What makes Sridevi so special?
With her recent release, Mom, her 300th film, Sridevi completed 50 years in the Indian Cinema. Yes you read it right, 50! Surprised? At the age of 4, Sridevi, born as Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan played young Lord Muruga in a Tamil film, Thunaivan.
She worked as a child artist in many films, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi.
Her first Hindi film as a leading lady was a dud, Solvan Saal with Amol Palekar and Khulbhushan Kharbanda. But as the era of 80s began, so did the rise of the first female superstar of Hindi Cinema. She did numerous films with actor Jeetendra, like, Himmatwala, Tohfa, Aulad and Suhagan and established herself as the unparalleled leading woman.
Sridevi is one of the first actresses of the Hindi Cinema who brought dancing as one of the prominent traits of the female protagonist. Hindi cinema no longer needed a vamp or a courtesan or the other woman to portray a dance number. In Sridevi, audience found the star that could do both, act and dance.
Sridevi has always been a fabulous dancer and majority of her films had at least one dance number where the superstar could perform. As an actor, Sridevi has been an actor par excellence. In 1983’s film, Sadma, Sridevi proved her mettle as an actor and her role of a child-woman garnered her much deserved critical acclaim. Till date, Sadma is considered as her career’s best performance.
With films like, Mr. India and Chaalbaaz, Sridevi proved that she is not just an intense actor but also a fine comedienne. Chaalbaaz was loosely based on the lines of Ram aur Shyam and Seeta aur Geeta and needless to say, Sridevi was as good as Dilip Kumar and Hema Malini in the double role.
Sridevi soon became the muse of one of the best filmmakers, Yash Raj Chopra, who immortalized her as the Chandni of the Indian Cinema.
Sridevi was again seen in playing double role in the films Khuda Gawah and Lamhe.
Lamhe, often labelled as Yash Chopra’s most conscientious work revolving around human emotions was snubbed by the audience owing to its incestuous theme. The film was way before its time. Though a box office disaster, Lamhe received accolades for its melodious music and song picturisation and it was Sridevi who added the charm to every frame of the film with her serious and mature Pallavi and bubbly and innocent Pooja. Every song in the film was dedicated to the beauty and appeal of the magnificent Sridevi. Who can forget Sridevi, clad in Rajasthani attire, dancing in the midst of the sand dunes to the tune of ‘Morni Bagha Maa’?
Or swinging, enjoying the rain and singing, ‘Megha re megha’, glad to have felt loved and dancing to, ‘Meri Bindiya, Teri Nindiya’?
Sridevi made a comeback after the hiatus of almost 15 years with Gauri Shinde’s English Vinglish in 2012. Sridevi became the only actress to make a successful comeback. Her character, Shashi was absolutely loved in the film and the film was a huge success not only in India but overseas as well with many critics comparing her work with that of Meryl Streep and Audrey Hepburn.
After the gap of 5 years, Sridevi was next seen in her home production, Mom, released this year in July and once again showed the world why is she called the first lady superstar of the Hindi cinema.
Oomphistan wishes Sridevi a very happy birthday!