RIP Sridevi – A Tribute – Lesser known fun facts about her
The queen of the hearts of millions, the true empress of Bollywood in 80s and early 90s, the darling of the Hindi film industry and one of the most respected and loved names in India, Sridevi is no more. In a devastating blow to her fans, she passed away in Dubai due to accidental drowning at 54. Rest in peace, Sridevi.
This is a tribute to her. Read for interesting trivia, information, pictures and videos. Read for the amazing story of an amazing actress with an unparalleled career in Bollywood and south. Read for memories she has left behind, lessons she has taught us, entertainment she has given us.
Did you know that Sridevi was her screen name and not her real name? Her real name was Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan.
Sridevi started her career as a child artist M.A. Thirumugham’s devotional Thunaivan. She was the four years old.
Sridevi‘s first Bollywood debut was in 1975 in Julie as a child artist. Her adult debut came later in 1978 in Solva Sawan and instantly became famous.
Sridevi could not speak Hindi in her first years in Bollywood. She dubbed her own dialogues for the first time in Chandni in 1989. While yesteryear actress Naaz dubbed for her earlier movies, it was none other than Rekha who dubbed for her in Aakhree Raasta in 1986.
Her second movie Sadma in 1983 with Kamal Hasan was a commercial success as well as a critical one. Himmatwala released the same year made her the instant superstar. Yes, she was the first Indian female superstar. Then came a flurry of movies and the rise of career like none other. She looked stunning, acted brilliantly and danced equally well. In total, she earned ten Fimlfare nominations and won five of them, including three for Hindi movies out of which two were for best actress.
Did you know that Sridevi was part on the Board of Director at the Asian Academy of film and television?
Sridevi‘s birthday is 13th August and her broth place is Sivakashi, Madras. She was born in 1963.
Sridevi‘s mother had a surgery in New York in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where the doctor operated on the wrong side of her brain leaving serious complications and eventual death. There was widespread coverage on the US media and a successful court battle. The then US president Bill Clinton brought forward a proposal of a program for hospitals to disclose their medical malpractice and errors. Her mother died in 1996.
After her resounding success in Himmatwala and Tohfa in 1983 and 1984, Sridevi became the most sought after actress in Bollywood. Both movies were huge box office successes. Her songs, especially “Naino me sapna” became super famous. Her dancing skills and costumes were widely appreciated. The famous Filmfare cover in 1984 called her “unquestionably no 1” and thus strated the number game that she would rule for a long time.
Jeetendra and Sridevi went on to do 16 films together.
Fun fact : Dridevi has played heroine to both Dharmendra and his son Sunny Deol.
Sridevi‘s association with Yash Chopra played a significant role in her career. Chandni became an iconic film in Bollywood history. Sridevi who was so far given extravagant costumes in almost every movie was clad in simple shalwar kameez giving her a girl next door look. Her dance number “mere haatho me” became a huge hit. Her second movie with Yash Chopra, Lamhe, was not as big a hit as Chandni, but it remains one of Yash Chopra’s best movies till date. Sridevi again played a double role but it was in complete contrast to her double role in Chaalbaz. She had cemented herself as one of the finest actresses Bollywood had ever seen. She received her second best actress Filmfare award for Lamhe.
One of Sridevi‘s failures came in the form of Roop Ki Rani Choro Ka Raja. It was one of India’s most expensive movies and she failed to produce her magic in it. The movie flopped utterly at the box office.
Fun fact: Sridevi has played double roles in Guru (1988), ChaalBaaz (1989), Lamhe (1991), Khuda Gawah (1992) and Gurudev (1994).
Sridevi‘s competition in the early part of her career came from Jaya Prada and Sridevi beat that competition by light years. They both were of similar age and came from the south. Their rivalry was even publicly visible as they continuously gave each other the cold shoulder.
During the filming of the movie Maqsad, Rajesh Khanna and Jeetendra locked the two rivals for two hours in the make up room hoping that they would “make up”. When the door was opened, the two actresses were found sitting at opposite ends of the room in silence. (imagine the two hours – in those days they didn’t even have mobile phones to surf!)
Her real competition came when towards the end of her career in the form of Madhuri Dixit. Madhuri took over the unofficial number one tag from Sridevi, but only after Sridevi‘s was well past her prime.
Sridevi was also offered a role by Steven Speilberg in the all time classic “Jurassic Park”, but she turned it down because it was not a starring role and she was too busy in Bollywood at that time.
The 1993 blockbuster Baaziger that turned out to be one of Shahrukh Khan‘s career defining movie was originally written with Sridevi in mind. She was supposed to be play double roles in the movie. But the movie’s director felt that the the audience would never be able to sympathize with Shahrukh Kahn‘s character if he killed Sridvi on screen. The script was then changed and two relatively new actresses, Shilpa Shetty and Kajol were cast in the two roles.
Sridevi was the highest paid Hindi actress from 1985-1992 and the 2nd highest paid Hindi actress from 1993-1996.
When Boney Kapoor approached Sridevi‘s mother for Mr.India, her mother quotes Rs.10 lakhs as her fees. Boney paid 11 lakhs. He later admitted that he wanted to get closer to Sridevi. Whatever Boney did, worked for him.