Birth Date: 13th August, 1963
Marital Status: Sridevi tied the knot with veteran actor Boney Kapoor in 1996, who was the elder brother of actors Sanjay Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. Boney Kapoor’s 1st wife was supposed to give shelter to Sridevi in their home, from where Sridevi’s torrid affair with Boney Kapoor took a fling. They are blessed a happy married life with two daughters- Jhanvi and Khushi (also known as Krishna). While at the toe-tip of her filming career Sridevi had been linked with various stars even before she took her marriage vows with Boney Kapoor.
Awards: She started winning the laurels from the very kick-start of her filming career. She bagged the Kerala State Film Award for the Best Child Artist “Poombatta” (1970), Nandi Award for Best Actress in “Kshana Kshanam” (1991), Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress in “Moondram Pirai” (1982). She won 3 Filmfare Awards for Best Actress for 3 consecutive years for “Chaalbaaz” (1990), “Kshana Kshanam” (1991), “Lamhe” (1992) and another in 1982 for the movie “Meendum Kokila”.
Sridevi won nominations for various awards like the Filmfare Best Actress Awards for the films “Sadma” (1984), “Chandni” (1990), “Khuda Gawaah” (1993), “Gumrah” (1994), “Laadla” (1995), and “Judaai” (1997). She also got nominated for this film “Judaai” under the category of Best Actress in the Zee Cine Awards and Star Screen Awards.
She was honored by the Tamil government with the Kalaimamani Award; by the Andhra Pradesh government with the Kalasaraswathi Award (1997); with the Lachchu Maharaj Award (2003); also honored at the Cairo International Film Festival (2009) and also by the FICCI: “Living Legend in Entertainment Award” (2008).
Trivia: This gorgeous star was born in Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu. She had two siblings- sister Srilatha and brother Satish. She was the sole earning person in her family and had to suffice for her mother, father and siblings (she had one sister and two stepbrothers). Sridevi and Boney’s children are named after the female leads in her husband’s films, namely “Judaai” (1997) and “Hamaara Dil Aapke Paas Hain” (2000). Sridevi is the daughter-in-law of Surinder Kapoor.
She and Jaya Prada were regarded as contenders to each other as both of them were at the tomb of popularity and delivered equivalent hits. They were fierce rivals. She and Jeetendra together delivered 11 hit films out of 16 films where they were paired opposite each other. Even Sridevi was the highest paid actress of the decade since 1985. She turned down the role in “Beta” as she felt she was appearing too much paired up opposite Anil Kapoor on-screen. She was even heard to have turned down Hollywood offers, most importantly, when Steven Spielberg offered her a side in Jurassic Park. Her logic was that she wanted to hold on to her stable position when her career was at its peak in Bollywood and not to let it slack by quitting for abroad.
Sridevi was showered with ample marriage proposals from luxuriant rich British and American families, counting among her suitors was even Hollywood renowned film producer Ashok Amritraj.
Sridevi also developed a strong association with painting which brought her foreign connections for her art pieces being chosen for the international art auction house.
She is a member of the venerable Board of Directors at the renowned Asian Academy of Film and Television.
Biography: Sridevi made an incision into the tinsel town and peeked in the industry when she was a child. She made her debut as a child artiste in Tamil movie “Kandan Karunai” (1967) as bubbly ‘Muruga’. Throughout her teens, she acted in numerous roles in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. Later she debuted in the Hindi film genre as a child actor in “Julie”. She was a screen grabber since her childhood, and so were her later ones.
Her breach in the Tamil film industry was a remarkable success as she gradually rose in the viewer’s eyes as the star to be cast in her 1st film opposite the then South heartthrobs Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan in her movie “Moondru Mudichu” (1976) where she was positioned to be the female lead. Scores of successful films followed her career after her 1st Tamil breakthrough. Once paired with the Southie stars, she nurtured all the more hit deliverance with them to the industry, such as “Gayathri”, “Priya”, “Karthika Deepam”, “Kavikkuyil”, “Meendum Kokila”, “Johnny” and many more. She rose as a hit superstar with the film “Aakali Rajyam”. In 1979, she made her Bollywood debut opposite Amol Palekar with “Solva Sawan”-the remake of one of her Tamil films in 1977. She achieved the honours for her hits “Meendum Kokila” and “Mundram Pirai” for which she won critical appreciation, and the movies were critically acclaimed.
From 1983 to 1997, Sridevi was the in-demand star for every movie banner and the famed names of productions. Her next Hindi film “Himmatwala” (1983) paved her path firmly in the Bollywood film industry. Offers from every nook and corner and from reputed producers and directors gushed into her career graph. Her pairing up with Jeetendra in movies like “Tohfa”, “Justice Chowdhury” and “Mawaali”, and her Southern touch grooving style was what tagged her as a blockbuster face at the box office. In 1986, the fantasy film “Nagina” gave her a rise and helped her acquire the desired superstar status in Bollywood. In the late 80’s, the deliverance of movies like “Chandni” and “Chaalbaaz” reasserted her stand in the film industry, and even scripts were being written then visualizing Sridevi and the major lead of films. Her “Chaalbaaz” were given the honour of being counted in the Filmfare Magazine for 80 Iconic Performances of the Year, which was bestowed with the fourth position. In the 1990’s she worked under the banner of Yashraj Films in their aspiring film “Lamhe” for which she won critical appreciation internationally and it won the Filmfare Best Film Award. She was also paired opposite Amitabh Bachchan in film “Khuda Gawaah” which won her a Filmfare nomination for her dual mother-daughter role. In this very span of early 90’s, her Telugu film “Kshana Kshanam” won her the Filmfare Best Actress Award and the Nandi Film Award. In the late 90’s she continued to appear in movies like “Roop ki Rani Choron ka Raja”, “Laadla”, and many more. Among these the greatest gainer at the box office was “Gumrah” and “Judaai”, whilst her film “Laadla” was a moderate success. Later she appeared as the lead in many Telugu and Tamil films before her sabbatical of fifteen years. To name a few were “Govinda Govinda”, “Aakhari Poratam”, “Mudulla Koduku”, “Khaidi Rudrayya”, etc.
After a six year chasm, Sridevi returned to small screen in a television programme “Malini Iyer”. She sashayed the ramp for Lakme and HDIL Couture weeks in 2008-2009. She also has been appointed as showstoppers for veneered designers like Queenie Dhody, Neeta Lulla, and Priya Chintan. She also judged TV shows like “Kaboom” and appeared in “Jeena isi ka Naam hain”. She was honoured by Salman Khan in his TV show “10 ka Dum” and even Kareena Kapoor paid tribute to her by performing in her all-time chartbuster songs in the Global Indian Film and Television Awards (2011). She also appeared as a surprise special guest appearance in Aamir Khan’s TV show “Satyameva Jayate”, where she was also a suitor to petition against sexual and child abuse.
After a fifteen year long sabbatical, the glamour queen of Bollywood-Sridevi- announced her comeback in 2011, with her new film “English Vinglish” under Gauri Shinde’s direction. The film has an ensemble cast comprising Amitabh Bachchan in a cameo, French actor Mehdi Nebbou and also Adil Hussain. Her comeback, after her prolonged hiatus from this industry, was declared at the IIFA Awards 2011 at Toronto, which got her receiving cozy welcome from all Bollywood stars present there forth. The trailer which was raised for the movie’s promotional and teaser purpose has become a rage both nationally and internationally because of the tenoring theme the movie “English Vinglish” encompasses. The film’s trending promo portrayed a baffled Sridevi trying to decipher the English censor certificate issued for this very movie. It was broadcasted worldwide with the film’s first look on 15th June, 2012.
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