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Sridevi

Sridevi (Tamil:ஸ்ரீதேவி, Hindi:श्रीदेवी), born on August 13, 1963, is an Indian actress who has starred in hundreds of Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam language films.

She started acting at the age of four, and made her debut as an adult in the early 80s. She went on to establish herself as one of the leading actresses of her time. Although she left the industry in 1997, she is regarded by the industry members as one of the most talented and prominent actresses of India.

Early life

Sridevi was born and brought up in Sivakasi, a town in Virudhunagar district in tn]]. Her mother tongue is [telugu]. Her father's name was Ayyapan (a lawyer) and her mother's name was Rajeswari. Sridevi has a sister, Srilatha. She has two step brothers from her father's previous marriage.

Career

Sridevi started her career as a child artist in the Tamil movie [Kandhan Karunai] (1967) and acted in many Tamil and Telugu movies. During her early adult career, she acted in a number of Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. Many of her Malayalam movies were directed by I. V. Sasi. Some examples of her notable Malayalam movies are: Aadhyapaadam, Aalinganam, Kuttavum Sikshaiyum, Aa Nimisham. In 1976, she got her first big break as a heroine in K. Balachander's Moondru Mudichu, where she starred opposite Kamal Haasan and Rajnikanth. In many ways, this movie was a landmark in Tamil filmdom. It was also one of Rajnikanth's first major movies. After Moondru Mudhchu, Sridevi had a succession of hits with both these Tamil superstars. With Kamal Haasan, she acted in movies such as Guru, Sankarlal, Sigappu Rojakkal, Thaayillamal Naanillai, Meendum Kokila, Vaazhve Maayam, Varumaiyin Niram Sigappu, Neela Malargal, Moondram Pirai, 16 Vayathinile. With Rajnikanth, she acted in movies such as Dharmayuddham, Priya, Pokkiri Raja, Thanikattu Raja, 'Adutha Varisu, Nan Adimai Illai, etc. She was the most successful actress in Tamil cinema during the period 1979-83. During the same time, Sridevi made inroads into Telugu language movies. She acted opposite major actors in that industry. A number of her Telugu movies were made by K. Raghavendra Rao. With N. T. Rama Rao, she acted in movies such as Konda Veeti Simham, Vetagadu, Sardar Paparayudu and Bobbili Puli. With A. Nageswara Rao, she acted in movies such as Mudulla Koduku, Premabhishekham, Bangaru Kanku, Premakanuka etc. With Krishna she acted in movies such as Kanchu Kagada, Kalavari Samsaram, Krishnavatharam, Borripellum Bolludu, Khaidi Rudrayya etc. After Kamal Haasan, Sridevi has acted the most number of movies with Krishna. Towards the tail end of her Telugu career, she started acting in Hindi movies. Many of her initial Hindi movies starred Jeetendra and were remakes of her Telugu movies, mostly directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, and K. Bappaiah.

In 1978, she starred in her first Hindi film, Solva Saawan which failed at the box office. However, her second movie, Himmatwala, went on to be a big success and established her status in Bollywood. The film also earned her the famous nickname Thunder Thighs. The film made Jeetendra and Sridevi a popular pair with the audiences and the duo went on to star in several hits like Tohfa, Mawaali and Justice Chaudhry. In 1983, Sridevi starred opposite Kamal Hasan in the critically acclaimed drama Sadma, which is often cited by critics as the most definitive child-woman performance of Sridevi's career. The film earned Sridevi her first Filmfare nomination for Best Actress. In 1984 Sridevi ventured into art film Jaag Utha Insan starring opposite Mithun Chakraborty; the film did not succeed at the box office but received some critical recognition.

