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Overview (5)

Born in Sivakasi, Madras State, India
Died in Dubai, United Arab Emirates  (accidental drowning)
Birth NameShree Amma Yanger Ayyapan
Nicknames Puppy
Indian cinema's first female superstar
Chandni
Miss Hawa Hawaii
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sridevi was born on August 13, 1963 in her father's hometown of Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India. Her mother was from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. So Sridevi grew up speaking Telugu and Tamil. She has a sister named Srilatha and a stepbrother named Satish. Her dad passed away during the year 1991, while her mom died during 1997.

She started her career at a very early age in 1967 as a child artiste in a Tamil movie 'Kandhan Karunai'. She also starred as a child actress in a Telugu movie 'Bangarakka' in 1977, and in a Malyalam movie 'Kumara Sambhavan' in 1969.

She made her foray on the Bollywood tinsel screen in 1975 as a child actor with the smash-hit 'Julie' in which she played the younger sister of the lead actress. Thereafter she started to act in adult roles in Hindi only from 1979. She appeared in 63 movies in Hindi; 62 in Telugu; 58 in Tamil; and 21 in Malyalam - in a career that has spanned from 1967 through to 2007.

Sridevi established strong onscreen pair with Kamal Hasan in Tamil films from 1977-1983 and then with Jeetendra in Hindi Films from 1983-1988 which helped her get foothold in Hindi films. Her initial claim to fame was appearing as romantic interest to established stars NTR, ANR, Krishna Ghattamaneni,Vishnuvardhan in Telugu and Kannada films from 1978-1985.She has four hits with Rajesh Khanna and then from late 80's till 1996 her pair with Anil Kapoor was popular. But she became popular all over India, thanks to Tamil films' remakes in Hindi in 1983-1990 which were produced and directed by the same team which had made the southern version first and in these films she was cast opposite Rajesh Khanna or Jeetendra.

She has also appeared in the TV series 'Malini Iyer', judged a TV show 'Kaboom' as well as appeared in numerous print and TV ads. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Asian Academy of Film & Television.

Sridevi went on to get married to her co-star, Anil Kapoor's older brother, Boney, on June 2, 1996. They are now parents of two daughters: Jhanvi and Khushi.

She made a comeback to films with "English Vinglish" in 2012.

She passed away on 24 February 2018 by accidental drowning in bathtub during her stay at the hotel Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai UAE, when she was attending the wedding of Bollywood actor Mohit Marwah in Dubai, UAE. She was 54 years old.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: rAjOo

Spouse (1)

Boney Kapoor (2 June 1996 - 24 February 2018) ( her death) ( 2 children)

Trivia (35)

