Sridevi, the Lady Super star of Indian film industry, passed away on Saturday due to cardiac arrest at age 54.The actress was in UAE along with her husband Boney Kapoor and her younger daughter Khushi to attend a family wedding. The evergreen actor, who first gained success in Bollywood with Himmatwala in 1983, was one of the most iconic actors of her generation.
Here are 10 interesting facts of Sridevi that you probably didn’t know
1.Sridevi was born on August 13, 1963. real name was Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan. For her screen life, she had adapted the name Sridevi.
2.Sridevi first appeared on the silver screen as a child artist when she was only four years of age. M.A. Thirumugham’s Thunaivan (1969) was her debut film as a performer.
3.Sridevi and Anil Kapoor were a popular jodi at the Hindi movies through the 1980s and the 1990s. The two starred in 13 films together and delivered some of their best films which include Mr India, Lamhe, Laadla, Judaai among many others. Her films with actor Jeetendra were a major crowd puller as well. The two did 16 films together.
4. In the Tamil film industry, Sridevi did the most number of films with actor Kamal Hassan. The two starred in popular films like 16 Vayathinile, Vazhvemayam, Meendum Kokila and Moondram Pirai among many others.
5. In 1993, Hollywood director Steven Spielberg was casting for his now iconic film Jurassic Park. Sridevi was at the peak of her film career then and was approached by Spielberg but she refused. She felt the character did not offer enough meat for her to perform.
6.Sridevi has worked in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films.not many people know that she was down with 103 degrees fever, while shooting Chalbaaz’s famous song ‘Na Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai’.
7.Sridevi was only 13 years old when she played the role of Rajinikanth’s stepmother in Moondru Mudichu (Tamil film from 1976).
8.She has also won 5 Filmfare Awards for Best Actress in a leading role.
9.Sridevi, the last of the heroines from the South who made it big in Bollywood. she was preceded by the likes of Vyjayanthimala Bali, Hema Malini, Jayapradha and Rekha.After Sridevi‘s entry into Bollywood, the trend of actresses from south heading north ended and a reverse flow began with the entry of Khushbu in Tamil cinema, and the trend continues to this day.
10. In 2013, Sridevi was honoured with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India.