Throughout the decade, Sridevi starred in a series of box office hits which established her as the leading actress of the eighties. Nagina released in 1986 was one of her biggest hits establishing her as an actress who can carry a film as a solo protagonist. The film is remembered for her iconic snake-dance sequence in the climax. In that same year, she starred in the hit films Karma, Aakhree Raasta and Ghar Sansar. Her film Suhagan won her critical acclaim and the film did average business at the box office. Shekhar Kapur's blockbuster hit Mr. India in 1987 won her rave reviews and her comic-timing was praised. Prominent sequences in the film are Sridevi's imitation of Charlie Chaplin and her rain-dance. The film also won her nicknames like "Hawa Hawai", the name of a popular song in the film, and "Miss India". She also came with another critical acclaimed performance in Aulad. Her performance as a street dancer who becomes a tormented mother was appreciated and the film had a moderate success at the box office. She also had another successful film to her credit Jawab Hum Denge. In 1988, she had a hit film with Mithun Chakraborty Waqt Ki Awaaz, and a critical acclaimed film and performance in Sherni but did not succeed at box office. In 1989 was year where Sridevi gave 4 hits that were solo female protagonist and relied on her own shoulder, she starred in B-grade hit film Ghair Khanooni opposite Govinda, her sequel film nigahen was not as successful as Nagina but made good money which ended as semi hit success. Then came low-budget superhit film Chaalbaaz, in which her double-role as twin sisters won her the first Hindi Filmfare Best Actress Award. The same year came Yash Chopra's poetic fairy-tale mega-hit Chandni which earned her another nomination at the Filmfare. Sridevi's dances in the film became a rage as did her white costumes. Yash Chopra again directed her in the path-breaking modern day classic Lamhe (1991), where Sridevi's sensitive and intense double-role act as mother and daughter immortalised her forever in Hindi Cinema. It also won her, her second Hindi Filmfare Best Actress Award The film was also a huge success with the overseas audience winning Sridevi international acclaim.

She followed it with another acclaimed performances in Khuda Gawah (1992), where her double role performance as a pining Afghan wife opposite Amitabh Bachchan won her her fifth Filmfare nomination and performed above average at Box Office. The Telugu film Kshanam Kshanam released same year was a huge blockbuster to her credit and won her the fourth Filmfare Best Actress Award. It was also redubbed as Hairaan for Bollywood version. The failure of the multicrore Roop ki Rani Choron ka Raja proved to be a major setback but Sridevi followed it with a lifetime critical acclaimed performance as an innocent victim trapped in a Hong Kong prison in Mahesh Bhatt's Gumrah winning another Filmfare nomination but film didn't do well at box office as expected. Laadla, released in 1994, saw Sridevi playing her first negative role. The film earned her critical acclaim, box office success, and yet another Filmfare nomination. She is one of the few Bollywood actresses who dictated terms and for whom exclusive roles were written. For her performance in the drama Judaai (1997), she got her eighth Filmfare nomination and Box Office hit and after which she left the industry to marry filmmaker Boney Kapoor and raise her two daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi. Sridevi is crurrently retired from acting.

After a six-year hiatus, Sridevi returned to the small screen, briefly, in the popular Sahara sitcom Malini Iyer (2004-2005). She also appeared on Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai for Karishma Kapoor (2004) and as a judge in the TV show Kaboom (2005). She is a member of the Board of Directors at the Asian Academy of film and television. She performed a medley of some of the popular songs previously picturised on herself at the 52nd Filmfare Awards 2007.

Personal life

Sridevi married film producer Boney Kapoor on June 2, 1996. Boney and his first wife Mona Shourie Kapoor had accommodated Sridevi in their home during Sridevi's stay in Mumbai. At that time Boney and Mona had been married for several years and had two children Arjun and Anshula. Mona Kapoor stayed in Boney Kapoor's parents home for 10 years after the divorce to give her children a sense of family. Boney Kapoor and Sridevi have two daughters: Jhanvi and Khushi. Through her husband she is related to the large Surinder Kapoor film clan (see List of Bollywood film clans). Actor Anil Kapoor, her co-star in a number films, is her brother-in-law.

Her father died while she was filming Lamhe, her mother while she was making Judaai. Although it is the Hindu custom that the son lights the funeral pyre, Sridevi lit the pyre for her mother's last rites.

Awards and honours

Filmfare Awards

Won

Nominated

Honours

Filmography

Hindi movies

  • Agni Pareeksha (1970 film) (1970 in (child actor)
  • Julie (1975 film) (1975) (child actor)
  • Solva Sawan (1978)
  • Himmatwala (1983)
  • Justice Chowdhary (1983)
  • Jaani Dost (1983)
  • Mawaali (1983)
  • Kalakaar (1983)
  • Sadma (1983)
  • Akalmand (1984)
  • Inquilaab (1984)
  • Jaag Utha Insaan (1984)
  • Naya Kadam (1984)
  • Maqsad (1984)
  • Tohfa (1984)
  • Balidaan (1985)
  • Masterji (1985)
  • Aakhree Raasta (1986)
  • Aag Aur Shola (1986)
  • Bhagwan Dada (1986)
  • Dharam Adhikari (1986)
  • Ghar Sansar (1986)
  • Nagina (1986)
  • Jaanbaaz (1986)(cameo)
  • Karma (1986)
  • Suhaagan (1986)
  • Sultanat (1986)
  • Aulaad (1987)
  • Himmat Aur Mehnat (1987)
  • Nazrana (1987)
  • Majaal (1987)
  • Joshilay (1987)
  • Jawab Hum Denge (1987)
  • Mr India (1987)
  • Sherni (1988)
  • Ram Avtaar (1988)
  • Waqt Ki Awaaz (1988)
  • Sone Pe Suhagaa (1988)
  • Chaalbaaz (1989)
  • Chandni (1989)
  • Guru (1989)
  • Gair Kanooni (1989)
  • Nigahein (1989)
  • Main Tera Dushman (1989)(cameo)
  • Banjaran (1991)
  • Farishtay (1991)
  • Pathar Ke Insaan (1991)
  • Lamhe (1991)
  • Khuda Gawah (1992)
  • Heer Ranjha (1992)
  • Aasman Se Gira (1992)(cameo)
  • Chandramukhi (1993)
  • Gumrah (1993)
  • Gurudev (1993)
  • Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja (1993)
  • Chaand Ka Tukdaa (1994)
  • Laadla (1994)
  • Army (1996)
  • Mr Bechara (1996)
  • Kaun Sacha Kaun Jhootha (1997)
  • Judaai (1997)
  • Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin (2004) (Delayed Release)
  • Halla Bol- herself (Special appearance)

Malayalam

  • Kumara Sambhavam (1969)
  • Swapnangal (1970)
  • Poombatta (1971)
  • Theertha Yathra (1972)
  • Abhinandhanam (1976)
  • Aasirvadham (1976)
  • Kuttavum Sikshaiyum (1976)
  • Aadhyapaadam (1976)
  • Aa Nimisham (1977)
  • Amme Anupame (1977)
  • Angikaram (1977)
  • Anthardhanam (1977)
  • Nalumani Pookkal (1977)
  • Nirakudam (1977)
  • Oonjal (1977)
  • Sathyavan Savithri (1977)
  • Vezhambal (1977)
  • Avalude Ravukal (1978)
  • Amme Narayana (1984)
  • Devaragam (1996)

