Much loved as Hawa Hawai, Roop Ki Rani the evergreen Chandani and many more such enthralling characters it’s still hard to believe that the powerhouse and the legend that was Sridevi Boney Kapoor, India’s first female superstar is no more.
The 54-year old actor died in Dubai on Saturday night following a massive cardiac arrest.
Her death was confirmed by her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor to the Indian Express. Sridevi, her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi were in Dubai to attend a wedding.
“Yes, it is true that Sridevi passed away. I just landed here, I was in Dubai and now I am flying back to Dubai. It happened roughly around 11.00-11.30. I don’t know more details yet,” Sanjay Kapoor told IE.
Sridevi was born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayappan in 1963 in Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu and made her debut as a child artist in Thunaivan, at the mere age of four. She went on to play more roles across the southern industries before making her debut with Julie in Bollywood, in a Hindi remake of the Malayalam hit Chattakari.
Sridevi was most certainly ahead of her time, as she took on challenging roles very early on in her career, such as her first adult role of a stepmother to Rajnikanth at the tender age of 13, and most notably perhaps her career best performance as a mentally unstable woman in Moondram Pirai, which won her accolades.
Sridevi soon became a leading actor in both south and Hindi films and was not just known for her ability to act, dance but also her comic timing especially in films such as Chaalbaaz and Mr India. Despite acting with superstars of her era such as Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth the mother of two always held her own presence on screen.
She fell in love with producer Boney Kapoor and they married in 1996 and had two girls together, Janhvi and Khushi.
Sridevi was eagerly awaiting with huge excitement her daughter Janhvi’s debut film Dhadak, which is being produced by Dharma Productions and is currently set to release in July. Unfortunately, with the unpredictable journey of life, Sridevi will not be around to see her daughter follow the career that she dedicated more than 50 years to.
We at Asian Style pay tribute to a legend, an icon, a remarkable actor, mother, wife and inspiring woman
RIP Sridevi 1963 – 2018
Tributes from the Bollywood film fraternity
Really Shocked and disturbed to hear that Sridevi Ma’am is no more
Jacqueline Fernandez @Asli_Jacqueline
An absolute icon. Gone too soon,
#Sridevi. Too soon…
Johny Lever @iamjohnylever
Jaaved Jaaferi @jaavedjaaferi
Shocked and devastated. An amazing talent and my favourite performer passes on. A tremendous loss to the industry. “Bijli giraane main hoon aayi, kehte hain mujhko hawa Hawaii” RIP dear
Preity zinta @realpreityzinta
Rishi Kapoor @chintskap
Varun Dhawan @Varun_dvn