The nation was hit by shock and grief after the news broke out that veteran actress Sridevi had passed away due to a cardiac arrest in Dubai while attending nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding.
This news was confirmed by a source close to the actress’s family. Sridevi, Bollywood’s darling of the 80’s and 90’s and an all-time icon, has had an acclaimed career spanning over four decades.
The superstar’s tragic untimely demise at 54 has left her fans and admirers heavy-hearted and teary-eyed.
Sridevi, along with husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi, attended the wedding while her older daughter Janhvi stayed back due to the conflicting shooting schedule of her debut movie.
Reputed for her ability to bring alive a wide range of characters on screen, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut with the film “Solva Sawan” in 1978. Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan, she was already a well-known face in the South-Indian film Industry.
She started her movie career as a child artist with the Tamil film ‘Thunaivan’ in 1969. She has also worked in numerous Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films.
Her first leading role was in Tamil film “Moondru Modichu”.
The country was mesmerized by the enchanting beauty, brilliant screen presence and powerhouse performances that came with the talent that was Sridevi.
She tasted her first Bollywood box-office success with Himmatwala four years after her Bollywood debut, where she was paired with Jeetendra. They starred together in 16 movies.
Her other box-office hits include movies such as ‘Mawaali’ (1983), ‘Tohfa’ (1984), ‘Mr India’ (1987) and ‘Chandni’ (1989).
Her acting chops were in full display in her films like ‘Sadma’ (1983), ‘ChaalBaaz’ (1989), ‘Lamhe’ (1991), and ‘Gumrah’ (1993).
“Sadma” was one of her biggest critically acclaimed ventures where she beautifully portrayed the role of a young girl suffering from childhood trauma. In “Sadma”, she acted alongside Kamaal Hassan and both of them were praised for their stellar performances.
She went on a hiatus in 1997 after starring in ‘Judaai’. After 15 years, she made her comeback in 2012 with Gauri Shinde’s ‘English Vinglish’, a beautifully narrated story about an Indian homemaker trying to learn to speak English to feel accepted by her family.
Sridevi’s nuanced performance gained a lot of applauds and it was clear that even though she took a long break, the actress in her was surely be gone. Last year, she starred in the revenge-drama, ‘Mom’.
She will be seen in the silver-screen for the last time in a cameo role in Shah Rukh Khan’s ’Zero’, releasing in December.
Sridevi was also a notable fashionista in her own right. She was a trendsetter and so many of her get-ups from her movies are now considered cult classics- be it her ‘Hawa Hawai’ avatar or her sultry look in ‘Katein nahi katte’.
She received the Padma Shri award in 2013 and has five Filmfare wins to her name.
What exactly can be the reason behind Sridevi’s sudden cardiac arrest and her eventual demise?
According to her brother-in-law actor Sanjay Kapoor, she has no history of heart-related complications. Even in the last released video of her she is seen dancing gracefully!
The unbelievable factor of the whole tragedy is helping many speculations about the reason behind her death gain momentum. With the healthy lifestyle of a celebrity, isn’t one supposed to live longer?
It must not be easy leading a life under the 24/7 scrutiny of press and paparazzi. Even a minor flaw can be magnified under camera lenses. So it can be assumed that there was a constant pressure on her to live up to her ethereal image.
There are rumors of her going under the knife a number of times. She may have had to follow hectic diets and workout regimens. Was it the stress of a life under continual public eye that took a toll on her? We can never know for sure.
The nation is shaken by the death of the Hindi cinema’s ‘First Female Superstar’. It is not impossible to see how even after almost 24 hours of her passing away we cannot wrap our heads around the fact that those vivacious eyes are dimmed forever or that the entire news isn’t an online hoax.
She might be gone but she will never be forgotten. Condolences are pouring in from celebrities and commoners alike. The body of the late diva will be brought back to Mumbai for funeral rites, according to reports. It is indeed a very dark day of Hindi cinema and India as one of its brightest stars is lost forever.