Tamil

  • Nam Naadu (1969)
  • Kumagthbhavam (1969)
  • Moondru Mudichu (1976) (First movie as heroine.)
  • Gayathri (1977)
  • Kavikkuyil (1977)
  • 16 Vayadhinile (1977) (Ran 175 days in Tamil centers.) (Source: Popular Tamil films)
  • Sayndhadamma Sayndhadu (1977)
  • Ayiram Jenmangal (1978)
  • Vanakkaththukkuriya Kaadhaliye (1978)
  • Ilaya Rani Rajalakshmi (1978)
  • Ganga Yamuna Kaveri (1978)
  • Ithu Eppadi Irukku (1978)
  • Manitharil Iththanai Nirangala (1978)
  • Mudisooda Mannan (1978)
  • Pilot Premnath (1978)
  • Sigappu Rojakkal (1978) (Ran 175 days in Tamil centers.)
  • Taxi Driver (1978)
  • Priya (1978) (Ran 175 days in Tamil centers.)
  • Radhaikketra Kannan (1978)
  • Rajavuukeththa Rani (1978)
  • Sakka Podu Podu Raja (1978)
  • Arumbugal (1979)
  • Dharmayuddham (1979)
  • Kalyanaraman (1979) (Ran 140 days in Tamil centers.)
  • Pagalil Or Iravu (1979)
  • Kavariman (1979)
  • Neela Malargal (1979)
  • Sigappukkal Mookkuthi (1979)
  • Thaayillaamal Naanillai (1979)
  • Guru (1980)
  • Johnny (1980)
  • Varumaiyin Niram Sigappu (1980)
  • Viswaroopam (1980)
  • Sankarlal (1981)
  • Dheiyva Thirumanangal (1981)
  • Meendum Kokila (1981) (Ran 175 days in Tamil centers.)
  • Raanuva Veeran (1981)
  • Moondram Pirai (1982) (Ran 329 days in Tamil centers.)
  • Deviyin Thirivilaiyadal (1982)
  • Thanikkattu Raja (1982)
  • Pokkiri Raja (1982) (Ran 148 days in Tamil centers.)
  • Vaazhve Maayam (1982) (Ran 200 days in Tamil centers.)
  • Adutha Vaarisu (1983)
  • Kannan Oru Kai Kuzhandhai
  • Idhu Eppadi Irukku
  • Saithadhamma Saindhadhu
  • Sathyavan Savithri
  • Avalukku Nihar Avale
  • Kanimutthu Papa
  • Pirarthanai
  • Naalumani Pookal
  • Oonjal
  • Santhippu (1983) (Ran 175 days in Tamil centers.)
  • Naan Adimai Illai (1986)
  • Tucker Raja
  • Meenakshiyin Thiruvilaiyaadal
  • Deva Raagam

Telugu

  • Bangarakka (1977) (First Telugu movie as heroine.)
  • Padaharella Vayasu (1978)
  • Burripalem Bolludu (1979)
  • Kartheeka Deepam (1979)
  • Vetagadu (1979)
  • Mudulla Koduku (1979)
  • Aatagadu (1980)
  • Chuttalunnaru Jagratha (1980)
  • Devudu Ichchina Koduku (1980)
  • Gharana Donga (1980)
  • Mama Allulla Saval (1980)
  • Premakanuka (1980)
  • Rowdy Ramudu Konte Krishnudu (1980)
  • Sardar Paparayudu (1980)
  • Gaja Donga (1980)
  • CID (1980)
  • Mosagadu (1980)
  • Patagadu (1980)
  • Akali Rajyam (1981)
  • Balanagamma (1981)
  • Bhoga Bhagyalu (1981)
  • Gharana Gangulu (1981)
  • Ghatasari Atta Sugasari Kodalu (1981)
  • Konda Veti Simham (1981)
  • Premabhishekham (1981) (Ran for more than 500 days in Hyderabad)
  • Rani Kasula Rangamma (1981)
  • Illalu (1981)
  • Satyam Shivam (1981)
  • Aadi Vishnulu (1982)
  • Anuraga Devata (1982)
  • Bangaru Bhoomi (1982)
  • Bangaru Koduku (1982)
  • Bobbili Puli (1982)
  • Devata (1982)
  • Justice Chowdury (1984)
  • Kalavari Samsaram (1982)
  • Krisharjunulu (1982)
  • Krishnavatharam (1982)
  • Samsher Shankar (1982)
  • Vayyari Bhamalu Vagalamari Bharthalu (1982)
  • Adavi Simhalu (1983)
  • Kirayi Kotigadu (1983)
  • Mundadugu (1983)
  • Ramarajyamlo Bheemaraju (1983)
  • Ramudu Kadu Krishnudu (1983)
  • Simham Navindi (1983)
  • Sri Ranganeetalu (1983)
  • Urantha Sankranthi (1983)
  • Kanchu Kagada (1984)
  • Kodathrachu (1984)
  • Vajrayudham (1985)
  • Oka Radha Iddaru Krishnulu (1985)
  • Pachani Kapuram (1985)
  • Jayam Manade (1986)
  • Khaidi Rudrayya (1986)
  • Magudamleni Maharaju (1987)
  • Mavoori Magaadu (1987)
  • Aakhari Poratam (1988)
  • Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari (1990)
  • Kshana Kshanam (1991)
  • Govinda Govinda(1995)
  • S.P.Parshuram (1996)

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