Gone Too Soon – Sridevi (1963 – 2018)
Dark day for Hindi cinema 24 February 2018.The day the talented and most beautiful actress Sridevi passed away, leaving many hearts in tears. Sunday 25 February 2018 people in India woke up to get the shocking news of Sridevi passing away in Dubai due to cardiac arrest where in two days later the doctors claimed her death was due to accidental drowning. Sridevi was the very first top actress whom we came to know during our childhood in late 80s. Her name was enough for us to sit in front of television two watch her films or her songs on Doordarshan Chitrahaar.
Actress who started her career at the age of 4 years in 1967 with Tamil film Kandan Karunai. A career which went for long 50 years in Indian cinema in different languages (Tamil,Malayalam,Telugu and Hindi) with 300 films . A well-known child artist in the South industry soon started taking lead roles at the early age of 13 and becoming one of the top actress of South film industry in late 70s. Her debut Hindi film as a child artist was Rani Mera Naam 1972, also acted in 1975 film Juile as lead actress Lakshmi’s 12 year old sister.
Solva Saawan 1979 was her first Hindi film in lead role which was a big flop and she shifted back to south industry. Her major break came 4 years later with the biggest blockbuster of that year Himmatwala in 1983.
Where audience couldn’t take eyes of Sridevi from her dance moves then there was know looking back she worked with all major big actors of Hindi film industry from Kapoors, Kumars and Khans. By mid 80s Sridevi became a major big star in Hindi films with hits like Sadma 1983, Justice Chaudhary 1983, Karma 1986, Masterji 1985, Mr India 1987 and many more. Nagina (1986) kept her position a as a top actress.
She had back back big hits there were also films where she over shadowed the male actors. After the success of Hawa Hawai song in Mr India she was called Ms Hawa Hawai.
She retained her place throughout the 80s into 90s. Chaalbaaz and Chandni 1989, put her up as an actor several notches.
In the 90s Sridevi continued her success full run at box office opposite two top 90s actress Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla. After her marriage to Boney Kapoor in 1996 she decided to take a break from film in 1997 after the birth of her daughter Janhvi Kapoor. Judaai was her last film to release before her break.
Shakti 2002 was to be her comeback film but was replaced by Karishma Kapoor when she found out she is pregnant with second daughter Khushi Kapoor. Her fans then had to wait for 10 more years until 2012 for her comeback in all 15 years since 1997. Between 1997 and 2012 she had a long delayed film release Meri Biwi Ka Jawaab Nahin in 2004 with Akshay Kumar which was shot in 1994. In 2004 she also worked in TV serial Mrs Malini Iyer which had a successful run for a year on Sahara One.
English Vinglish 2012 was Sridevi’s comeback film after 15 years where she again proved that she is still the best and she can also rule current generation like she did in 80s and 90s.
Mom 2017 was her final film while she was alive which marked it as her 300 film in her career and released on the same date 7th July as her debut film Kandan Karunai 1967, 50 years back. Sridevi was appreciated for her performance which also won her best actress award at Zee Cine Awards 2018. But no one even dreamt that this would be Sridevi’s last film as a lead. In 2018 Shahrukh Khan’s film Zero she will be making her last appearance in a cameo.
After success of Mom, Sridevi was very much excited of her upcoming project to Shiddat with Karan Johar co staring Sanjay Dutt, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. But tragically she passed away before the shoot could start. Morever she was excited for the big debut of her daughter Jhanvi Kapoor in the film Dhadak to be released in mid 2018. Sridevi had left no stone unturned for her daughters dream debut. But unfortunately she won’t be able to see her big day.
Sridevi reprised late Michael Jackson in many of her dance moves. After her shocking death only three words could be said from a Michael Jackson song – Gone Too Soon.