Sridevi’s return to Bollywood in English Vinglish in a rather unglamorous role has generated a vivid interest. The English Vinglish trailer released earlier this year has received more than a Lakh of views in YouTube. In the film, Sridevi plays the protagonist Shashi, a simple sari clad housewife settled in America toiling to learn English and impress her husband and rest of the family. The movie to be produced in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages marks Sridevi’s arrival after a period of about 14 years since Judaai in 1997.
One of the leading actresses of her times, the diva has held a unique position during her hey days and is still holds her ground with reverence. The stunning diva delivered the super hit film Himmatwala (1983) with Jeetendra, only in her second Hindi film. The electrifying dance of Sridevi and Jeetendra in “Naino Mein Sapna” from the film has become an evergreen hit. Sridevi proved her versatility with her sensitive portrayal of an autistic girl in the 1983 film, Sadma. The award winning successful movie has created a class of its own with Sridevi‘s and Kamal Hassan’s earnest performance. She ruled the Hindi film industry as its darling and produced box office movers with films like, Justice Chowdhury, Tohfa (1984), Mawaali (1983) and Suhaag (1986).
Whenever spoken of the deadly venom spitting Naagin the one image that pops up is of Sridevi in black sari dancing rhythmically to the flute with blazing furious eyes. Sridevi had proficiently outdone her contemporaries in essaying the role of the female snake in the successful venture Nagina (1986) and even bagged the sequel Nigahen (1989). Already a superstar her blockbuster film Chandni (1989) reassured her rank as the Bollywood’s reigning queen. And the craze of her white costumes became maddening with the film’s release. Sridevi pocketed the Filmfare Award for her double role performance in the “Seeta Aur Geeta” remake Chaalbaaz released in the same year. The audience got to see Sridevi’s competency in acting out the meek Anju and the quick Manju simultaneously. She acted in the nineties films Laadla (1994), Gumrah and Judai and still continues to be named as one of the leading personalities in the film fraternity. A talented and graceful actor Sridevi has created a very high benchmark with her works.
In her upcoming release, the glamour queen has danced to the number Navrai Maajhi for the film, showing some of her signature moves. The light and humorous movie reflects the inconveniences of the protagonist trying to cope in with the difficulty of speaking English in everyday life. The film has just premiered in the Toronto International Film Festival this Tuesday and received a welcome appreciation on Sridevi’s delightful performance. Given the standard Sridevi has set, it would be a highly anticipating watch for the diva to return to her roots. Meanwhile, the film’s promotion has been quite creative. One witty teaser of the film shows Sridevi trying to read the certificate of Censor Board with in her difficult broken English.
Directed by Gauri Shinde, the cast includes Priya Anand, Mehndi Nebbou and Adil Hussain as Sridevi’s husband. Amitabh Bachchan has given a special appearance for the movie which is supposedly a comic role. The movie to be in India on September 21st has been moved to October 5th in order to avoid a clash with Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine.