Sridevi dies of cardiac arrest: Some facts about the screen icon


Veteran actor Sridevi died in Dubai on Saturday after a cardiac arrest. She was 54.

Popularly hailed as the first female superstar of Hindi cinema, the actor was in Dubai with her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi to attend nephew and actor Mohit Marwah’s wedding.

The actor had married film producer Boney Kapoor with whom she had two daughters.

Her sudden death shocked Bollywood and legions of her followers who reached outside her Mumbai house.

In 2013, she was awarded Padma Shri – the fourth highest civilian honour.

Sridevi was last seen in the film ‘MOM’ opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye khanna.

Movies like “Mawaali” (1983), “Tohfa” (1984), “Mr India” (1987) and “Chandni” (1989) kept her at the top in the box-office game, films like “Sadma” (1983), “ChaalBaaz” (1989), “Lamhe” (1991), and “Gumrah” (1993) earned her critical acclaim.

Here are some facts about the star:

Sridevi was born in the year 1963 to Ayyapan Yanger and Rajeswari Yanger, and was named Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. Her father was a lawyer.

The actor started her career at the tender age of four in Thirumugham’s devotional film, Thunaivan (1969). She was a child artiste in the film, Julie (1975). With Solva Saavan, Sridevi made her foray into Bollywood as the lead actor in 1979.

She was down with fever and had 103 degrees temperature, when she was shooting for the popular song Na Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai in Chalbaaz (1989).

Sridevi did playback singing for films such as Sadma (1983), Chandni (1989), Garajna (1991) and Kshana Kshanam (1991).

Sridevi’s mother tongue is Tamil; so she faced difficulty in speaking Hindi, when she joined Bollywood. Yesteryear actor Naaz used to dub for her. In Aakhiri Raasta (1986), Rekha dubbed for her. The first time Sridevi dubbed for her role was in Chandni (1989).

Sridevi actually spelt her name as Sreedevi, but she never corrected the spelling of her name in film credits.

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