She came, she saw and she ruled like a Queen. Sridevi was crowned as one of the first female actor as a ‘superstar’ and one of the highest paid actresses of her time. She started her acting career at the age of four with Thunaivan in 1969 and went on to become one of the biggest stars our country has ever produced. She married filmmaker Boney Kapoor and was a mother of two daughters, Janhvi and Khushi.
Today as we mourn her sudden demise, we at Filmfare dig out our archives and pay a tribute to the success story that was Sridevi through these rare and candid images. Some with family, many on set and some out and about candid… take a look.
Baby Sridevi with her parents
Before becoming the Hawa Hawai girl, Sridevi started her career as a child actor. Here, she’ seen with actress Jamuna in the Telugu film Mamata. The saucer large eyes were striking even then!
Before she became a full-fledged heroine, Sridevi appeared in a spate of small films. Here she’s seen in Anand Agarwal’s Nashilee Jawani. Sri, as a curvy teenager, displayed the potential to bloom into a true-blue heroine.
A candid click of Sridevi
Sri’s world, even at the peak of her stardom, was her family. Here, she’s seen with sister cum confidante Srilatha. However, the duo later got involved in a property dispute over two decades. But recently, they have kissed and made up.
Sri was destined to play Yash Chopra’s Chandni! The late director never quite got over his Sridevi hangover and presented his heroines Juhi Chawla (Darr) and Madhuri Dixit (Dil To Pagal Hai) in similar outfits. Also, Sri made chiffons a weapon of seduction!
Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi at the Filmfare Awards
Close friends Sridevi and Rekha are seen on the set of Jaan Hatheli Pe. Apparently, Rekha taught her the art of make-up and was somewhere responsible for Sri’s glossy makeover. Also, Rekha dubbed for her in Aakhree Raasta.
Sridevi, very much a goddess herself, refused to play second fiddle to Amitabh Bachchan in films. Legend goes that Bachchan wooed her with a truck load of flowers to get her ‘yes’ for Khuda Gawah.
Sridevi was known to do her make up
Sridevi on set
Sridevi with Jaya Prada