridevi ji !
My deepest condolences to Boney ji and family!!
— Ashutosh Gowariker (@AshGowariker) February 25, 2018
Can't believe this tragic news. I will always remember those beautiful eyes, that kind smile and gentle heart. We will miss you 💔 #Sridevi ji. Strength and peace to the family.
— Diana Penty (@DianaPenty) February 25, 2018
Shocked stunned. Still see her laughing talking. Unbelievable. Actor par excellence. A school in herself.. learnt so much from her. Still can’t believe it . A huge loss. #Sridevi
— Kajol (@KajolAtUN) February 25, 2018
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) February 25, 2018
Iconic, Talented & Beautiful. Sridevi remains immortal through her films; she was the star of our times and her contribution to the Indian film industry was immense.
My deepest condolences to her family members. pic.twitter.com/L07qVpMCHA
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) February 25, 2018
— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) February 25, 2018
Shocked to hear of passing of movie star Sridevi. She has left millions of fans heartbroken. Her performances in films such as Moondram Pirai, Lamhe and English Vinglish remain an inspiration for other actors. My condolences to her family and close associates #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) February 25, 2018
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) February 25, 2018
Shocked to hear about the demise of #Sridevi ji .Heartfelt Condolences to the family. Om Shanti !
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 25, 2018
Shocked to hear about the sudden and untimely death of one of India’s favourite actress, Sridevi.
Sridevi was an incredibly talented and versatile actress whose vast body of work spanned a range of genres and languages.
My condolences to her family. May her soul rest in peace.
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 25, 2018
Pained to know about the untimely demise of Indian actress Sridevi. She has left a deep impression on Indian Film Industry with her versatile acting. Sridevi ji will be a role model for the generations to come. May God give her family & followers the strength to bear this loss.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 25, 2018
Woken up to this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad. Heartfelt condolences to Boney and their two daughters!
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) February 25, 2018
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) February 25, 2018
Just woke up to the terrible news of Sridevi passing. My heart goes out to her family. The world has lost a very talented person who left behind a huge legacy in film. #RIPSridevi
— Madhuri Dixit-Nene (@MadhuriDixit) February 25, 2018
Ye Lamhe , ye pal hum har pal yaad karenge.. ye mausam chale gaye toh hum fariyad karenge.. #RIPSridevi
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 24, 2018
Chandni now and forever… too young and terribly heartbreaking #RIPSridevi
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) February 25, 2018
Have witnessed Sridevi's life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificeint lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. Sadma's lullaby haunts me now. We'll miss her
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) February 25, 2018
I’m shocked and very disturbed. I’ve lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I feel the pain with them #RIPSridev … you will be missed.
— Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) February 25, 2018
Shocked and saddened to hear about the untimely demise of one of Hindi cinema’s greatest superstars. I grew up on her movies. She will always be one of my favourite actors of all time. May her soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to her family. RIP #Sridevi
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) February 25, 2018
I loved her, admired her so much. My 1st ever acting shot was with Sri Devi, I was nervous in front of her n I remember her shaking her hands pretending 2b nervous cause of me just 2 boost my confidence. V had 2 laugh,n she kept laughing until I got it right. Will miss you mam pic.twitter.com/OYXfurcIFx
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) February 25, 2018
Sridevi’s sudden passing away has left me in deep shock. Can’t imagine how such a bubbly person, a wonderful actor, is no more.She has left a void in the industry that cannot be filled. Boney is a good friend & I’ve seen their daughters grow up. My prayers are with the family🙏
— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) February 25, 2018
The moment the camera rolled SHREE would light up the floor ……….. We did a few films together and I enjoyed working with her though we rarely spoke. I am going to miss her. Her fans r going to miss her the world is going to miss her. pic.twitter.com/6NyNi2Krf1
— Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) February 25, 2018
Shocked. Just can’t believe it. Heartbroken beyond words can express. 1 of my favorites…1 of my inspirations while growing up… just can’t believe it. RIP Sri Devi ji. Condolences to the whole family.
— Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) February 25, 2018
She will live on in our hearts. RIP Sridevi ji.
— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) February 25, 2018
Sad news #srideviji is no more. Shocked beyond belief. May her soul RIP. Condolences to her family. 😔😞
— Ranjit Bawa (@BawaRanjit) February 25, 2018
I am still in a state of disbelief…I cannot even imagine this…At a loss of words on hearing this heartbreaking news…about the legendary @SrideviBKapoor passing away…Deepest heartfelt condolences to the family…RIP
— Surveen (@SurveenChawla) February 24, 2018
Shocked..Saddened..in total disbelief..gone so soon..RIP #Srideviji.Heartfelt condolence to the entire family.May the almighty give you strength to bear this huge loss.
— Jimmy sheirgill (@jimmysheirgill) February 25, 2018
— Gippy Grewal (@igippygrewal) February 25, 2018
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: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 25, 2018