There are numerous film industries, like Hollywood, Kollywood, Tollywood, etc. In every film industry, many talented actors and actresses are found. Similarly, Bollywood film industry is filled with immensely talented actors and actresses. Bollywood, which we also call as Indian Film Industry, is one of the largest film industries in the world.
There have been many male and female superstars in the history of Bollywood. Today in this article, you will know about one such superstar who won the hearts of many people with her brilliant acting and beauty. Moreover, she is also considered the first female superstar in the Bollywood industry. This post will delve into the life of a mega-start, Sridevi.
Sridevi has been considered one of the most successful actresses in the Hindi film industry. There have been many famous actresses in the history of Bollywood, but Sridevi is considered the first female superstar in the Bollywood industry. She has not only worked in the Hindi film industry but has also worked in other film industries like Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, and Telugu. Overall, she worked in more than three film industries, and due to this, Sridevi had good command over many languages like Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.
Sridevi is not only a successful actress, but she is also a very successful film producer. She made many fans with her brilliant acting and beauty. Today everyone knows Sridevi, but only a few know the complete details. Shree Amma Yanger Ayyappan was the real name of superstar Sridevi. She has got many awards due to her brilliant acting, and apart from the film awards, the Government of India also awarded her the Padma Shri in 2013.
Sridevi, a well-known actress in the history of Indian cinema, was born on 13 August 1963. She was born in Tamil Nadu in Meenampatti village in the Virudhunagar district. Her father's name was Ayyapan, and her mother's name was Rajeshwari. Her father was a lawyer by profession, and her mother was a homemaker. Her father was a resident of Sivakasi, and her mother was from Tirupati. Sridevi has a younger sister named Srilatha Yanger, and she also has two step-brothers whose names are Satish Yanger and Anand Yanger.
Acting Career of Sridevi as a Child Artist
Not much is known about Sridevi's education, but it is widely known that she has been interested in acting since her childhood. She had been acting since the age of four. When she was only four years old, she acted in a Tamil movie for the first time as a child artist. The film was Kandhan Karunai, released in 1967.
After working in the film Kandhan Karunai at such a young age, she also played the role of Young Murugan (Lord Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva, also known as Murugan) at the age of six in the film Thunaivan which was released in the year 1969.
After working as a child artist in many Tamil films, she worked first time in Telugu Cinema. As a child actress, she worked in the 1970 film Maa Nanna Nirdoshi.
Simultaneously, after working in Tamil and Telugu cinema, she worked in Malayalam films. She made her Malayalam film debut with the film Kumara Sambhavam as a child artist. In 1971 she worked in another Malayalam film Poompatta and won the Kerala State Film Award for best performance as a child artist in this film.
Sri Devi made her Kannada debut in Hansur Krishnamurthy's film Bhakta Kumbara, released in 1974. After this film, Sri Devi also acted in another Kannada language movie, Yashoda Krishna and Bala Bharatam. In addition to working as a child artist in South films, she also worked as a child artist in Bollywood films.
Furthermore, in 1972, Sri Devi debuted in the Bollywood film industry as a child artist at 9. She worked as a child actress in K. S. R. Das's film Rani Mera Naam in 1972. Also, worked as a child artist in another Bollywood film Julie in the year 1975, and in this film, she played the role of the younger sister of actress Lakshmi.
Sridevi played many roles in Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu films as a child artist. If we talk about some best performances of Sridevi as a child artist, then the films like Kandhan Karunai, Bhakta Kumbara, Nam Naadu, Babu, Badi Panthulu, Vasantha Maaligai, Prarthanai, Bhakta Kumbara depict her best performance as a child artist. Sridevi also acted with Tamil superstar Jayalalithaa in the year 1974, and the name of this film was Thirumangalyam.
Acting Career of Sridevi as a Lead Actress in the South Film Industry
Sridevi got a chance to play the role of a leading actress in a Tamil film in 1976, which was Moondru Mudichu, directed by K. Balachander. After being child actress for years, this movie was released in which she was casted as a lead actress. She was only 13 years old at that time, and in this film, she got an opportunity to share the screen with legendary actors like Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.
Sridevi has continuously done many films as a lead actress. She got a chance to do acting in Tamil films, Malayalam films, and Kannada language films in her starting years of acting career as a lead actress.
Films like Thulavarsham, and Kuttavum Shikshayum, are the most remarkable Malayalam films of Sridevi. She acted in many more films like Gaayathri, Kavikkuyil, 16 Vayathinile, Padaharella Vayasu, Sigappu Rojakkal, Karthika Deepam, Varumayin Niram Sivappu, Priya, and many more in her starting acting career.
She was becoming more and more popular with every film. Sridevi won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for her best acting performance in the 1982 film Moondram Pirai. She worked with Kamal Haasan in this film. After working on this film, Sridevi worked in many other Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada films and won many state awards due to her brilliant acting.
Talking about some of the best Telugu and Tamil films of Sridevi then the films like Kshana Kshanam, Sardar Paparayudu, Vetagaadu, Bobbili Puli, Prema Kanuka, Kirayi Kotigadu, Ram Robert Rahim, Moondram Pirai, Kirayi Kotigadu, Meendum Kokila, are considered as the memorable films of her life.