Tamil/Telugu/Hindi megastar
Sister-in-law of megastar Anil Kapoor.
Daughter-in-law of Surinder Kapoor and sister-in-law of Sanjay Kapoor.
She is on the Board of Director at the Asian Academy of film and television.
Has two daughters named Jhanvi (b. 1997) and Khushi (b. November 5, 2000), both named after the heroines in husband Boney Kapoor's films Judaai (1997) and Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000).
In the 1980s, Jaya Prada and Sridevi were fierce rivals. They were of a similar age, from the South and considered contenders for the coveted number one slot in Hindi cinema. Producers loved pairing them up in films, because of their amazing on-screen chemistry. But in public, each would give the other the cold shoulder. Once, during the shooting of Maqsad (1984), Jeetendra and Rajesh Khanna locked the two warring queens in the same makeup room hoping they'd make up. No such thing happened. Two hours later, when he opened the door, they found the actresses sitting at opposite ends of the room in silence. However, in 2015, Sridevi attended the wedding of Jayaprada's nephew and warmly held hands with her former rival. In the intervening 30 years, both had taken separate paths in life, with Sridevi focusing on motherhood, and Jayaprada focusing on politics, so they were no longer in competition to rule the silver screen, and thus were able to mend fences. Jaya Prada and Sridevi remained in touch between 1998 to 2018. They worked together in Tohfa, Maqsad, Aulad, Main Tera Dushman. When Sridevi died of accidental drowning in 2018, a shocked Jayaprada called it "a bad dream" and talked about how it was Sridevi's wish that her daughters rule the silver screen like she had. Then, she went to Sridevi's house to pay her last respects to the family.
Sridevi was offered a role in "Jurassic Park" by Steven Spielberg. She refused because it wasn't a starring role and it would have meant taking a hiatus from Bollywood at a time when she was at the peak of her career.
She was cast in a dual role in 1993's Baazigar. However, the director felt that the audience would never be able to sympathize with Shah Rukh Khan's character if he 'killed' Sridevi on Screen. The role was re-written and two different actresses (Shilpa Shetty and Kajol) were hired to play the roles originally meant for La Devi.
Was the original choice for the role in 'Beta' that made Madhuri Dixit a superstar. She turned the role down, because she felt she was already doing too many films with Anil Kapoor.
At the height of her career, Sridevi received countless marriage proposals from wealthy American and British born Indians who saw her as the perfect trophy wife. One of her rumored suitors was Hollywood movie producer Ashok Amritraj.
She was the sole income earner in her family. She financially supported her mother, stepfather, sister and stepbrother.
Sridevi was the highest paid Hindi actress from 1985-1992 and the 2nd highest paid Hindi actress from 1993-1996.
She fondly recalled meeting the then-assistant director K. Raghavendra Rao when she was a child actress. A scene called for her to cross the street, and when she got hit by a vehicle, K. Raghavendra Rao immediately lifted her and carried her to a doctor even though she suffered only minor injuries. A few years later, when he became a director, he first made her a star in Telugu films with Padaharella Vayasu (1978) and then again in Hindi films with Himmatwala (1983).
Sridevi could not speak Hindi when she stepped into the Hindi film industry. She dubbed her dialogues for the first time in Chandni (1989). While, yesteryear actress Naaz had dubbed for her in her previous films, Rekha had dubbed for her in Aakhree Raasta (1986).
Sridevi was not the director's first choice for two of her films which made her a star. Jaya Prada was considered for Nagina (1986), while Rekha was supposed to do Chandni (1989).
When Boney Kapoor approached Sridevi's mother for Mr India, her mother quoted Rs 10 lakhs as fee. Boney Kapoor paid Sridevi Rs 11 lakhs instead. Later, he admitted that he wanted to get close to the actress.
While shooting for the hit song Na Jaane Kaha Se Aayi Hai from Chaalbaaz (1989), the actress was running a fever of 103 degrees. Her performance won her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Hrithik Roshan had his first speaking role opposite Sridevi in Bhagwan Dada (1986) in which he had a small role as a child artiste.
She lost her father during the shooting of Yash Chopra's Lamhe (1991) in London. She flew home for the last rites and returned to work to shoot a comedy sequence with co-star Anupam Kher.
Her former secretary is Hari Singh, whose daughter Bhumicka Singh debuted in the movie For Your Sake (2006).
After Yalgaar, Feroz was toying around with several ideas for his next film. He wanted to remake his film Dharmatma as "Agnikund" with Anil Kapoor as the Godfather. Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty were to play his sons. Music was by Anu Malik. He earlier wanted to make the same film with himself, Anil Kapoor ,Jackie Shroff, Sri Devi and Sonam in 1987 with the title "Yalgaar". But that film was shelved due to Anil Kapoor disagreeing when Feroz Khan dropped Jackie from the film. He later started Yalgaar with himself and Sanjay Dutt, but with a different subject and story line. Anil Kapoor refused "Agnikund" in 1994 because he did not want to play father to Akshay Kumar and Sunil Shetty. Feroz Khan had sold the audio , the overseas video and theatrical rights To Venus for 2.4 crores. Feroz Khan shelved the idea once again when the casting did not work. Feroz Khan shelved the idea once again. He then started Janasheen in 1995 with Akshaye Khanna and Mamta Kulkarni. That too got shelved so he could launch Fardeen in Prem Aggan.
Director Narayana Rao Dasari used her name in the song "Devi Mounama Sridevi Mounama" that was picturized on her in the hit film Premabhishekam (1982).
Fluent in several languages, including Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, and English.
Urban legends say that Sri Devi's mother Rajeshwari was a dancer in films.
The pair of Jeetendra-Sridevi did 16 films together between 1983-88 and 13 of them were hits and 3 were flops.The 13 hits were Himmatwala (1983), Jaani Dost (1983), Justice Chaudhry(1983), Mawaali(1983), Akalmand (1984), Tohfa (1984), Balidaan (1985), Suhagan(1986), Ghar Sansar (1986), Dharm Adhikari (1986), Aulad (1987), Sone Pe Suhaaga (1988). The 3 flops of the pair were Sarfarosh (1985),Aag Aur Shola (1986),Himmat Aur Mehanat (1987).
Successful Tamil films include Bharathi Raja's Sigappu Rojakkal, SP. Muthuraman's Priya, Karthika Deepam, Johnny, Varumayin Niram Sivappu and Aakali Rajyam.
.She acted with Jayalalitha in Thirumangalyam, Kandan Karunai and Adi Parashakti.. She acted with Sivaji Ganesan as a child in Babu and also was paired opposite him in Sandhippu (1983). She acted as a child with M.G.Ramachandran in Nam Naadu.
Sridevi's first release of 1977 was Gayathri, followed by Kavikkuyil and 16 Vayathinile and Telugu remake - Padaharella Vayasu in 1978.
Her performance in the 1992 Ram Gopal Varma directed Kshana Kshanam won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Telugu and Andhra's Nandi Award for Best Actress.
During the 1980s, [[Mithun Chakraborty]] had a love affair with Sridevi. Sridevi had fallen in love with Mithun Chakraborty on the sets of [[Rakesh Roshan]]'s Jaag Utha Insan (1984).Sridevi and Mithun Chakraborty got married secretly, and Mithun Chakraborty admitted it to the press when a fan magazine published their marriage certificate.Their marriage lasted for 4 years from 1985 to 1988. Mithun was already married hence divorced her in 1988.
Baby Sridevi's performance in Poompatta (1971) in Malayalam won her the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist.
In 1981, she starred in the Tamil film Meendum Kokila which won her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Tamil. In 1982, Sridevi starred in Moondram Pirai playing a woman suffering from amnesia and went on to win the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress.
Sridevi's funeral is estimated to have attracted the fourth highest number of mourners, ranking below the 3 previous biggest funeral processions of non political film personalities Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Khanna in India from Hindi film industry.
Her remains were cremated and her ashes were scattered off into the rameshawaram coast in Chennai.
Another Indian actress who married a married man.

