The sudden death of Sridevi on 24th February has left her fans in India and elsewhere in a total stun. In innumerable tributes, she was regarded as the first female superstar of Indian silver screen. Shock and grief hit the country as Bollywood icon Sridevi, loved by millions around the country for her roles in movies like “Mr India”, “Chandni” and “Himmatwala” etc, died due to a cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone to attend the wedding of actor and relative Mohit Marwah.
The star was one of the most sought for actresses in the industry and was especially noted for her impeccable timing as a comedienne, flawlessness and her style and grace.
The life and career of Sridevi
Born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan in Sivakasi, in 1963, Sridevi broke into acting at the tender age of four. She landed her first role by 13, which saw her play a college girl involved in a bitter love triangle.
In the ’80s, though Bollywood was largely dominated by male superstars, Sridevi’s luminous style and impeccable comic timing brought her the tag of Bollywood’s first woman superstar. She made her debut as a protagonist actress in Bollywood in 1978 and was eventually regarded as Hindi cinema’s first “female superstar”.
Apart from Hindi movies, Sridevi acted and produced films in the Tamil, Teluga, Malayalam and Kannada languages.
Sridevi debuted in Bollywood in 1979 with “Solva Sawan” but gained recognition in 1983 with “Sadma”. In the 1980s and 1990s, she charmed audiences in films that were female-centric such as “Chandni”, “Lamhe”, “Chaalbaaz” and “Mr. India”.
She was one of the most famous actresses in Bollywood and her name alone guaranteed a film’s success most of the time. Her dance moves in songs like “Hawa Hawai”, the sultry “Kaate nahi kat-te” and the snake dance in “Nagina” were copied by legions of fans.
She featured in almost 300 films throughout her career, took a break from films soon after she married Boney Kapoor in 1996 and in 2012 returned to the craft in Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish after a 15-year hiatus. In 2013, she received Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award.
Popular comeback in the acting industry
In her searing return in 2012’s “English Vinglish”, she portrayed the role of a housewife struggling to learn English after being belittled by her family. Her phenomenal performance received rave reviews. The following year, she also made an appearance in Bombay Talkies.
Sridevi amazed her fans in “Puli” with her stupendous performance as a villainous queen, which additionally denoted her rebound to Tamil cinema after a gap of more than two decades.
She was also seen in vindicate -drama, Mom, featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshay Khanna last year. She shot for a cameo appearance in Shah Rukh Khan’s up and coming film – Zero, which is yet to release in December.
The Death of Sridevi
According to a report in Khaleej Times, Sridevi’s husband, Boney went back to Dubai to surprise her. Sridevi was getting ready for a night out with him when the tragedy occurred.
Boney flew down to Dubai from Mumbai and went to Sridevi’s room at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel at around 5.30pm to surprise her. They had a brief discussion before he asked her to have dinner with him. Sridevi went to the washroom to spruce up however when fifteen minutes passed, Boney knocked on the door but received no response. He then forced open the door and was shocked to find his beloved wife lying still in the bath filled with water. He tried to revive her and when he could not, he then called a friend of his. After that, he informed the police and the ambulance was called.
Paramedics tried to resuscitate her, but she was already dead. Her body was then taken for autopsy to the General Department of Forensic Medicine. However, many sources say that there might be another cause of the death of Sridevi; and this mystery is being investigated.
The Rubbish News channels are yelling out
Many news channels are portraying rubbish about Sridevi’s death and treating the incident as the hot topic. It is really immoral and shameful. The renowned journalists Rajdeep Sardesai and Barkha Dutt have tweeted to showcase their pity for these channels.
And not for the first time, Indian news channels are now forensic experts, doctors and sleuths based on zero hard info . We don’t let people live in peace, we won’t let them die either! #Sridevi
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) February 26, 2018
The only answer to these #Sridevi hideous hashtags on news tv tonight is one of our own : #NewsKiMaut. Forget a bathtub; a drain pipe will do for this gutter level rubbish. Ashamed to be affiliated with this. Relieved to not be on air in this present environment
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) February 26, 2018
The Nation Mourns
Condolences started pouring in on social media as the fans all around the world mourned the death of Sridevi. Many actors from the industry also tweeted to express their pain of this tragic incident.
I loved her, admired her so much. My 1st ever acting shot was with Sri Devi, I was nervous in front of her n I remember her shaking her hands pretending 2b nervous cause of me just 2 boost my confidence. V had 2 laugh,n she kept laughing until I got it right. Will miss you mam pic.twitter.com/OYXfurcIFx
— Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) February 25, 2018
We’ll be following this case with you and try to keep you posted.