Sridevi and her Path breaking roles
Beautiful Journey of a beautiful actress
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Morning of 25th February 2018, the nation woke up to the sad news of #Sridevi passing away after a massive cardiac arrest. Leaving behind a bereaved family, film fraternity and millions of fans in India and abroad, she left for her heavenly abode. Today after a day of her passing we pay tribute to this beautiful legend by remembering some of her iconic performances.
Sridevi began her acting career as a four year old in the Tamil movie Thunaivan. She went on to do some major roles in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada movies before making her debut in Hindi Cinema with Julie in 1975, where she played the protagonist’s sister. However, her journey as iconic leading lady of the 80’s and 90’s of Hindi Cinema began with 1978 release Solva Sawan.
In her career spanning decades, she did some path braking roles in Hindi Cinema, where she carried the films solely on her shoulders and turned them into massive hits by her varied performances. Some of the films of this dancing siren, which are stamped in the hearts of her fans forever, are: Sadma (1983): Starring opposite the mighty Kamal Hassan, Sridevi portrayed the role of a woman who he rescues from a brothel. Following a brain injury Nehalata develops retrogate amnesia, where she starts acting like a six year old. The poignant portrayal of the character made Sridevi an established actor in the industry.
Nagina (1986): After dancing her way in the hearts of the Hindi audience by doing movies like Himmatwala, Tohfa etc., Sridevi played the iconic role of an “ichhadhari Naagin” who takes a human form to avenge the death of her Naag. This film gave us the song “Main teri Dushman Dushman tu mera”, where Sridevi gave one of the best dance performances of her career.
Mr India (1987): This Shekar Kapur film gave us our very own “Hawa Hawai”. A struggling journalist Seema, played by Sridevi, runs into a superhero who wants to do well to the world and helps him in his efforts. In this film we saw her disguised as Charlie Chaplin, dancing like Hawa Hawai, and the cult song “kaate nahi Kat te din ye raat. This film turned Sridevi into the most sought after leading lady of Hindi Film Industry.
Chandni (1989): Innocent, protected girl, turned into a career woman after facing a heartbreak. This Yash Chopra film left Sridevi at the zenith of her career as Chandni the protagonist. With songs like “Mere Haathon mein Nau Nau Churiya” which still remains the most performed song in wedding functions, and “Chandni, O meri Chandni” Sridevi raised the bar that a hindi actress could ever climb.
Chaalbaaz (1989): This laughter riot, had the audience in spilts, all thanks to Manju, one of the twins who got separated at birth. Anju, the meek and shy, Manju the Savage and Sassy, Sridevi hit the bulls eye with both the performances. Her presence in the film completely dominated the roles played by Rajnikant and Sunny Deol.
Lamhe (1991): This beautiful saga of love, a movie, much ahead of its time brought a love triangle that included a mother and a daughter, Where a young Pooja (Sridevi) falls for Viren (Anil Kapoor) who loved her deceased mother Pallavi (Sridevi). How much bizarre the plot sounds, yet the portrayal of both Pallavi and Pooja by Sridevi was a path breaking performance. This movie gave us cult dance performances like “Morni Baaga ma” and “Megha re Megha”
Laadla (1994): “Understand, you Better Understand” this film, gave us this Sridevi Avatar. Sheetal, the high headed owner of a factory, marries Raju (Anil Kapoor) a factory worker to teach him a lesson, later falls for him. Sridevi as a headstrong businesswoman, who doesn’t mince her words, undergoes a change of heart when she stumbles upon true love.
Judaai (1997): Kajal, a middleclass housewife, lives in a delusional world where her husband is rich and showers her with material comforts. In reality, she is married to Raaj (Anil Kapoor) a poor yet honest engineer. In order to get the lavish life she wants she sells her husband to his Boss’s daughter Jahnvi (Urmila Matondkar). Later she realizes that her biggest wealth is her husband, who she herself drifted away from her. Sridevi’s portrayal of a desperate for wealth woman, was so realistic that the audience did not feel sorry for her after her husband and children left her alone.
English Vinglish (2012): Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut English Vinglish, which was a Comeback film of Sridevi after a fifteen year hiatus, has been rated as one of the best comebacks by a leading Indian actor in decades. Sridevi acted as a dominated housewife who knows nothing more than making laddus, enrols herself in English speaking classes and takes her family by storm by addressing them in English. This film fetched Shinde almost all the awards as Debut Director, and hailed Sridevi as “Myrel Streep of India”
The iconic actor’s last role as protagonist was in the 2017 release Mom, where she plays mother to Pakistani actress Sajal Ali, who avenges the rape of her daughter. Her last appearance however will be as herself in Shahrukh Khan’s Zero.
We at GetMovieInfo, like many of her fans are yet to believe that this legend is no more between us. She was an institution in herself who inspired many young actresses to take up this path. Sridevi will remain alive with us in the form of her smile, dances, performances and acting in numerous films.