Personal Quotes (6)

To be very honest, the characters I have played in the south has been much, much more challenging and exciting then what I have done in Hindi cinema
The character I was supposed to play in "Yugpurush" is a very good character. There was only one thorn in the flesh, I was supposed to be playing a prostitute. Somewhere I think I have developed a mental block against playing a prostitute. I get uncomfortable and so I guess I won't be able to do full justice to the character.
Believe it or not, I don't have an ego. That is one of the first lessons I learnt when I entered this line. Every thing here is so uncertain. One moment you are a goddess and the next moment you are out of work. And under the circumstances the ego is hardly any help. I don't believe in it and I think every actor or actress should learnt to crush their ego even before they learn to act. But here the equation is very strange, so many people who don't know to act also have an ego
During work, I don't like fights and tensions. Jaya Prada and I initially did not get along. However, when we realised that the press was thriving on our cold war, we decided to make up. Strangely, the fights never affected our work. If you see Tohfa (1984) or Maqsad (1984) you will never sense the hostility. Thank God, we are on talking terms now, no more of those pointless controversies.
In Hindi, my favorite roles were in Naya Kadam, Masterji, Mr. India, Lamhe, Chaalbaaz, Laadla, Mr. Bechara, Judaai.That too remember Naya Kadam, Masterji, Laadla, Judaai, Mr. Bechara were remakes of Tamil films with different heroine. But in Tamil films, the list is longer. All the films I did in Tamil were really strong ones - every film I did with K.Balachander, Bharati Raja, Balu Mahendra and starred with Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Hasan, Rajnikanth were really great films. I enjoyed the romantic roles I played with N.T.Rama Rao Sir, A.N.R sir as well.So directly or indirectly Tamil films have contributed me the most in my career either by way of doing direct Tamil films or by its remake in Hindi.
I had been fortunate that the actors whose films, I used to see with my parents - like Rajesh Khanna sir, Jeetendra sir, Akkini Nageshwara sir , N.T.Rama Rao sir and Sivaji Ganesan sir - I got opportunity to act with them. They were simply great in maintaining their personas and getting into their roles easily.All of them had really great career. I feel happy about having worked with legends.

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