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Glimpse of Sridevi’s Bollywood journey

Bollywood’s legendary actress Sridevi’s sudden goodbye had created a void in fans’ heart.
Sridevi was blessed with great acting skills. Her journey was remarkable and full of hit movies.

She was born in a conservative South Indian family.  Her real name was Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. At the age of 4, she started her acting career with M. A. Thirumugam’s  film Thunaivan. Young artist soon got recognized and starred in many Tamil, Telagu movies. She was only 13 years old when she played the role of Rajinikanth’s stepmother in Moondru Mudichu.

Young Sridevi was talent and Bollywood could not help but offered her a role in 1979. Solva Sawan was her first Bollywood debut. A few years later she starred against Jeetendra for Tohfa and it turned out to be biggest hit film in 1984.

 Anil Kapoor and Sridevi worked together in many movies and they were the most adorable pair during 1980 to 1990. Sridevi was humble and great human being. Having a conservative family, Sridevi was always accompanied by her mother or sister to the film sets. In 1996, she married Boney Kapoor, the couple have two daughters Janhvi and Khushi.

In Tamil industry, she shared many successful movies with Kamal Hassan and Rajanikant. In 1993, her popularity was at its peak as even Hollywood director Steven Spielberg offered her a role in Jurassic Park. But, she humbly refused the offer as the role was not very prominent.  Sridevi’s language was not very sharp, therefore actresses like Naaz and Rekha used to dub for her movies.
Despite powerful male characters in movies like Mr. India, Chalbaaz, she captured the hearts of an entire nation with her Hawa Hawai song. Her performance in Sadma was highly appreciated by audiences and industry.

Sridevi has won many National awards for being best actress. She was the first female superstar of Bollywood. Her recent hit movie English Vinglish captured the attention of fans and critics.
She played a role of a homemaker Shashi Godbole, with sheer simplicity and no one could escape from her charm.

In 2013, Sridevi was honoured with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India.

India’s first female superstar Sridevi inspired many upcoming actresses. Sridevi’s remarkable journey ended on a bitter note, but she will always be remembered for her great contribution to Indian cinema.

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