Acting Career of Sridevi as a Lead Actress in the Indian Film Industry
Due to her brilliant acting, Sridevi became very popular in the South's film industry and Hindi film industry (Bollywood). Like the South films industry director, the directors of the Hindi film industry also wanted to cast Sridevi in their films because they all knew that one appearance of Sridevi was enough to make the movie a super hit.
In the year 1979, Sridevi made her debut in the Bollywood industry. She made her debut in Bollywood through the film Solva Sawan. After four years of doing this film, Sridevi did a film with superstar Jitendra, and the name of this film was Himmatwala which was released in 1983 and directed by K.raghwendra Rao.
This film was one of the most successful films of that year, and through this film, Sridevi proved that she would also rule the Bollywood industry in upcoming years. There is a song in this movie that was picturised on Jitendra and Sridevi, and the name of this song is "Nainon Mein Sapna" this song is still very popular among people, and the way Sridevi danced in this song also garnered attention of the viewers.
In 1983, another film of Sri Devi was released after the film Himaatwala, named Sadma. This film was a remake of the Tamil film Moondram Pirai, and through this movie, Sridevi made everyone crazy about her acting. The performance of this film is considered better than the performance of all the films by Sridevi, and it is believed that Sridevi's role in this film was one of the most challenging roles of her ever.
After the success of the film Himmatwala, Sridevi again worked with Jeetendra in another superhit film Tohfa in the year 1984. This film was also a super hit and one of the most successful and highest-grossing Hindi films of that year. After this film, Sridevi became one of Bollywood's most popular actresses. She started ruling the hearts of the people. She acted so well in her every film that everyone became her fan. The duo and collaboration of Sridevi and Jitendra was well received and liked by the people. As a result, both of them worked together in more than 16 films.
Out of which, Himmatwala and Tohfa are counted as the best films of Sridevi and Jitendra together.
Not only the pair of Sridevi with Jitender was liked by all but also with Rajesh Khanna. Sridevi was inching closer to the tag of the first female superstar of Bollywood with each of her films.
Naya Kadam, Masterji, and Nazrana were some of the best films of Sridevi and Rajesh Khanna together.
In 1986, another life turning film of Sri Devi's career came, and the name of this movie was Nagina. In this film, she played the role of a wishful serpent. This film is counted amongst the best films of Sridevi's career. Moreover, the dance of Sridevi in the song "Main Teri Dushman" from this film is considered to be the best snake dance ever. Sri Devi became very popular after doing this film.
You can guess the popularity of Sri Devi from the fact that in the film Jaanbaaz, she did only a small role, but she gave a fierce competition to the lead actress of the film Dimple Kapadia.
Sridevi worked with almost every hero of her era. She has acted as a lead actress in more than 300 films. Sridevi's last movie was Zero, and in this film, she did a small cameo.
Films like Mom, English Vinglish, Judaai, Laadla, Khuda Gawah, Gumrah, Lamhe, ChaalBaaz, Chandni, Nagina, Mr. India, Himmatwala, Tohfa, and many more are some of the best movies of her in Hindi cinema. If you are a fan of Sri Devi or not, you must still watch these movies of her.
Marriage and Children
Sri Devi married Boney Kapoor, a well-known producer in the Bollywood industry, in the year 1996. Although the rumors of Sridevi's marriage with superstar Mithun Chakrathi had flown earlier before marrying Boney Kapoor. Though it was later confirmed by the actor or actress that it was only a rumor.
Sridevi and Boney Kapoor have two daughters.The elder daughter's name is Janhvi Kapoor, and she was born in 1997 on 6 march. She is also an actress in the Bollywood industry, and in the year 2018, she made her debut in the Hindi film industry with the film Dhadak. Moreover, their younger daughter's name is Khushi Kapoor, born in the year 2000, and she is also going to debut soon in the Bollywood industry.
Death of Sridevi
The death of Bollywood's first female superstar Sridevi was not a natural death but an accidental death. Sridevi died at the age of 58. She did not die in India but Dubai's Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. She died in 2018 due to drowning in the hotel's bathtub on February 24. After the investigation in the toxicology report, some amount of alcohol was found in the body, and water in the lungs was also found. So, this was an accidental death, so Dubai Police investigated this case.
And a few days later, the investigation of this case was closed by the Dubai Police, and Sridevi's body was brought from Dubai to India on February 27. Then on February 28, the Funeral of Sridevi took place at the Seva Samaj Crematorium in Mumbai. Sridevi's Funeral was done with state honors, and she also received a gun salute. Moreover, on March 3, the ashes of Sridevi were immersed in Rameshwaram. When the news of Sridevi's death came, no one could believe that Sridevi was no longer in this world. Then, later, Sanjay Kapoor confirmed this news, which shocked many people.
Awards and Achievements
Since the age of 4, Sridevi has won many awards due to her brilliant acting. She was a wonderful actress who appeared in more than 300 films; Let's see some awards won or received by her:
In an interview, Sridevi said that she did not get a chance to live school and college life, but she got a chance to work in the film industry, and she went on getting films one after the other without any gap.
Sri Devi is considered as one of the greatest female stars of Indian cinema. Today, even though many female superstars are in the Hindi film industry, no one matches the stardom and acting level of superstar Sridevi Ji. Sridevi was quite an introvert in her real life, but when it came to acting in the film, none of the actresses could match her.