Legendary Bollywood actor Sridevi passes away in Dubai, she was 54
- Sridevi, known for her versatility as an actor, made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with “Solva Sawan”.
- But it was only after five years with Jeetendra-starrer “Himmatwala” that she gained commercial success.
Sridevi, died late in the night reportedly due to cardiac arrest in Dubai, where she had gone along with her family to attend her nephew Mohit Marwah’s wedding. Confirming the news, a source close to the family said, “Yes it’s true. She was in Dubai while some of the other family members came back to India. We hear it’s cardiac arrest.”While some of her family members returned from Dubai after the wedding, Sridevi, Boney and her younger daughter Khushi stayed back. Her elder daughter Janhvi did not accompany the family due to her shooting schedule.
Fans gather outside the residence of #Sridevi in Andheri who has passed away due to cardiac arrest. Say ‘We are shocked and still cannot believe the news of her death. Very saddened and pained about her demise. Her acting skills were remarkable’ pic.twitter.com/H059IQJM0F
— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2018
A versatile actor, Sridevi made her Bollywood debut in 1978 with “Solva Sawan”.
But it was only after five years with Jeetendra-starrer “Himmatwala” that she gained commercial success. Her beguiling eyes, scintillating screen presence and acting prowess soon made her one of the most sought-after artistes in the Hindi film industry.
While films like “Mawaali” (1983), “Tohfa” (1984), “Mr India” (1987) and “Chandni” (1989) kept her at the top in the box-office game, her outings like “Sadma” (1983), “ChaalBaaz” (1989), “Lamhe” (1991), and “Gumrah” (1993) earned her critical acclaim.
She went on a hiatus for 15 years after starring in home production — “Judaai” — co-starring her brother-in-law Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar. It was director Gauri Shinde’s “English Vinglish” in 2012 that marked Sridevi’s comeback.
Her nuanced performance as a middle-class woman, learning to speak English to feel accepted by her family, won accolades, and the film was also a commercial success.
Last year, she was seen in revenge-drama — “Mom” — opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Akshaye Khanna. She shot for a special appearance in superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s upcoming film — “Zero” — which releases in December.
But by the time she made her entry into Bollywood, the actor was a known face in South Indian films. She made her debut in Tamil films as a child artiste with “Thunaivan” in 1969. As an adult, she debuted in Tamil cinema in late 70s. She also worked in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films.
Besides Boney and Khushi, she is survived by older daughter Janhvi Kapoor, who is currently working towards making her entry into the Hindi cinema. Sridevi was step-mother to actor Arjun Kapoor and his sister Anshula, who Boney had from late first wife Mona.
Condolences started pouring in on social media as the news of the actor’s death spread.
Priyanka Chopra: I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day . RIP
I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day . RIP
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 24, 2018
Terrible terrible news…. Am shocked beyond words. SRIDEVI ji No More … 🙏🏽 RIP
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) February 24, 2018
I just heard Ma’am Sridevi passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. I am in shock…cant stop crying…
— sushmita sen (@thesushmitasen) February 24, 2018
— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) February 24, 2018
I’m shocked and very disturbed. I’ve lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I feel the pain with them #RIPSridev … you will be missed.
— Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) February 25, 2018
Have witnessed Sridevi’s life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificeint lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. Sadma’s lullaby haunts me now. We’ll miss her
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) February 25, 2018
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) February 25, 2018
Woken up to this tragic news. Absolute shock. Sad. Heartfelt condolences to Boney and their two daughters!
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) February 25, 2018
Shocked beyond words to hear about the sad and untimely demise of #Sridevi. A dream for many, had the good fortune of sharing screen space with her long ago and witnessed her continued grace over the years. Thoughts and prayers with the family. RIP 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 25, 2018
— SHILPA SHETTY KUNDRA (@TheShilpaShetty) February 25, 2018
Rajkummar Rao: Can’t believe it, my most fav actress #Sridevi ji is no more. It’s a huge loss. Met her so many times in last couple of months and she was always so kind and gracious. You’ll be missed ma’am. We all love you and very proud of you and your achievements.
Raveena Tandon: Woken up to Absolute Shock and Disbelief ! Tragic news ! Im at a loss of words,can’t comprehend this at all! Why? Gone Too soon ,Sri , my heart goes out to Boneyji,jahnvi and Khushi at this moment. Condolences and Prayers . #sridevi
Mahira Khan: So grateful to have grown up and lived in the times of #sridevi . Thank you for the movies, thank you for the magic. You shall live on forever..
Aditi Rao Hydari: Shaken and shocked beyond words… RIP #Sridevi ji… she will truly shine forever… prayers and condolences to her family and fans…
Kumar Sanu: Shocked by the news! Condolences to the family. RIP #Sridevi ji! 🙏
Hansika Motwani: Shocked ! I can’t even believe this … this can’t be true . Still in shock . This is the darkest day in Indian cinema . A legend , A true star , an act par excellence , any amount of words will fall flat to express the demise of #sridevi ji , gone too soon .
Ajay Devgn: Still can’t believe it. She was truly iconic. Shocked. #Sridevi
Nawazuddin Siddiqui: It’s a heart breaking news, can’t even imagine in the worst of my dreams – World losses the best performer – Condolences to the Family. Rest in Peace #Sridevi Ji
Neeti Mohan: #Sridevi Ji Can’t believe you have left us. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family 🙏🏼 Thank you for your magic at the movies. You taught us how it’s done.
Kajal Aggarwal: Extremely sad and shocked to hear about the sudden demise of my most favourite actor and role model, #Sridevi Ma’am.. this must be so difficult, my heartfelt condolences to the family 😢 #RIPSridevi #gonetoosoon #heartbreaking
Mahesh Babu: Shocked & disturbed with the news of #Sridevi garu’s demise. She truly was the epitome of everything amazing as an actor & a woman. My all time favourite actress.. Gone too soon. Strength to her family & loved ones. May her soul Rest in Peace.
Shruti Seth: RIP #Sridevi My love & condolences to her family. Finding it hard to articulate my shock and sadness. 😢😢😢
Rohan Mehra: Deeply saddened by the untimely demise of versatile actor #Sridevi Ma’am.. Her contribution to Hindi cinema is unparallel and will be remembered for generations to come. My condolences to her family and countless admirers.
Harshita Gaur: One of the most vibrant actress has gone leaving behind a legacy that will continue forever. Condolences to the family. RIP #Sridevi
Ashutosh Gowariker: Did not know that GODDESSES can be no more!! Just CANNOT believe it!! RIP #Sridevi ji ! My deepest condolences to Boney ji and family!!
Jackie Shroff: Deeply saddened and shocked to hear about the untimely demise of #Sridevi ji.. my condolences to the family. R.I.P
Vivek Oberoi: A legend, an enigma, a superstar whose brilliance dazzled us for decades, goes back to the heavens where she came from! RIP #Sridevi ji, you will live forever in our hearts..
Johny Lever: Had met #Sridevi ji last month at the Mumbai Police show, and like always she had a beautiful smile on her face and we spoke in our mother tongue Telugu…A great actress and a lovely person, she will be deeply missed. #RIP
Dulquer Salmaan: Heartbroken ! Last met her at MAMI and the Antilla party that followed. Stunning as ever, this is how I first met #Sridevi Ma’am 😞😞 #RIP