Sridevi was one of the greatest actresses of Bollywood. She carried women-centric films on her shoulder and even portrayed the role of a perfect heroine in many films. She was the first female superstar of Bollywood and a glimpse of her stardom was seen when she passed away and thousands of fans arrived to tell her the last goodbye.
Today, it is 56th birth anniversary of the actress. So, let’s at the list of films she will always be remembered for…
1983 release Sadma has to be the first in our list. The actress portrayed the role of a girl who meets with an accident and regresses to childhood because of a head injury. It is said to be one of the career’s best performance of the late actress.
While nowadays we talk about how women-centric films are doing well at the box office, back in 1986, Sridevi starrer Nagina was a super hit. It was the second highest-grossing film of the year. Sridevi’s dance number Main Teri Dushman was a big hit.
Mr. India released in 1987 and Anil Kapoor was seen in the titular role. However, Sridevi had a substantial role in the film and we can never forget her songs, Hawa Hawai and Kaate Nahi Katte. We all were waiting for the sequel to Mr. India, but director Shekhar Kapur has cleared that without Sridevi the film won’t get a sequel.
Director Yash Chopra was mesmerised with the beauty of Sridevi and used to write movies keeping her in mind. Chandni was Chopra and Sridevi’s first collaboration and it is one of the most loved characters played by the late actress. After the film released, a trend of white salwar-kameez started.
Sridevi was one of the most versatile actresses. She could easily carry any role given to her. In 1989 release Chaalbaaz, Sridevi played a double role. While one of her characters was shy, the other one was bold and daring. The actress won Filmfare Best Actress award for her performance in the film. There have been reports that a remake of Chaalbaaz is being planned. We wonder which actress will be able to play these two characters.
In 1991 release, Sridevi once again played a double role in Yash Chopra’s Lamhe. While one character was of a village belle, the other one was of a modern-day girl. Sridevi once again won Filmfare Best Actress award for her performance. Also, we can never forget the songs of Lamhe, especially, Morni Baga Ma.
It is surely not easy to make a mark when you share screen space with Amitabh Bachchan. But, in 1992 release Khuda Gawah, Sridevi stood shoulder to shoulder with Big B and proved that if he is a megastar, then she is the first female superstar. Khuda Gawah was a big hit at the box office and Sridevi was honoured by Afghanistan government for her performance in the film.
Before taking a long sabbatical, Sridevi starred in Judaai as the greedy wife. She was paired opposite Anil Kapoor and her character had a few grey shades. But she carried the role effortlessly. By the way, for her performance in Judaai, the actress once again won a Filmfare Award.
After 15 years, Sridevi made her comeback with the film English Vinglish. Her character of a simple housewife who starts learning English in New York was loved by everyone. The movie was a hit, proving that even after so many years; Sridevi still had the charm to pull audiences to the theatres.
Sridevi’s last film as the lead actress was 2017 release MOM. She played a very heroic character in the film who takes the revenge of her daughter’s rape. The late actress won several awards including a National Award posthumous.